Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

A soft and chewy pistachio sugar cookie bar topped with cream cheese frosting!
Course Dessert - bar cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl


Pistachio Bars:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 - 3.4 oz. boxes instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. butter melted
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 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!!