Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I hope you have chocolate chips handy

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They’re cookies. They’re brownies. They’re brookies. Whatever you want to call them they’re good. They combine the taste of a chocolate chip cookie and with the texture of a moist brownie. The best of both worlds. Actually, they do have a name. They’re called Congo Bars. Wait… I think I just heard a bunch of you go “oh, yeah … I’ve had those before.”

Well, I had them for the first time the other day. My friend Lori gave me one to try and I subsequently held her hostage until she gave me the recipe

Sometimes I wonder where I’ve been and how I could have gone this long without tasting easy treats like this. What else am I missing out on?

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Here’s all the ingredients. Simple stuff.

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If you follow the directions in the recipe, you combine everything by hand, but I decided to use my mixer and let it do all the work. They were yummy, but not completely the same texture as Lori’s. So I made them a second time the very next day and did it her way. I like how they came out when stirring by hand better, but either way they’re really good.

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Look at that beautifully thick batter.

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Spread it all out in a 13 X 9 pan and bake for about 30 minutes.

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Cool and cut.

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These are from the first batch. You can’t really tell by the photos, but the texture is different from the ones below.

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These are from the second batch and slightly… just slightly, more cakey when you sink your teeth in.

At first I thought it was just a difference in baking time, but Lori also made a batch using a mixer without knowing that was how I made mine and both of ours came out the same.

She likes the mixing by hand method better, too. Again, this is a subtle difference, just thought I’d share.

The great thing about these bars is that you can mix in different additions if you want.

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How about butterscotch or peanut butter chips?

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M&M’s maybe.

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You could even cut up a few caramel candies into small pieces if you wanted a chewy surprise inside.

Customize, baby.

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Here’s the recipe Lori uses. She’s tried several, but settled on this one she found somewhere on the internet. If you google Congo Bars, you should find a bunch of variations to play with.

Congo Bars

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 lb. light brown sugar (Oh my and thank you!)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
11.5 ounce package milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

By mixer:

Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine butter and sugar using a mixer until blended.
Add eggs, one at a time to sugar mixture, mixing on low in between each addition.
Add vanilla and mix.
Add flour and mix until combined.
Stir in chips and then pecans.

By hand:

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
Stir brown sugar into softened (not melted) butter in another large bowl until butter disappears. You can use the back of your spoon to help incorporate the two together.
Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture and stir well after each egg.
Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts. Mix well.
Add dry flour mixture and stir until well combined.

Coat a 13 X 9 pan with non-stick spray and spread batter evenly into dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Make sure you don’t over bake.

Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

UPDATE: Hey guys. Seems some of you are having mixed results. Most find these awesome, but some say they’re not done at 30 minutes. I’m starting to think my oven runs hotter than most. So, if the bars aren’t done at 30 minutes and the tops feel like they are getting too brown, then place a sheet of aluminum foil on top and bake a little longer. Use a toothpick to insert and check for doneness before removing from the oven. Also make sure you sifted the dry ingredients and used room temp butter, not melted. The batter should be thick like the photo above.

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Jennifer B. said...

Fabulous! These are definitely NOT Blondies – but have become a fast favorite in my house..the consistency is beyond explanation. Again Bakerella – you are amazing!

May 15, 2010 06:27 PM
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Nick said...

Mmmm these are so nice! I made half with just chopped up chocolate and half with chocolate and peanut butter, and they’re amazing! I might add some cocoa next time to make them more brownie-like, just to see..

May 15, 2010 06:33 PM
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Michelle said...

Mmm…these look so yummy, can hardly wait to try them. How many cups is 1lb of brown sugar?

May 15, 2010 08:03 PM
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Carla said...

I couldn’t resist, and even though my diet starts tomorrow….I just had to make these. I am having a problem with them….they are back in the oven as I type this. They don’t seem cooked and they have been in for 30 minutes….they are getting pretty brown, but the centre is still gooey….what did I do wrong?

May 15, 2010 08:34 PM
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Anonymous said...

My friend put me onto your site, oh my word, what was she thinking! Of course, although I started dieting two days ago (a record for sure!) I had to make this recipe. I did it in a gluten free version since my friend and I both have celiac. Brown sugar, oh my! I added caramel to it too.

