Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

These yummy sugar cookie bars are topped with the perfect combination of nutty pistachio crunch and fluffy frosting.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
48 bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup finely ground roasted, salted pistachios

  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 1 recipe Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Chopped roasted, salted pistachios (optional)

Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Green food coloring (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat on medium until light and fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla; set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, ground pistachios, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat on low to form a soft dough. Transfer dough to prepared baking pan. With lightly floured fingers, press dough evenly into baking pan.

  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use edges of foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Spread with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting and, if desired, sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Use edges of foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars.

Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt with mixer until light and fluffy. Add whipped cream. Beat until light and fluffy. If desired, tint with green food coloring.

    Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars
    Matthew Clark

To Store:

Place frosted bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. (Or layer unfrosted bars between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw cookies and frost as directed.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*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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