Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

A soft and chewy pistachio sugar cookie bar topped with cream cheese frosting!

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I got a new laptop. It was exciting for all of two days while everything was smudge-free, non-fingerprinty, and didn’t have food crumbs and drips everywhere. The newness and novelty was short-lived though since I’ve already christened it with some sugar that fell into the keyboard cracks as I was eating honey-roasted peanuts yesterday. The keys sort of crunch as I type now. This morning was a coffee spill – one that was blessedly very minor. Still, the keys are now both sugary and sticky. Delightful.

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It will only go downhill from here! My camera looks the same. It is decorated with food crumbs and frosting in lots of places.

There are worse problems than having sugar and frosting glued to most of the surfaces of your home, and finding your cat batting around sprinkles that have fallen to the floor. It’s a pretty fun “problem” to have.

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And of course it’s all worth it when you stumble on a recipe that’s a real winner. I love pistachio desserts and something about them feels fitting for springtime. I like artificial pistachio flavor arguably as much as the real deal. There are few artificial things that are as good or better than the real thing, but I think pistachio is one of those rare exceptions. I love pistachio nuts, for sure, but I am equally satisfied (if not more so) by fake pistachio! Thoughts? Agree or disagree?

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Take pistachio pudding mix, for example! I have a good many favorite recipes that feature pistachio pudding mix. Pudding mix makes cookies so soft and chewy, and really enhances flavor. These pistachio sugar cookie bars are unbelievably soft and chewy, and have tons of pistachio flavor. For good measure, if you’re a person who prefers the real deal, these have a smattering of actual chopped pistachios on top. With an easy creamy and fluffy cream cheese frosting, these are a delicious and simple springtime dessert!

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Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
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A soft and chewy pistachio sugar cookie bar topped with cream cheese frosting!
Recipe type: Dessert - bar cookie
Serves: 24 bars
Pistachio Bars:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 - 3.4 oz. boxes instant pistachio pudding mix
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. butter, melted
  • ¼ c. vegetable oil
  • ½ c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c. chopped pistachios
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
For bars:
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, pudding mix, sugar, and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, combine egg, melted butter, oil, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Mix the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until just blended.
  4. Mix in pistachios.
  5. Press the dough into a lightly greased 9x13-inch pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
  7. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
For frosting:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Spread over the cooled bars, and cut into squares.
  4. Garnish with additional chopped pistachios, if desired. EAT!!

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  1. says

    Your poor laptop!

    I was just thinking to myself the other day…my camera is looking and feeling pretty sticky these days. :(

    These bars look incredible, and are well worth a smudge or two on a new computer. That frosting!!! So YUM.

    Have a great weekend, Sarah!

  2. says

    What a tasty way to christen a new computer! Pistachio has been on my radar quite a bit lately. I take these delicious bars as another sign that I should do something about my pistachio craving.

  3. says

    The pistachio Gods have heard my cry for great pistachio recipes, this is the second one from #turnituptuesday!!! #pinned!

  4. says

    So I’ve never cooked with pistachios, but last summer I had some pistachio ice cream – oh yum! Then I bought some pistachios, and they’ve sat in my cupboard ever since.. I need to find something to make with them! Thanks for sharing this on Weekend Bites!

    • says

      Haha! Now you have a way to use them up! Though if they are a year old… maybe they should be tossed. Lol! Pistachio ice cream sounds divine!

  5. says

    Oh my yumminess. I must admit that I do love pistachios — and with cream cheese frosting. Oh my! Thank you for joining at Snickerdoodle. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  6. says

    This looks AMAZING! I love pistachio!

    I’m going to feature this on my Facebook page as one of my favorites from the My Favorite Things link party. Also following, since I realized I share your stuff almost every time you link up. šŸ˜› Thanks for partying with us, we love having you!

  7. says

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon. Have a great rest of your week!

  8. says

    I’m glad I am not the only one who’s tablet, gets a little sticky when I bake! My husban’s two favorite combinations, pistachios and sugar cookie! Can’t wait to try these! They look lovely! Thanks for sharing at Oh My Heartsie Girl WW! Looking forward to seeing you next week!

  9. says

    These look so good I had to share on my blog, I think I might make these for the weekend. I have most of the ingredients they look yummy and a different recipe for me to try. Printing!!

    Hope you have a great weekend, Happy Mothers Day!

  10. says

    I’ve never had anything like this. These are perfect for spring. So beautiful! This would make a lovely Mothers Day treat! Thanks for linking up at #PureBlogLove Link party! Hope to see you tonight! The party is undergoing some big changes. Come look! Have a great day!

  11. Kathy says

    I made these this week for our monthly birthday celebration at school, They were easy to make and turned out great. So yummy…they were a hit! I shared your recipe with several of my co-workers. Thanks for a great recipe; I will be making these again! :)

    • says

      Oh great!!! That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so glad you liked them. I love pistachio desserts and these were so simple to make! Yay, so happy to hear your feedback! :)


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