Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft and chewy Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with cream cheese frosting. An easy treat that everyone will love!

I love baking with pudding mixes, they make everything so yummy! I have a recipe for Pistachio Cupcakes that has been a favorite since I was a little girl. These Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars are similar. Both start with pistachio pudding mix, and both are topped with cream cheese frosting. Both are absolutely scrumptious!

Soft and chewy Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with cream cheese frosting. An easy treat that everyone will love!

I just recently discovered the joy of sugar cookie bars. All of the flavor of sugar cookies, but so much easier to make! Just press into the pan, bake, frost, and cut. So simple, but oh so delicious.

Soft and chewy Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with cream cheese frosting. An easy treat that everyone will love!

These bars are extra soft and flavorful thanks to the pistachio pudding mix. The almond extract really boosts the flavor, so I highly recommend it. They aren’t overly sweet, so the cream cheese frosting on top is the perfect compliment. And of course the chopped pistachios on top add a yummy crunch. They are absolutely delicious, and I hope you’ll give them a try!

Soft and chewy pistachio sugar cookie bars with cream cheese frosting. These bars are easy to make, and taste simply amazing!

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Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe

Soft and chewy Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with cream cheese frosting. An easy treat that everyone will love!
5 from 7 votes
Soft and chewy Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars with cream cheese frosting. An easy treat that everyone will love!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 slices
Calories 268 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Cookie Bar

  • 3/4 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 6.8 oz instant pistachio pudding (just the dry mix)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash salt

Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 cup pistachios chopped (for garnish, optional)

Instructions
 

Cookie Bar

  • Cream butter, dry pudding mix, and sugar in a large mixing bowl till creamy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Press dough into the bottom of a greased 9x13" pan. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or till lightly browned on the edges. Cool completely, then frost. Garnish with chopped pistachios.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter in a small mixing bowl till smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat till smooth and creamy.
  • Spread over cooled bars and sprinkle chopped pistachios on top.

Frosting

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    Mmmm… These look SO yummy! My hubby LOVES pistachio, so I might have to make these for him. 😉

    Thanks for sharing with us Kara!

    For more delicious recipes by her, go visit her over at Creations by Kara.

    Soft and chewy pistachio sugar cookie bars with cream cheese frosting. These bars are easy to make, and taste simply amazing!

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    Comments:

    1. Where do you get the pistachio pudding mix? Can you get this at Walmart? I live in Canada, I’m obsessed with anything pistachio !!!! Really want to try this !! Thanks for sharing.

      1. I think they would be fine out, as long as they are covered or in a container. But, they can go in the fridge, too. They would be ok either way. Hope that helps!

    2. 5 stars
      I’ve made these 3 times now….and have eaten the majority of them….haha. I’ve made them lactose free too, with lactose free cream cheese and butter. They were more “dense” and heavy tasting, but still very good. I have tried topping with green jimmies and chopped pistachios, and prefer the jimmies. They aren’t good right out of the oven, or even right when you frost them because they are too soft and the frosting isn’t set. Refrigerate for best taste and texture!

    3. 5 stars
      I’ve made them twice now. They are really good! We prefer them refrigerated as well, just let them sit out for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Making them again this weekend! Thanks for the great recipe!

    4. Kristyn! I am working on starting up my own food blog and have loved your recipes posted on Pinterest! So yummy! My family loves your Spanish Rice recipe especially! I would love any advice/tips thrown my way! Thanks!

      1. Thanks so much!! I am glad you like them 🙂 Do what you love, take pictures of what you love, find ways to make recipes your own & make what you love. You will enjoy it more.

    5. 5 stars
      i have made these multiple, multiple times for the therapists where I go for PT. I love them, they love them, we all love them. I make the recipe as written and it easy and very yummy. I especially love the Frosting- so light!

    6. Could a different flavor of pudding mix be used in this recipe (banana, white chocolate, butterscotch, etc.)?

    7. 5 stars
      i see that it is deliciuos. when i read your writing, i think that i can make Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bar. Thank you for your sharing