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Brown Sugar Fudge with Pumpkin Spice Walnuts

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma’s old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma's old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.

Lots of us have recipes that are passed down in our families for generations. One of ours is brown sugar fudge, also known as penuche fudge.

Old Fashioned Penuche Fudge

Brown sugar fudge is just tasty as it sounds, with minimal ingredients that allow you to achieve the delicious dessert you desire.

This fudge is special though – we’ve included pumpkin spice walnuts to make it seasonal and perfect for Thanksgiving and beyond.

This easy and creamy recipe is an old fashioned favorite, and you’re going to love it. Keeping reading to learn how to make it.

(get all of our pumpkin dessert recipes here!)

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma's old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.

Brown Sugar Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

For the walnuts:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of pumpkin pie spice

Tools

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma's old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.

1. In a sauce pan bring to a boil the butter, salt, milk, and sugar, stirring continuously.

2. Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce heat to medium and let simmer until mixture reaches 235 degrees (use a candy thermometer), or the “soft ball” stage. Stir occasionally, but don’t scrape down the sides of the pan.

3. While your fudge mixture is coming to temperature, roughly chop walnuts. Mix the olive oil, sugar and pumpkin pie spice together and toss to coat walnuts (it will be a loose coating). Bake at 350º for 6-8 minutes.

4. Once mixture has reached temperature, remove from heat and pour into a stand mixer. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir on medium low until completely smooth (2-3 minutes).

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma's old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.

5. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper and pour fudge into the pan.

Sprinkle walnuts evenly over the top and press down slightly. Let cool on the counter for 15-20 minutes then chill until firm.

*Note: I thought I was ruining the mixture at first. It took forever to get the temperature and when it did, it seemed a little lumpy, but I kept going anyway.

Once I added powdered sugar and vanilla and mixed for 2-3 minutes, it completely smoothed out. So don’t give up if you think it’s a little lumpy!

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma's old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.
Yield: 24 pieces

Brown Sugar Fudge

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma's old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.

Brown sugar fudge made from grandma's old recipe is a delicious and easy favorite! Just a few ingredients, with some pumpkin nut flair on top.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

For the Fudge

  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups light-brown sugar, packed
  • 10 T butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Walnut Topping

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 pinch pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan bring to a boil the butter, salt, milk, and sugar, stirring continuously.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce heat to medium and let simmer until mixture reaches 235 degrees, or the “soft ball” stage. Stir occasionally, but don’t scrape down the sides of the pan.
  3. While your fudge mixture is coming to temperature, roughly chop walnuts. Mix the olive oil, sugar and pumpkin pie spice together and toss to coat walnuts (it will be a loose coating). Bake at 350º for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Once mixture has reached temperature, remove from heat and pour into a stand mixer. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and stir on medium low until completely smooth (2-3 minutes).
  5. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper and pour fudge into the pan. Sprinkle walnuts evenly over the top and press down slightly. Let cool on the counter for 15-20 minutes then chill until firm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

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