May 15, 2010 09:34 PM
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Deanna said...

They’re baking up in the oven right now! They already look and smell fantastic!

May 15, 2010 09:59 PM
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Janet said...

Today’s actually National Chocolate Chip Day! Perfect Timing! :]

May 16, 2010 02:11 AM
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heidi meldgaard said...

All the way from denmark, i follow your blog. I can only say that the stores in denmark do not sell chocolate chips or butterscotch or peanut butter chips….

so i use a chocolate bar instead. But the butterscotch or peanut butter chips is impossible to get….

What to do?

and for now i just have to bake thees. So i tried to use normal peanut butter. They are done in 10 minuts.

Heidi

May 16, 2010 06:44 AM
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Alex said...

I’ve been thinking about these congo bars all week. I’ve been resisting b/c I made cookies last weekend, isn’t it a crime to have 2 desserts available at once??? Well call me a law breaker cuz I’m makin’ these puppies today!

May 16, 2010 08:33 AM
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Kricket said...

You Go Girl! I tried these and they are Amazing! After seeing your webpage for the first time a couple of weeks ago you have inspired me and I went & bought a chocolate melt pot &now I am going around covering everything I can get my hands on in chocolate! LOL!
I’m now looking forward to each email you send . You’ve got me hooked.Because Me and my family are chocoholics!Thanks!! Your so Creative.

May 16, 2010 11:02 AM
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heleen said...

Hey Bakerella, I’m from Belgium and we don’t really use ‘cups’ here as a measurement for ingredients. Could you perhaps tell me how much grams a cup is of each ingredient? Or perhaps the size of these cups you use so I can find something with a similiar size? Feel free to email me (heleen.deboever [at] hotmail.com) or leave a comment on my blog! These Congo Bars look mouthwatering and I can’t wait to try out the recipe!

May 16, 2010 11:19 AM
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shaffy said...

i made them for my nephew’s birthday… and they were all snapped up! i replaced half the amount of chocolate chips with m&m and threw in an extra handful of chopped walnuts (replaced the pecans).

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3895090&id=671769823

thanks for sharing a very do-able and confirmed like-able recipe. as always!

May 16, 2010 11:43 AM
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Meagan said...

they’re in the oven right now…

May 16, 2010 01:49 PM
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Esther said...

Delicious! I made them today!

May 16, 2010 03:12 PM
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Tracy said...

We made these, and went with what we had on hand…
A mixture of milk and dark chocolate chips (not enough of either one on hand), pecans, toffee, peanut butter chips. YUM!! Love them!

May 16, 2010 03:22 PM
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Meagan said...

They are indeed delicious. I just wish I’d added a touch of bourbon…might have to pour it on top…

May 16, 2010 04:07 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

I had the mini-chocolate chips only. They worked great, but the surface is definitely a lot bumpier with the huge quantity of smaller chips.

May 16, 2010 04:08 PM
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Janette Morrison said...

Hi There,

I love looking at your blog and I would love to make these bars….I live in the UK and was wondering when you say *CUP*
what sort of size ?? ie how many mls/ounces of fluid does your average cup hold to give me an idea of size ???
Thanks for any help
Janette x

May 16, 2010 04:24 PM
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Cheyenne said...

These we delicious! I used Caramel Swirl Chocolate Chips because that’s all I had, 1/2 cup of Pecans, and 1 cup of Coconut. I love the way you can change the mix-ins.

For those in the UK, here is a good conversion website to use:
http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking

May 16, 2010 06:31 PM
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Jeni said...

These were awesome! My daughter and I made them today. My son (17mos) kept trying to break into the oven while they were baking, because he couldn’t wait.

May 16, 2010 08:10 PM
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Cou said...

Yum! I haven’t had a Congo Bar in 25 years but these were a childhood favorite of mine! I remember cutting thin slices across the pan so there wouldn’t be evidence of another square missing.

May 16, 2010 08:20 PM
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peamissy said...

I just made these this evening for a bake sale tomorrow at my dds’ school. I tried the edge of the pan (just to even things out a bit, lol) and OH MY WORD these are so very delicious! Thank you for posting this recipe!! I didn’t have butter in the house so I ended up having to use plain Crisco and they came out fine and still very yummy. I’m sure they would be even better with butter … isn’t everything?

