Recipe By Chef John
Published Sep 13th
Prep 15m Cook 20m Additional 30m Ready In 1h 5m
Servings 1 9x9-inch pan Calories 292.4

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shelled dry-roasted pistachio nuts
  • ½ teaspoon salt to taste (see footnote)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice, or as needed
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, or as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 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.
  2. 2 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.
  3. 3 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; generously butter a 9x9-inch square baking dish.
  4. 4 Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Tap the dish several times on a sturdy work surface to eliminate air bubbles.
  5. 5 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.
  6. 6 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 292.4
  • Carbohydrate 25.1 g
  • Cholesterol 51.4 mg
  • Fat 20.1 g
  • Fiber 2.8 g
  • Protein 6.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.6 g
  • Sodium 272.2 mg
  • Sugar 16.1 g

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Chef'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.


  1. 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 - Read more ...
  2. 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 - Read more ...
  3. Thanks to Chef John. Another ten star dessert. I used walnut it turned out great.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!