American Pistachio Swirled Brownies

16 to 24 servings.

1/3 cup Butter or margarine
2 squares (1 ounce each) Unsweetened chocolate
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
¾ cup Flour
¼ teaspoon Salt
Cheese Filling
½ cup Chopped natural American pistachios

Pistachio Cheese Filling: Blend together 3 ounces softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla.


Melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Add sugar; blend well. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Add vanilla, flour and salt; mix well. Spread batter in greased 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking pan. Spoon dollops of Cheese Filling on batter. Sprinkle pistachios on top. Swirl cheese and pistachios through chocolate with knife. Bake at 350° F. 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into 16 squares or 24 bars.

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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!