Pistachio Cream Bars

Pistachio Cream Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened

Cream Layer:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 package (3.4 ounce) pistachio-flavored pudding and pie filling mix
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and sugar. Beat in butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Press dough onto the bottom of an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until blended. Beat in pistachio pudding mix (dry) and milk. Spread over the top of crust. Sprinkle with chopped pistachio nuts. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set before cutting into bars.

Makes 36 bars.