Frosted Pistachio Bars Recipe
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Frosted Pistachio Bars Recipe

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Bar cookies are the best-so fast and easy. Go as spooky as you dare when decorating this pan for Halloween. Shannon Sheehy, Chesterfield, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios, optional
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Optional decorations: candy eyeballs, M&M's minis, milk chocolate M&M's, Life Savers hard candies and gummies, regular and mini peanut butter cups, licorice twists, shoestring licorice, Starburst fruit chews, mega and regular Smarties, Nerds, Runts, Snaps chewy candies, candy corn, tiny-size Chiclets gum, butterscotch hard candies, Rolo candies, Caramel Creams and PayDay candy bar

Nutritional Facts

1 bar (calculated without decorations) equals 253 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 259 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, pudding mix, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk egg, melted butter, oil, water and vanilla until blended; stir into flour mixture. If desired, stir in pistachios. (Dough will be stiff.)
  2. Press dough into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Spread over top. Decorate as desired.
  4. Cut into bars before serving. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Pistachio Bars in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p57

Nutritional Facts

1 bar (calculated without decorations) equals 253 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 259 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

most delicious!

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