May 16, 2010 08:25 PM
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Baking Monster said...

oh man I have to make these I have been on a brownie kick the last week or so and these look just right! The guys are gonna love these at work!

May 16, 2010 08:43 PM
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Sarah said...

I made this last night and they were cooked on the top but super not done in the middle… I thought i made an error somewhere… well i tired round two tonight and the same thing happened. THIS WAS NOT DONE IN 30 MIN!!! ( be prepared to cover with foil and keep cooking)

May 16, 2010 09:30 PM
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Victoria said...

WOW! I just made these and they were AMAZING! I tried to halve the recipe and added too much butter but it was still completely YUM!! Great recipe, will definitely be making this again :)

May 16, 2010 09:38 PM
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Fallon said...

I actually have a recipe that’s very similar to this, they are pretty good!

May 16, 2010 09:48 PM
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Karen said...

I made these tonight for taking to my in-laws for dinner. I found a bag of Nestles milk chocolate and peanut butter chip mixed. Super yummy!

5 adults finished almost half the pan before dinner and then we ‘forgot’ to offer it to the kids because we were busy nibbling on them after dinner! later the kids asked “Hey didn’t you make dessert mom?” Barely had enough for them :)

I found a bag of Kraft caramel bits in the baking section that were just in little balls that will be our next trial.

May 16, 2010 10:59 PM
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Stephanie said...

I LOVE Congo Bars! My mom used to make them all the time just using the basic Nestle Tollhouse recipe and putting it in a 9×13. I made them for a camping trip last summer as well. And I suppose I’ll have to make them again soon, now that you have me craving them!

May 16, 2010 11:46 PM
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Firemountmom said...

Guess I’m the only one who’s never heard of these…can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for another great recipe!!

May 17, 2010 12:08 AM
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Shanin said...

Well they were a hit! I added coconut and walnuts because thats what we had and they didn’t look quite done but I just turned off the oven and left them in there while we had dinner and they were just right. I prefer these much more than tollhouse bar cookies and can’t wait to try other combos on the congos!

May 17, 2010 06:23 AM
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Teddie said...

Delicios and so ooey gooey when they first come out!

May 17, 2010 08:10 AM
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Mel said...

I can confirm these were a HIT with the sick three year old. My husband probably ate half the batter before I could even get it in the oven…:) Bakerella, you never steer us wrong. THANKS!

May 17, 2010 10:02 AM
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Desirae said...

I made these last night – SUPER easy! I did have to bake them for 45 min instead of 30 though. I mixed by hand and they are chewy and cakey – really good! Thanks for the great recipe!

May 17, 2010 10:16 AM
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Liisa said...

Made these on Friday night. Served them to two groups of people on the weekend and I ate them all day Saturday (instead of meals)!!

So so so delicious. I substituted coconut for the almonds as one of my kids is allergic to nuts. I want more now… but then I’ll be fat.

Maybe next weekend.

May 17, 2010 11:15 AM
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Lisa said...

I made these for my dad’s birthday this past weekend and they were delicious! Since it was a celebration, we went all out and topped the warm cookie bars with vanilla ice cream, caramel topping, whipped cream and of course a cherry on top! So so good. Thanks for the recipe Bakerella!

May 17, 2010 11:21 AM
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Phoebe said...

I don’t have chocolate chips anymore. Darn.

May 17, 2010 11:32 AM
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Amanda said...

OMG these were delicious. I made them yesterday afternoon and the pan is almost gone. My husband, daughter and I couldn’t leave them alone. My mother was there and she doesn’t eat much chocolate and she loved them as well. The pound of brown sugar made all the difference. YUMMO huge time. They are my new favorite thing to make now.

May 17, 2010 12:24 PM
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Maria said...

I made the Congo bars….soooo good!! They are chewy and spectacular!! I can’t stop eating them. They were a hit with my family as well. Thank you for the recipe.

Angie, I love your website and all your ideas! You are a great inspiration!
Sincerely,
Maria Ramundo

May 17, 2010 12:49 PM
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LoopeyGal said...

I made these this weekend for my family. I was out of pecans, but used chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. So yummy, they were a big hit!!!

May 17, 2010 12:53 PM
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Emily said...

