Pecan Bars and a Cookbook Giveaway

Looking for a last minute dessert to add to your Thanksgiving dinner menu? How about one that uses only five simple ingredients?

Today I am featuring a quick, simple and decadent recipe for Pecan Bars from Claire Robinson, the host of Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix.

The holidays can be extremely hectic, so I love coming across great recipes that don’t require a slew of ingredients and that are easy to prepare. I whipped this Pecan Bars Recipe last night to take to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at work and I must say I was extremely pleased with the results. The rich buttery crust comes together in a matter minutes with the aid of a food processor and the filling could not be any easier. The final result is a rich, delicious bar that is full of pecan goodness.

Claire’s new book 5 Ingredient Fix offers a variety of eclectic recipes all using 5 ingredients or less. 5 Ingredient Fix makes preparing sophisticated and delicious meals a snap. Of course you know I headed right to the desserts where I found several some amazing creations such as Chai-Spiced Smores, Mocha Meringue Bark and a scrumptious Ginger-Pumpkin Tart.

If Clarie’s new book, 5 Ingredient Fix sounds like something you would dig, you’re in luck because Food Network has offered to give away two copies here on MBA. Woot Woot!

How Do You Enter?

Simply leave a comment on this post that finishes this sentence: I am thankful for ____________.

Want an Extra Entry?

Head over to Breakstone’s Triple Churned Contest and vote for My Baking Addiction! Each time you cast your votes automatically enters you to win up to $1,000. Be sure to come back to this post and leave a separate comment letting me know you voted! Thanks so much for your support.

You can catch Claire on 5 Ingredient Fix Saturdays at 10:30am/9:30c and on Food Network Challenge which airs this Sunday, November 28th at 8pm

If you are still looking for some great holiday recipes, you can find them from Claire and all the Food Network talent this Thanksgiving season at and on Food Network’s new In The Kitchen App for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch available on the App Store (more info at

The Details

-This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Sunday, 11/28/10 at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner will be drawn via and will be contacted via the email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner will have until Wednesday (12/1/10) to claim their cookbook, or I will have to choose another winner.
-Winner will receive one copy of Claire’s new book, 5 Ingredient Fix. Cookbook will ship directly from Food Network.


This giveaway is provided to you by the Food Network. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences. I was not monetarily compensated for this review or giveaway.

Pecan Bars

Yield: 24 bars


For the Crust:

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for dish
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Filling:

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
Pinch salt
1/3 light corn syrup
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 cups coarsely chopped pecans


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with foil allowing an overhang about 2 inches off the sides. Butter the foil.

3. In a food processor, blend together flour, sugar, butter and salt until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add 2 tablespoons cold water and mix until the dough just holds together. Press dough into bottom of buttered baking dish and bake in oven until golden in color, about 20 to 25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar and a pinch of salt and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the corn syrup, flour and pecans and mix until just combined. Spread the filling over the baked crust and bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to cool completely in the pan.

5. Remove from pan by pulling up the foil sides and putting it on a cutting board. Cut bars in desired size with a sharp knife and arrange them on a serving tray.


- Can be stored in an airtight container up to 2 days.

145 Responses to “Pecan Bars and a Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. Claire S — November 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I am thankful for my Lord and Savior: Jesus.


  2. Claire s — November 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I voted for you!


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    I’m thankful for my family and being able to spend time with them!


  4. Valerie Brice — November 26, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I am thankful for my choices I have made in life so far because so far I got 4 wonderful sons and a good loving husband to hold and a nice family of pets and so much more!


  5. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — November 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Wow those bars look absolutely delicious! I wish I had a panful!


  6. Auntie Jo Jo — November 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I’m thankful for my 100 year old Mother, she is so beautiful


  7. auntie Jo Jo — November 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I voted this mourning.


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    I am thankful for my family, and especially for spending time in the kitchen cooking, baking and eating with them!


  9. Lala — November 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

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    I am thankful for my beautiful baby boy (well, he’s a “toddler”now)!


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    I am thankful for my family. And baking.


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    I am thankful for my wonderful family.


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  16. Jen S. — November 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

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    I voted for you – good luck!


  19. Megan — November 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I am thankful for food and family!


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    I voted for you.


  24. Jennifer — November 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I love that show! What a great idea too. I’m thankful that my husband wasn’t out to sea this year for Thanksgiving and that (fingers crossed) he will be home for Christmas too. Great picture, BTW!


  25. gina — November 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I am thankful for my family, my home, and my love {thomas}.


  26. Jackie Clark — December 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I am thankful for my kids.


  27. Karen Harris-Webb — December 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I am thankful for two healthy grandson’s, that are a joy in my life.


  28. Ann Mcdonald — December 16, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I’m thankful for …Giveaways like this!


  29. Ann Mcdonald — December 16, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I vote in the Breakstones contest.


  30. Lisa — December 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    How about any comments regarding the recipe? Has anyone tried making this? How was it? Does anyone have any hints, tips, additions, substitutions or reviews?


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    I am thankful every year for being alive. I am a 39 year survivor of breast cancer and I appreciate every day no matter how good or bad it is. Thank you.


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    I am thankful that my son is home from Afghanistan.


  34. Sharon Jones — February 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I am thankful for God sending us a savior Jesus Christ and 5 ingredient fixes!


  35. Lori B — July 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I am thankful for such a wonderful dad while he lived and we made amends before he passed away


  36. Tamara — November 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I am thankful for my faith, family and friends.


  37. Elissa — November 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I am thankful for the love of my family.


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    I am thankful for my beautiful granddaughter! She is the most important & beautiful thing in my life!


  39. Donna wade — January 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I’m thankful for my husband. And we made it to 43 years and our life’s past and future journey.


  40. Donna wade — January 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I’m thankful for my husband. And we made it to 43 years of marriage and our life’s past and future journey.


  41. Jen — November 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I am thankful for the good people in my life. They have really helped get us through a tough year, and believe that better days are coming.


  42. Joyce Bailey — January 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I am thankful for wonderful recipes.

    Pecans are a favorite, and I’m going to make this recipe, this weekend!


    • Jamie — January 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Thanks for the sweet words, Joyce. You’re too kind!
      – Jamie

  43. Misty Hickman — February 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    My family and my faith


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