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A creamy and a delicious pistachio dessert on top of a buttery shortbread crust. This dessert is quick and easy and perfect for your next potluck!

pistachio cream bars with crushed pistachio garnish.

I love everything about summer. But it is sure a busy time. I love finding easy and delicious desserts to put together in a pinch. Since we are always having barbecues and gatherings I love to bring a yummy dessert to share.

I made this pistachio cream pie a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING! I have a slight obsession with pistachios so any pistachio dessert is a winner in my book.

pistachio cream bars areal view.

Everything about this dessert was delicious. It starts with a buttery shortbread like base. Then, a creamy pistachio layer goes on top. You top it with some chopped pistachios and there ya go! A quick and easy dessert.

I loved every thing about this dessert! It is creamy and delicious and perfect for summer. I know you guys will love then just as much as we did!

pistachio bars in a stack with a bite taken out of the top bar.

Recipe Adapted from Simple Stacie

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Pistachio Cream Bars

By: Alyssa Rivers
A creamy and a delicious pistachio dessert on top of a buttery shortbread crust.  This dessert is quick and easy and perfect for your next potluck!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars



  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy removal.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour and sugar and beat in the butter until combined. Press into the bottom of the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crust is lightly golden brown on the edges. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • To make the pistachio layer beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy. Add in milk and pistachio pudding and continue to mix until incorporated. Spread over the crust and refrigerate an hour until set. Top with roughly chopped pistachios.


Calories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 5gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 204mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 772IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Alyssa–these bars are amazing! Made them for a party and had several requests for the recipe. Also, just had a family member request these instead of birthday cake! Thank you for sharing!