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Butter Pecan Crunch

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Butter pecan crunch is a no-bake, icebox cake perfect for a summer day get-together treat. Its filling is a creamy mix of vanilla pudding and rich butter pecan ice cream sitting atop a crispy graham cracker crust. And it’s made even better with a generous sprinkle of crumbled Heath bars.

No-bake desserts, like this butter pecan crunch recipe, are so easy to make! Some of our popular no-bake recipes include No-Bake Eclair CakeNo-Bake Strawberry Jello Pie and No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie.

slice of butter pecan crunch dessert

Butter Pecan Crunch

Ice cream is a great delight by itself anytime. But, when you combine it into a cake with all these compatible flavors, the deliciousness just multiplies.

Butter pecan crunch is a no-bake ice cream cake combines the thick texture of the ice cream base with the crunchy texture of the crust and toasted nuts for a satisfying texture profile.  

Butter Pecan Crunch Ingredients You Will Need

For the crust:

  • 10 graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons of melted butter

For the filling:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 quart of Butter Pecan ice cream
  • Cool Whip
  • 2 Heath candy bars

photo collage showing how to make butter pecan crunch

How to Make Butter Pecan Crunch

This butter pecan crunch takes so little time to make – and, it doesn’t require the oven at all.

Let’s start with the graham cracker base of this butter pecan crunch recipe. To make a graham cracker crust, crush all of your crackers finely into about 1 ½ cups of crumbs.

Add the sugars into the crumbs and combine the mix well with melted butter to make a crumbly paste.

Press this mix firmly into the bottom of the pan. Because this is for a no-bake recipe, set the crust by letting it refrigerate for about 10 to 20 minutes before putting in any fillings.

Next, mix the milk with the boxes of instant vanilla pudding until it becomes thick. Add in your butter pecan ice cream into the mix, and fold until even.

Pour this creamy filling into your pan with the graham cracker base.

Then, to the freezer it goes! I’d suggest also throwing in your 2 Heath bars into the freezer to make it easier to crumble them later on. Freezing should take at least 2 hours before everything sets.

After the pie is frozen, top the frozen dessert with Cool Whip and sprinkle on your crushed heath bars. 

slice of butter pecan crunch beside 9x13 baking dish

Feel free to add any more of your favorite toppings onto your ice cream cake. Extra chopped nuts is a great choice.

A drizzle of chocolate or caramel makes it so sweet too! Or you can add whipped cream, which is honestly a go-to for any dessert.

This recipe isn’t just limited to butter pecan, either! I’ve tried it with other ice cream flavors and they turn out just as amazing. Test out your favorite ice cream flavors, and let us know your top choices for this recipe.

slice of butter pecan crunch with fork beside it

No-bake icebox cakes are some of my favorite desserts to make. When my attention is mostly focused on making a delicious, complicated entree, I know I can still give my guests a wonderful dessert. 

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Butter Pecan Crunch

This no-bake dessert is the perfect sweet treat!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butter Pecan Crunch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling: 2 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 300kcal

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 10 graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons of melted butter

For the filling:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 quart of Butter Pecan ice cream
  • 1 small tub Cool Whip
  • 2 Heath candy bars

Instructions

  • Make the graham cracker crust in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
  • Mix milk and vanilla pudding together, then add butter pecan ice cream.
  • Pour on top of graham cracker crust, then put in freezer to chill.
  • Before serving, top with Cool Whip and 2 chopped up Heath candy bars.

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Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.

    1 Comment

    1. Layne Henderson

      Layne Henderson

      March 19, 2019 at 2:53 pm


      I could eat the entire pan myself it’s so yummy!

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