Pistachio Bars

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Pistachio Bars Imperial Sugar


Pistachio Bars

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages instant pistachio pudding
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*


  • *Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Coat with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy.
  3. Add dry pudding mix, eggs, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch and mix for 1 minute until combined, scraping sides of the bowl as necessary. Turn mixer to low speed and add flour, mixing until just combined.
  4. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden at edges. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter and cream cheese together on medium speed until creamy. Turn mixer to low and add almond extract and powdered sugar. Mix for 30 seconds to combine. Turn mixer up to medium and mix for 1 minute until creamy and smooth, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
  6. Spread frosting on top of cooled bars, and garnish with chopped pistachios.
  7. Cut into bars when ready to serve.
  8. Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Shelly Jaronsky @CookiesandCups.

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Jul 01, 2022

These are eat a whole row good.. It took me a lot a longer than 10 min to prep that's for sure. Cheese & butter to room temp, the mixing bowl has to be cleaned between dough & frosting. Shelling and chopping pistachios (unsalted) all takes time. Next time I will trim out some of the sugar in the frosting, it's pretty heavy duty with the sugar taste and that's coming from someone who likes sweets.

Sweetalk member
May 17, 2021

Fabulous. Very difficult recipe to find. Google indexes so many bad ones first. This one is the best. I made it and seriously amazing. I did add less 1/2 of icing sugar as it was too sweet/overpowering and there is no way I wanna mask any pistachio taste!!

Sweetalk member
Mar 14, 2021

I am so excited to make these this week. Pistachios are one of my favorites. I have one question though. Do you top them with salted or unsalted pistachios? I only ask because I am having a hard time finding unsalted.

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