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Chef John's Orange-Pistachio "Greenies"

Rated as 4.29 out of 5 Stars
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"Are you tired of blondies or bored with brownies? Then it's time to try these Greenies, a brownie-like confection made with pistachios and flavored with orange zest."
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Ingredients

35 m servings 292
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 9x9-inch pan)

Directions

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  1. Whisk 2 tablespoons orange zest into melted butter in a mixing bowl, followed by white sugar, until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Whisk in eggs until light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes. Stir 1 tablespoon orange juice, milk, and vanilla extract into egg mixture.
  2. Place pistachios into a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add salt, baking powder, and flour to pistachios; pulse until combined, 3 to 4 times. Stir pistachio mixture into wet ingredients until batter is combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; generously butter a 9x9-inch square baking dish.
  4. Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Tap the dish several times on a sturdy work surface to eliminate air bubbles.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until top is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Stir 1 tablespoon orange juice with 2 teaspoons orange zest in a small bowl; mix in confectioners' sugar to form a thin, runny glaze. Drizzle glaze on top of pistachio bars and spread to cover top. Cut into squares once cooled.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Zest oranges before juicing; it's easier.
  • My pistachios were lightly salted, so if yours are not salted or heavily salted, please adjust the added salt in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 292 calories; 20.1 25.1 6.4 51 272 Full nutrition

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These were wonderful. I tried them both with and without the chocolate chips. We really preferred them without. I will be making these again. Thanks Chef John. Fantastic!

I followed this recipe exactly, and thought they were awful. Flavors did not blend well, the texture was weird, and they just tasted very odd. I have used many recipes from this site, and most ...

Thanks to Chef John. Another ten star dessert. I used walnut, it turned out great.

These were delicious. Even better the second day as they moisten up. I had only 1 1/2 cups of pistachios on hand so I added 1/2 cup slivered almonds and it turned out great. Added the chocolate...