Strawberry Pistachio Bars

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As always, I used freeze-dried strawberries to add strawberry flavor to these bars. I discovered freeze-dried strawberries 2 years ago and they have been a game changer for my strawberry desserts! They are a great way to add natural strawberry flavor without ruining the texture or using something artificial! Using pureed strawberries is great, but some times they make a mixture too wet.

Strawberry Pistachio Bars

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients


Strawberry Pistachio Blondies:
  • 16 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 oz freeze dried strawberries, finely grounded
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, crushed


  • Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
    2. Brown the butter until it becomes golden brown. Place in the fridge to cool down for 25-30 minutes.
    3. Sift together the flour, salt, and finely grounded freeze-dried strawberries. (I use a 1.2 oz bag from Trader Joes and grind them in a food processor).
    4. In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together for 1-2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Beat in each egg one at a time, until incorporated. Slowly beat in the flour mixture.
    5. Use a spatula to spread along a greased 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle crushed pistachios on top. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until edges become golden brown.
    6. Optional: Boil 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp of honey. Be careful not to brown the sugar, just boil until thickened enough to make a syrup to pour over the top. You could also drizzle warm honey on top.

    These bars are best served as soon as possible while they are still warm.

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