I made these over the weekend, and YUM. They were gone in under 24 hours! I made the hand-mixed version but may try the mixer version next, just to see if it makes enough of a difference to be worth the extra elbow grease for the hand-mixed ones. 30 minutes was perfect for us! They were a bit gooey in the center, but that’s the way we like ‘em.

Also, somebody may have already posted this, but when I looked it up, some websites said 1 lb. of brown sugar was between 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 packed cups. All that is available here is 2 lb. bags, so I used 2 1/4 cups out of one of those bags, and I was very pleased.

May 17, 2010 02:47 PM
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Nancy in MN said...

These did not turn out for me – way too doughy. I checked the oven at 30 minutes – inserted a toothpick to check doneness and they were still dough under the nicely browned top. I let bake another 20 minutes (checking every 5 minutes) – they never did cook in the middle. I used a 9×13 pan and baked at 350…I tried the recipe again – and this time stirred by hand and got the same result. They have good flavor but in the end came out more like a chocolate chip cookie “dough” desert – not a brownie.

May 17, 2010 02:54 PM
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HD said...

OMG… I have the Gooseberry Patch cookbook of this EXACT recipe! huh….that’s funny… where did your friend say she got it again?
And i love the add ins like caramel and MMs… i guess that makes it YOUR recipe now Bakerella ?

May 17, 2010 03:09 PM
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Polly said...

I made these this weekend for a party that my husband has every year for some of his high school students. They were a hit! Thanks for all of the great ideas

May 17, 2010 03:19 PM
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Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes said...

These look like the perfect thing to bake for someone who’s favorite thing is chocolate chip cookies! Switch it up just a bit! xxSAS

May 17, 2010 04:14 PM
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Jessica said...

Just finished baking them, it was a tricky recipe but they look like they turned out pretty delicious!

May 17, 2010 05:13 PM
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Laura said...

Just made some :) although i didn’t have enough chocolate chips so threw in some broken up white and dark chocolate too. They must have tasted good because the boyfriend demanded ‘More!’

May 17, 2010 05:18 PM
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Linda said...

I had to bake mine an extra 15-20 minutes also, and still not fully baked. It seems like too much brown sugar in mine??? Would like them more solid and bar tasting.

May 17, 2010 05:26 PM
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Terrea said...

Got a batch in the oven now and I can hardly wait!

I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand, but had partial bags of other chips. The result has ended in a 1/3 part each of butterscotch, white chocolate, and peanut butter chips!

May 17, 2010 05:48 PM
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Holly said...

Love it love it…thanks for the memories. My Mom use to make these when I was a little girl…..hhmmm, think I’ll make these now!

May 17, 2010 07:18 PM
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Jen said...

Congo bars are famous in my family. My brother lost a baby tooth in a caramel version that my grandmother made in the early ’80′s. They are tasty, though!

May 17, 2010 09:26 PM
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Kathleen said...

I just made these bars and they are FANTASTIC! I added some pretzel pieces with my chocolate chips for a little sweet and some salty with a crunch and it was great.

May 17, 2010 10:59 PM
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Nikki said...

I’ve just made these and oh holy cow they are so amazing. Thank you so much for bringing ‘fusion’ food back into my life!

May 18, 2010 06:05 AM
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Anne P said...

These were not my mother’s blondies for sure! Made them this weekend and they were DELICIOUS! They were not done in the middle so I had to add some time on the end. I will probably let them cool a lot longer before cutting into them in the future too. Instead of chocolate chips, I used the Nestle chocolate chunks – I think it was a better chocolate to cookie ratio. :)

May 18, 2010 07:45 AM
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Vicky said...

Just made these and they are delicious! Not at all like Blondies like some thought it would taste like. These are choc.chip cookies and brownies. They best of both worlds! I mixed them by hand and it wasn’t that difficult. Thanks for the recipe!!

May 18, 2010 09:38 AM
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amanda said...

I made these and they were yummy! I took them to the office today and everyone is saying the are the best things they have ever had.

Oh and for the record, I made them by hand. It took a little longer but the result was completely worth it.

May 18, 2010 09:45 AM
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Aimee C. said...

They look so so good.. baking a batch tonight.. thank you for sharing..

