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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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x9-inch pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Wet ingredients:
Dry ingredients:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; generously butter a 9x9-inch square baking dish.

  • Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Tap the dish several times on a sturdy work surface to eliminate air bubbles.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

292 calories; protein 6.4g; carbohydrates 25.1g; fat 20.1g; cholesterol 51.4mg; sodium 272.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2013
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/13/2018
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 have turned out from decent to really good. I have never posted a review before but the disappointment of this one was a shock! Read More
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2013
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! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2020
These "greenies" were very good - all were eaten at the concert I took them to last night. I liked the crunchy texture and they weren't overly sweet. I did not include the chocolate chips. It took 3 oranges, 1 tablespoon of zest is produced per each (only 2 tsp. were needed from the last one). I've zested so many oranges now that I don't measure any more. One thing I'd like to try is making the 1/2 cup of flour from pistachios so that my friend that has gluten intolerance can eat them. It was fun telling people that I had made "greenies", some expected them to be laced with pot. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2014
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 chips and can't imagine leaving them out. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/13/2018
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 have turned out from decent to really good. I have never posted a review before but the disappointment of this one was a shock! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2018
Thanks to Chef John. Another ten star dessert. I used walnut it turned out great. Read More