Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


3 dozen

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
These coveted brownie bars are homey and chocolaty awesome. They've been a sought-after staple on Christmas cookie trays for years. —Troy Shaw, Warrenton, Oregon
Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch pan size)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped salted roasted pistachios


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour, mixing well. Press onto bottom of a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine brownie mix, water, oil and egg until blended.
  3. Spread brownie batter over hot crust. Bake until center is set, 14-16 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. Spread melted chocolate over top; sprinkle with pistachios. Let stand until set. Cut into 36 bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 219 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.