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February 27, 2019



When you bite into Pistachio Brookie Bars, you bite into fudgy chocolate brownies and delightful pistachio pudding cookies. Prepared with the help of packaged brownie mix, these semi-homemade treats come together with relative ease and rank high on satisfaction. 

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Although I have never taken a genealogical DNA test, I can say with 99.9% certainty that there is not one ounce of Irish ancestry in me. I'm Asian through and through. But on St. Patrick's Day, I'm going to be Irish at heart. 

One of my favorite things about St. Patrick's is the opportunity to eat corned beef and cabbage. I rarely make it throughout the year because half of the family are lukewarm on the meal. So, mid-March is my opportunity to get my share of the yummy dish! Om Nom Nom!!

Of course a celebration is not a celebration unless there is dessert. These bars are a combination of fudgy dark chocolate brownies and pistachio pudding cookies. A two-in-one dessert always makes me happy. And I love how the pop of green throughout contrasts with the dark brownie foundation!

These brookie bars are semi homemade, which cuts down of the work and measuring but still delivers on deliciousness. I have always loved to use brownie mix. You can't beat it for taste and convenience. If you prefer from scratch, you can easily switch out the boxed version with your favorite recipe.

The cookie component IS made from scratch, with the addition of instant pistachio pudding mix for the flavor and color. Together, the brownie and cookies make for one chocolaty, pistachio-ie treat.

If pistachio is not your thing, you can easily swap it out. Use a different flavor pudding mix: strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, cheesecake, red velvet, and much to choose from. Chances are, you will not be able to find all of the varieties at your store, but they are available online. (My favorite kind of shopping!!) 

I know it's still a few weeks away, but whatever you are doing or not doing this St. Patricks Day, I hope you will do it with these brownies in hand! 

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For the cookies:
5 Tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
1 egg white
1/ cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/16 teaspoons green gel food coloring, optional
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 (3.4 ounce) package Instant Pistachio Pudding & Pie Filling
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons milk

For the brownie:
1 (19.9 ounce package) Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate Brownies 
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom of  9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

To make cookies: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk butter, egg white and sugar until smooth. Add almond extract and food coloring (optional). Whisk to blend. 

In a small bowl, combine flour, pudding mix, salt, and baking powder. Gradually mix in half of the flour mixture into the wet. Add milk. Mix. Gradually add the remaining flour mixture. Mix to combine, switching over to a rubber spatula to mix, if needed. Set aside.

To prepare the brownie: Add brownie mix, water, oil, and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Whisk about 50 times to combine. Pour into  the prepared baking pan. Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls on top of the brownie batter.

Place baking pan in the middle rack. Place a large foil on the upper rack to cover the the top of the baking sheet. This helps maintain the green color during baking. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Allow to cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes prior to cutting for a clean cut.

Makes 16-20 bars.

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  1. I was just trying to come up with something different to take to a St. Patrick's Day party and now I see your dessert. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. It made my day to know that this inspired you, Karen! Have a great weekend!!

  2. I AM Irish, so I guess that means I should eat ALL of the green desserts? Either way, I'm eating this! Great flavour combo, Thao!

    1. You're allowed to eat green and any other colors you want, Katherine! 😄 Have a great weekend!!

  3. There are totally cute--and you are right, perfect for St Pat's!

    1. I'm glad you think so too, Inger! Happy weekend to you!!

  4. How pretty! My children would love these brownies, even though St. Patrick is fully unknown around here. :) I would not even know about it myself, if I wasn't in this blogging business. :) :)

    1. We do learn a lot form this blogging thing...I learn new things from yours all the time :) I'm no expert on St. Patrick's Day, but you don't have to know anything about St. Patrick' to enjoy these brownies. I'm glad your boys would like them!