Pistachio Bars

layered chocolate-pistachio bars
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
25 bars


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup butter

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup finely crushed cinnamon graham crackers

  • ½ cup finely chopped pistachio nuts

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix

  • ¼ cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 6 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pistachio nuts


  1. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan; set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan combine egg, the 1/2 cup butter, the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted and mixture just starts to bubble. Remove from heat. Stir in crushed graham crackers and the finely chopped pistachios. Press crumb mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan.

  3. For filling, in a medium mixing bowl beat the 1/4 cup softened butter, the dry pudding mix, and half-and-half with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Carefully spread filling over crust in pan. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until firm.

  4. For topping, in a small saucepan cook and stir chocolate and the 1/4 cup butter over low heat until melted. Spread topping over filling. Sprinkle with the coarsely chopped pistachios. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm. Using the edges of the foil, lift uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars.

To Store:

Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
14g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Folate, total 7.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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