American Pistachio Cookie Bars

Approximately 5 ½ dozen.

1 cup Butter or margarine, softened
½ cup each Sugar and packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon Brandy flavoring or vanilla
2 cups Flour
1 package Milk chocolate morsels
½ cup Natural American pistachios, chopped


Cream butter and sugars; blend in egg and flavoring. Stir in flour; mix well. Pat into greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350° F. 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Melt chocolate morsels over hot water; carefully spread over hot cookie crust. Sprinkle with pistachios. Cut into 1 x 2 inch bars.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!