Pistachio Oat Squares With Brandy Glaze

24 squares.

1 cup Butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 ½ cups Brown sugar (packed)
½ cup Rolled oats
½ cup Natural American pistachios, finely chopped
½ cup Dried apricots, finely chopped
2 cups Flour
4 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate, melted
¼ cup Natural American pistachios, finely chopped for garnish


Combine butter, sugar and oats; beat thoroughly. Stir in chopped pistachios and apricot. Gradually beat in flour. Gently pat dough into 15 x 10 inch baking pan; bake at 325°F. for 20 minutes or until edges just begin to turn brown. Cool completely in pan.
When cool, spread with Brandy Glaze. When glaze has set, cut into 2 ½ inch squares and remove from pan. Using a parchment or freezer paper “piping” bag, drizzle narrow pinstripes of chocolate diagonally across each square, then sprinkle a row of chopped pistachios diagonally across the center of each square.
Brandy Glaze: Combine ¼ cup butter or margarine (softened), 1 ½ cups unsifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons brandy and 1 tablespoon warm water. Beat until smooth.

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fun facts

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!