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Easy Penuche

This wonderfully easy Penuche recipe will blow you away with it's amazing brown sugar flavor and creamy texture! Perfect for the holidays and a tasty addition to cookie trays and dessert tables!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, dessert, desserts, fudge
Servings: 90 pieces
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 1 cup unsalted Challenge butter plus additional for buttering parchment
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans plus additional for topping if desired


  • Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a heavy bottomed 2 quart saucepan over medium-low heart, stirring as needed.
  • Stir in the brown sugar and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Gently pour in the milk and stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the mixture is lukewarm or at room temperature.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Stir in powdered sugar, one to one-half cup at a time, stirring until completely combined. Add powdered sugar just until the mixture is thick and has the consistency of fudge. (It wall harden as it chills.)
  • Stir in coarsely chopped pecans.
  • Spoon into the prepared loaf pan and top with additional pecans if desired.
  • Cover and cool until firm.
  • Cut into squares and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg