Holiday Bake-Off: Pecan Pie Bars Plus Awesome Bakeware Giveaway

I’m so excited to share one of my newest all-time favorite holiday recipes: Pecan Pie Bars. They are beyond amazing and are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Honestly, they are better than pecan pie, and they are so easy to prepare with no-mixer needed. Perfect for holiday parties, holiday gifts or family dinners, these Pecan Pie Bars last several days so they can be made ahead of time. The secret ingredient in this recipe is  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter“. Start the holiday season on the right track by choosing better for you foods that are delicious! Using “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” can make a difference as you add fresh, buttery flavor to the foods you love, while reducing saturated fat and cholesterol compared to butter.

This recipe is a part of the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” Holiday Bake-Off later this week where I will receive an all expense paid trip to New York City for a Test Kitchen Tour at Unilever. I will be competing against some of the most talented baking bloggers I know.  Also, I am announcing an awesome giveaway of some of my favorite baking products below. You can use some of these to make this recipe and enjoy year round. One lucky winner will receive all 3 of these products (see below) plus a coupon for a free “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter product”. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below. Entries close this Friday morning, November 12th. Part of the judging includes how many comments I receive so please enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below. This giveaway is to U.S residents only. Good luck and wish me luck too!

  • Dualt 5 Speed Chrome Hand Mixer

  • Le Crueset Enameled Stoneware Batter Bowl

  • Nonstick Baking Pan

Pecan Pie Bars

Cook Time:

25 minutes

Prep Times:

20 minutes


16 servings


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter softened
2/3 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 cups chopped pecans
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. For the crust, combine flour and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup softened butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Press dough evenly into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch metal baking pan.

3. For the topping, combine 2/3 cup butter, honey, corn syrup and brown sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring, whisking well. Stir in cream and bring to a boil 2 minutes. Add pecans, stirring well. Pour pecan mixture evenly over the crust. Top with chocolate chips, if desired. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and cool before cutting. To slice into diamonds, refrigerate for 15 minutes. Slice into squares and then in half diagonally. Store covered at room temperature for up to 4 days.

168 thoughts on “Holiday Bake-Off: Pecan Pie Bars Plus Awesome Bakeware Giveaway”

  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe this year for Thanksgiving. These look fabulous and would be great for a change from Pecan Pie

  2. OMG. Not only do those look amazing, but something even ME, the NON cooker could tackle. LOL YUM! Of course, I’d need that cookware to do it as my kitchen isn’t exactly STOCKED. LOL

    You always have the best DOABLE recipes and gorgeous photos!

  3. I love your blog 🙂 It is so helpful and I refer to it often…I especially love when you include nutritional data with your recipes. Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us!

    Grace & Peace,
    Andrea M

  4. Nothing says the holidays in the south like pecans. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Would be a great holiday gift for my neighbors.

  5. I absolutely LOVE baking and these look delicious!!! Thanks for all your great recipes and tips. I throughly enjoy your blog. I can’t wait to try this new recipe out. I would love to be the lucky winner of these cookware items!!! Best of luck at the bake-off. I know you will do a fantastic job.

  6. What a great, beautiful photo. We love pecan pie, and I love that you gave an opiton using chocolate chips! Great giveaway and have fun in NYC

  7. Love these Pecan Bars. Delicious! They are the perfect end to a holiday meal. So much better than having a whole pie!

  8. Those bars look phenomenal!! I am so going to try them (adapting them to be gluten free).
    Ooh! And all of those prizes are so so cool!

  9. I love anything pecan, my fav recipe is caramel pecan squares from the sono bakery cookbook. Your bars look AMAZING, will def try this soon. Good luck to you and good luck to me too 🙂 xoxo

  10. these bars look amazing!! perfect treat for the holidays…and they would be oh so much easier with these wonderful baking gadgets…hand mixers, baking pans, and le creuset batter bowls, makes baking jolly!!

  11. I would use the mixer to make one of my favorite cupcakes: Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Frosting.

  12. I don’t know what the fuss is all about….EVERYTHING Alison comes up with is INCREDIBLE! How she can be around all the wonderful she can create and stay so lean… inspiring!

  13. The pecan bars look great.I use I can’t believe its butter all the time so if the recipe is written with that in mind it should be delicious!!

  14. I love pecan pie, but these look so much easier to make. Will definitely be trying these for Thanksgiving.

  15. These sound delish! I’ll have to pass along the recipe to my sister who makes the same old pecan pie every year…good luck at the cook-off in NYC. Wish I were there with you living the “good life.”

  16. Will be trying this recipe SOON! Perfect for Fall! Would be thrilled to win the bakeware, as mine could definitely use replacing. 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe share!

  17. those bars look very warm.. would definitely like to pair one with a cup of coffee… would probably be good as muffins and even with some chocolate chips mixed in

  18. Pecan Pie is a favorite of my families – and I can’t wait to try this recipe. How perfect for a Southern Thanksgiving get-together. Thank you for sharing and good luck at the bake-off. Love all of your recipes. I know this one will be just as good.

  19. wow! those bars look delicious! i’ve been wanting to make these for so long, ever since i had about 7 of them at a holiday feast.


    Seriously, I know I’m biased, but I have put on about 10 pounds from these bars. These are like popcorn. Once you start, you can’t stop. They are so simple, yet so elegant and appropriate. I don’t think people will ever go back to pecan pie. Why would you with these?

    Can’t wait to see what happens in the Big Apple. All these bakers better watch out – These are a must win!!


  21. Ohhhh, this recipe is fab! This looks easy enough to whip up to take to a last minute holiday gathering.

    Would love to win the fun cooking stuff. Quality kitchenware makes ALL the difference, I think!

  22. I so love pecan bars or pie so I will be making this recipe this week. I just hope I don’t eat them all in one day.

    Best of luck to you.

  23. Good luck in NYC. I will be making these for Thanksgiving and as gifts. We use “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” in some recipes this looks great. I love the Le Crueset Enameled Stoneware Batter Bowl.

  24. Was lucky and got to taste these bars.. Amazing!!! I love “I can’t believe it’s butter” on vegies.. Have a great trip in New York!

  25. These pecan bars are great! Unlike most pecan pie the crust was very light. Very suprised it is not made with real butter. I like the filling on pie, is there a way to make them thicker with more filling?

  26. Those pecan bars look so yummy–I want to go home and make them tonight! Since your recipes haven’t let me down yet, even though I am a die hard butter fan I will try out your recipe to see for myself. Can’t wait. Good luck in NYC!

  27. Alison, you’ve done it again! This is the best part of the pie without the gooey part I don’t like!!! I might have to make a trial run (or three) before the holiday. NYC meet Alison!

  28. I have been eating I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter since my childhood. I think it makes a tastier buttercream frosting than butter.

  29. I cannot wait to try this recipe. I had these as a child over the holidays and have not found a recipe that replicates that special memory. These look great! Thanks for the recipe.

  30. I am not a great cook but you have convinced me to try this recipe! They look too good to pass up and are they really low in saturated fat?! I will try and will post what i think. Thanks for sharing!

  31. I have used “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” for a long time and love the idea of being able to incorporate it into an EASY, wonderful holiday dessert. Easy preparation and DELICIOUS results sound like this should be at the top of my holiday baking list this year! Thanks Alison for always coming up with something new for me.

  32. Oh my gosh, this recipe is going to be made in my kitchen tomorrow! I love pecan bars and have made many versions. Now I’ll make them with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I’m sure I’m going to be in “pecan bar heaven” by tomorrow afternoon.

  33. Have you tried pecan pie trifle, PP pudding, PP muffins,a PP martini or PP spinach (just kiddin about last one)?? Look forward to trying this bar recipe..seriously, how can you go wrong with brown sugar, pecans and ICBINB!!!

  34. These were so delicious and easy to make. I’m sure they will become a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition that my family will love.

  35. You are going to have a great time at your contest. With a recipe such as this, you will achieve the 1st place hands down!! I adore pecan pie and am going to try this recipe the week.

    Have fun and keep smiling

  36. Next to pecan pie, my favorite dessert is pecan pie bars. I love them any time of year, but I save them for Christmas time. I work with Better Recipes and am always trying new recipes. I will try these. I’m focusing on Christmas dessert recipes right now. For more wonderful recipes, try these Christmas Dessert Recipes

  37. I also bake pecan pies for Thanksgiving, but this year I will have pecan pie bars instead. I always use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for eating, so now I can cook with it too.

  38. This recipe looks fantastic, I would love to try and make this, but convert it to be gluten free. These would make the perfect fall/thanksgiving treat. Now following you on twitter.

  39. This is such an incredible giveaway, thank you so much!

    And those bars were AMAZING, out-of-this-world! In fact, they are the ONLY food my sister will eat that contains nuts!

  40. Oh YUM! With so many holiday parties to attend and cookie exchanges to go to, I am definitely making these to share with friends! Thanks for the wonderful recipe and good luck in NYC!

  41. Good Luck!! Those look yummy! I don’t think I would use the chocolate chips just because my kids aren’t big chocolate eaters

  42. Wow – these bars look so yummy and so much easier than the pecan tassies I usually make….can’t wait to try out this recipe – good luck at the competition

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