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Pistachio Brownie Toffee Bars

These coveted brownie bars are homey and chocolaty awesome. They've been a sought-after staple on Christmas cookie trays for years. —Troy Shaw, Warrenton, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch pan size)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips, melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped salted roasted pistachios


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour, mixing well. Press onto bottom of a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine brownie mix, water, oil and egg until blended.
  • Spread brownie batter over hot crust. Bake until center is set, 14-16 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • Spread melted chocolate over top; sprinkle with pistachios. Let stand until set. Cut into 36 bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 219 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Nancy
    Mar 9, 2017

    Although this is really tasty, the crust recipe is not large enough to spread in a 10x15 pan? I had to transfer to an 11 x7 pan to get it to cover. Then used a small brownie mix. Wondering if others who made this had the same problem?

  • rllewis7
    Dec 3, 2015

    These bars turned out beautifully. This will definitely be a Christmas favorite!

  • Sunshine1984
    Nov 23, 2015

    These bars are so delicious. This recipe is definitely a keeper!