May 18, 2010 10:35 AM
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charmaine said...

your photos were so fabulous i had to try these despite not liking blondies in general!

and…i think i will stick to good old brownies with chocolate! i added sliced almonds (maybe shd have toasted them), white chips and couverture choc chips…didn’t like it – probably my own taste buds…

May 18, 2010 11:07 AM
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charmaine said...

oh, forgot to add – my sis and aunt liked it though!

May 18, 2010 11:08 AM
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Angela said...

I made these yesterday and was disappointed. They took too long to bake. Were still wet in the middle when I stopped baking and were definitely overbaked all around the perimeter of the pan. I wonder why some of us are having trouble. I’m a very experienced baker, so that’s not the problem.

FYI, according to my measurement, 1 lb of brown sugar is 2 1/4 cups, packed (all packed into one cup, not in smaller increments).

The boys loved them though! And they sure smelled amazing!

May 18, 2010 01:48 PM
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Cheryl said...

OMGosh. A pound of brown sugar. I simply must have these. My teeth may fall out, but I must have these bars!

May 18, 2010 05:27 PM
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Stephanie said...

Just pulled them out of the oven. My daughter is so excited to eat them. They smell wonderful.

May 18, 2010 09:16 PM
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Terri said...

They were amazing! So yummy!

May 18, 2010 11:43 PM
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Megan said...

I made these (with butterscotch chips) and they were delicious! I did add a few minutes because they weren’t quite done at 30. I elaborated a little more on my blog, as well.

May 19, 2010 12:23 AM
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Andrea said...

I made these this weekend after seeing this post. They turned out awesome and so easy to make! I can’t wait to make these again. This recipe would make a great cookie cake!

May 19, 2010 05:50 AM
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January said...

WOW. AMAZING. A TOTAL HOMERUN. I made these yesterday and they are divine!! They have a wonderful fluffy texture. I did mine by hand. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s a definite keeper.

May 19, 2010 08:51 AM
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Marci Butterfield said...

Congo Bars are my fave. I love to freeze them and enjoy them on a hot summer day.

May 19, 2010 09:44 AM
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Anna said...

I can’t remember if I commented or not…but these are the BEST things ever!! I threw in a bag of the heath toffee chips and did dark chocolate chips and was in LOVE!!

May 19, 2010 11:08 AM
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Libby said...

I vegan-ized this recipe. I subbed in 3 eggs worth of ener-g egg replacers, used vegan butter, and vegan choc. chips. Turned out delish! glad I was able to share these with my vegan spouse!

May 19, 2010 02:08 PM
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Bakingaddict said...

Just made mine and it was absolutely divine. I’ve added a liink to your blog from my post. Thanks for a great recipe.
http://themorethanoccasionalbaker.blogspot.com/2010/05/congo-bar.html

May 19, 2010 04:12 PM
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Simply Sara said...

Made these and am in love!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Mmmmm :D

May 19, 2010 04:16 PM
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April said...

I made these over the weekend and I think I ate most of the pan myself. I preferred my cookie and brownies chewy and gooey in the middle so if they were underdone I didn’t notice. They were so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

May 19, 2010 06:22 PM
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mzzterry said...

i have been making these for over thirty years, from a recipe passed to me from my mil, we call them chipperoos. a family favorite & the first thing my girls learned to bake. made me smile to see it here. great recipe. easy & addictive.

May 19, 2010 08:36 PM
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cheryl said...

The pictures are mouthwatering!!! Especially the dough…WOW!!!

May 19, 2010 10:14 PM
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Tracy Scharbach said...

I made these a couple of days ago and they’re WONDERFUL! 30 minutes in the oven did just about perfectly for me, as well, and I know that my oven is a little more hardcore than most, so I can imagine that some people might have to cook them a few extra minutes.

I used dark brown sugar since I forgot to get light brown at the store (oops!) but that’s the only thing I did differently than the posted recipe. I tend to prefer the heavier flavor of dark brown sugar more anyhow, so I usually end up substituting it.

May 19, 2010 11:52 PM
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Yen said...

I made these last night for the kids at chinese school and they LOOOOOVED it!! I was taken back by the pound of sugar but so glad i made them! I did the hand way, which got tiring, but totally worth it :)

May 20, 2010 12:26 AM
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Melanie said...

