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Two raspberry pistachio shortbread bars
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Pistachio Shortbread Bars

The light buttery flaky goodness of shortbread cookies mixed with nutty green pistachios and the sweet burst of raspberry jam is a yummy fresh take on a traditional shortbread cookie recipe.  Not only delicious, the red raspberry jam combined with the soft green is a beautiful addition to any christmas cookie plate.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
cooling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pistachio shortbread bars, pistachio shortbread bars recipe
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter or margarine softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt omit this if your pistachios are salted
  • 1/2-2/3 cup raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 2/3 cup pistachios chopped


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Combine butter, sugar and egg; beat until thoroughly mixed.
  • Stir in flour and salt.
  • Spread one-half of dough into 9 inch square pan.
  • Bake 10 minutes; remove from oven.
  • Spread jam to within 1/2 inch of edge.
  • Add pistachios to remaining dough.
  • Drop by spoonfuls over jam to cover.
  • Bake 35 minutes until top is golden brown;
  • Cool.
  • Cut into squares


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.4mg