April 10, 2014

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Butter Cookie Bars

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they’re sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Dark chocolate and pistachios are two of my favorite things. I love the combo! Sweet and salty, nutty, and buttery. I decided to bake them both in an ultra chewy, buttery cookie bar topped with a touch of sea salt. They are a dream come true!

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

The middle is thick, buttery, and chewy, while the top is delightfully crisp and crackly — like a streusel-covered muffin top.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Plus they’re packed with the nutty, roasted flavor of pistachios and rich dark chocolate. It all comes together in one perfect bar!

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Here’s all you need to make these bars. As you can see, there are no eggs required, so sneaking bites of this cookie dough is guilt-free! All the more reason to make these cookie bars! :)

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

I love snacking on pistachios just as they are, but as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like hard things surprising me in my cookies or brownies. I like them to be uniformly soft and chewy! I definitely wanted to incorporate the delicious, pure flavor of pistachios and dark chocolate into a cookie bar though, so I made pistachio butter.

Just add 2 cups of shelled pistachios to a food processor…

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

And process for 10 minutes until smooth and creamy. You can start this process and let it go while you go do something else, like pre-heat the oven, prepare the baking dish, and gather the remaining ingredients.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Two cups of pistachios produces exactly 1 cup of pistachio butter.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Mix this with one stick of softened butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar. Beat on medium-high speed for 3-5 mins. Mix in 1 3/4 cups flour on low speed, until just combined, then stir in one bag of chocolate chips.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil and generously coat with non-stick cooking spray.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Press the dough into the prepared pan. Dough may be slightly crumbly, but that’s okay.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until top just starts to turn golden. Let bars cool completely in the pan set on a cooling rack before cutting. Middle may be slightly gooey when you first pull these bars out of the oven, but will set up as they cool.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Top generously with a coarse finishing salt like kosher salt or fleur de sel.

Lucky Leprechaun Bars! So good, they're sure to attract a Leprechaun and his pot of gold. ;) Dark chocolate, pistachio butter, and sea salt come together to make this perfect chewy cookie bar. Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day!

Enjoy these dreamy, chewy, buttery, ultra chocolaty bars!! These are sure to attract a leprechaun and his pot of gold! ;) Make these the next time you need a little luck in your day. :) Enjoy, friends!!

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Butter Cookie Bars

2 cups (10 oz) shelled pistachios
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 (12 oz) bag dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1. Place 2 cups shelled pistachios into the work bowl of a food processor. Process for 10 minutes until smooth and creamy. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil, then coat generously with non-stick cooking spray.

2. With a mixer, beat pistachio butter, softened butter, and both sugars on medium-high speed for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add flour and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Stir in dark chocolate chips. Press dough into prepare pan.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until top just starts to turn golden. Let bars cool completely in the pan set on a cooling rack before cutting. Middle may be slightly gooey when you first pull these bars out of the oven, but will set up as they cool. Top generously with a coarse finishing salt like kosher salt or fleur de sel.

*I used shelled roasted and salted pistachios in this recipe. If you use unsalted pistachios, add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the flour before mixing into the dough.

Makes 16 bars. Click here for Nutritional Information. Bars are very rich so cut into small bites to savor and enjoy!



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1
Averie @ Averie Cooks April 10, 2014 at 3:15 am

Homemade pistachio butter AND that melty chocolate AND super soft bars…count me in! pinned

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

Pistachio butter!? Is this real life?

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Jaclyn April 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I adore this combo! These look awesome!

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chica April 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Que maravilha! Fiquei aqui babando de vontade! Linda e saborosa! bjs, chica

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Tieghan April 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I am a huge pistachio person and pistachio butter is the best! These bars look insanely awesome!

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Katherine April 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I don’t have a food processor…do you think I could make the pistachio butter with my blender?

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Todd April 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

these look soooo good.

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Amy Munger April 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I can’t wait to make these!

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shelly (cookies and cups) April 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

OK, these are my kind of bar… Love the addition of salt!

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Jenny Flake April 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm

What a fabulous bar!! These flavors are sooo calling my name!

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laly April 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

yummy bar, mouthwatering one!!

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Stefanie April 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I tried this and they taste SUPER yummy but are much drier than I expected. Any suggestions?

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Amanda April 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hi Stefanie! Pull them out of the oven when they are still slightly gooey in the middle, and let them finish cooking as they set up and cool on the counter. Also topping with a scoop of ice cream helps. :D Enjoy!! :)

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Heather@girlandherkitchen May 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Yum! I just made them with a few modifications and they are fabulous! Thank you so much for such a delicious recipe. Question—where did you store leftovers…fridge? Container on the counter?

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Diane S. June 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Should the pistachios should be raw or roasted before making the nut butter, or would it make any difference?

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Amanda June 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Hi Diane! I always use roasted. Hope this helps!

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Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar July 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

These bars look so gooey and delicious! Just perfect. Pinned. :)

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Kit September 17, 2014 at 11:26 am

I have a son allergic to pistachios–can I substitute almonds–or anything else nut free?? Peanuts??

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Frederico September 23, 2014 at 5:37 am

Are the pistachios salted or all the salt int he reciepe comes from the sea salt? Thanks!

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Amanda October 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I used shelled roasted and salted pistachios in this recipe. If you use unsalted pistachios, add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the flour before mixing into the dough. Hope this helps!

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Allen October 30, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Can i make this in to cookies insted of baking it all in baking dish and how long do i bake it for 😊

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arnold thomas November 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

I tried this recipe and I loved it!!!!! My kids thought it was the best thing they ever had. I would defiantly make it again but substitute Dark Chocolate for Milk Chocolate.

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Kim December 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

i think I am going to add these to my Christmas baking this year! But what has peaked my interest is you measuring cup, does it push ingredients out from the bottom, and if so where does one get such an ingenious little gadget?!?

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Amanda December 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

Hi Kim! Mine is Pampered Chef, but you can get them on Amazon, too! Here’s one by OXO. Hope this helps! :)

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Sarah December 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

Hi Amanda,

I made these the other day, hoping they would become a new cookie/bar on my Christmas cookie plate. Pistachios and dark chocolate seems like a perfect pairing! I followed the recipe exactly. Had them in the oven for 23 minutes and they were so dry, they just crumbled and couldn’t hold their shape. I also found the pistachio flavor to be kind of muted next to the dark chocolate and wondered if keeping a little crunch from the pistachio nut might be nicer. When they are chewier, could their flavor be better? I was, overall, disappointed in how these turned out. And, given they aren’t inexpensive to make, don’t know that they are worth trying again. :(

Sarah

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