Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Brownies & Bars · Cookies · December 16, 2016

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.

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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!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars
 
Serves: 24 servings
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 3.4oz boxes of instant pistachio pudding (just the dry mix)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • dash of salt
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachios for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. For bars: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter in a small mixing bowl till smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat till smooth and creamy.
  4. Spread over cooled bars and sprinkle chopped pistachios on top.

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

Thanks for sharing with us Kara!

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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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Sara Jane

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.

    Lil' Luna

    Yes, you can!! It’s a new favorite flavor of mine, but my hubby loves it!!! Hope you find it!! Thanks!

Ro

Can you tell me. Does the pistachio cookies bars need to be refrigerator?
Thank you
Ro

    Lil' Luna

    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!

Jenny

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!

    Lil' Luna

    Wonderful!! Thanks so much for the tips 🙂 So glad you like them!!

Teresa

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!

    Lil' Luna

    So, happy to hear that!! Thanks so much & you are so welcome!

    Lil' Luna

    I love to hear that! Thanks so much for letting me know!

Bonnie

Thanks for sharing this easy to follow recipe. Made a batch of them couple days ago and my son really loved them.

    Kristyn Merkley

    Oh, that makes me so happy to hear!! Thank you for sharing! Glad he liked them!

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