I love Congo bars. I received a slightly different recipe from my aunt a few years ago. They are a hit at every party. I always add toasted coconut (unsweetened if you can find it). This is a great flavor to the bars. Toasting it is important! I agree on hand mixing all the ingredients. Yum, yum!

May 20, 2010 12:26 AM
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AWFUL said...

Mine turned out horrible, wouldn’t bake in the center and rock hard on the outside…where did I go wrong????

May 20, 2010 10:19 AM
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Allison said...

Yes, I LOVE THESE!!! My mother has made them a million times and we have always called them “Blonde Brownies’. Regardless of the name, they are SO DELICIOUS!!! I could devour some right now!

May 20, 2010 12:24 PM
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Kristen Perschon said...

made these last night and have 2 things to say:
1. Holy brown sugar!!!
2. these are delish :)

May 20, 2010 01:08 PM
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natalie said...

O.M.G! i just made these for a teacher appreciation luncheon for my niece’s school…they were a hit!! almost had to make two batches because my husband got a hold of one of them, which quickly turned into two…

May 20, 2010 02:53 PM
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Dianna said...

Yes, I’ve had cookie bars before. You have overlooked them because of the simplicity. Your busy making your yummy creative creations.

May 20, 2010 11:55 PM
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Ellen said...

Help!
I just made these, and the batter was lumpier than your picture, and not as smooth-looking.
The results came out lumpy too. ):
And the top turned hard and brown before it was fully baked!
Not to mention the sides were also very dark..

May 20, 2010 11:59 PM
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Linda said...

I remember my mom making “Congo Bars” for us as an after school snack, MANY years ago! I need to make them again…

May 21, 2010 12:11 AM
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Keri said...

We lived on these as kids…but we always added chocolate frosting for good measure!

May 21, 2010 12:33 PM
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Holly said...

So… I made ‘em. Again.
The first time I tried, they came out amazing, but they really weren’t quite done after 30 mins and putting them back in the oven made the edges too dry for my taste. So I made them again today with 3 cups of flour instead of 2 3/4 (and with a little less sugar, just ‘cuz) and I think I nailed it this time. They were /perfect/ after exactly 30 minutes.
Just wanted to let you know :)
Thanks again for an awesome recipe!!

May 21, 2010 12:51 PM
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Molly said...

Made ‘em today… and they are amazing! Much better than any pan cookies or blondies I’ve ever had. (the brown sugar gives them a caramelized flavor that is just right with the chocolate)

I baked mine an extra 3 minutes and used semi-sweet chips. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

May 21, 2010 04:53 PM
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Allison said...

I made them, they did seem slow to cook… ended up a bit overcooked around the edges and undercooked inside but still disappeared at a rate that left everyone in the family accusing everyone else of eating more then their share LOL.

I’ll make them again.

Now, to find someone with a sugar mill to keep me supplied…

May 22, 2010 01:27 AM
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Elisa said...

Nothing makes me happier than when i bake something and they come out looking exactly like they do in the picture-made these last night-my husband looooved them!

May 22, 2010 10:00 AM
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rayye said...

ohhh i made these last saturday night and they were SOOO good. i didnt quite have enough chocolate chips so i thre in some buttescotch to top it off and i gotta say they were pretty good! they didnt last long, thats for sure! thanks!

May 22, 2010 10:25 AM
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Britta said...

http://bakingboulangerie.blogspot.com/

Please check out my blog, it too has been made with love

May 22, 2010 10:19 PM
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Becky said...

I think you are incredible. When I get the chance to peek at your sight I am always stunned and thrilled that I did. We have my 20 year old son’s friends over today for the last LOST episode. Guess what I’ll be serving? Thanks always for your work!

May 23, 2010 10:38 AM
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Jes said...

These are in the oven as I write this. I am sooo excited to taste them. I guestimated on the amount of brown sugar because I had the kind that comes in the Ziploc bag (Things dry out quickly here in the desert.) I hope they turn out! Thanks for the recipe.

May 23, 2010 07:54 PM
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Maria said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe I made them today and they are delicious my kids love them. It is going to my recipe book . The only issue was the baking time. It took an hour instead of 30 min. Love them thanks again

May 23, 2010 09:11 PM
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Sandi said...

We call em ‘PMS bars’ at my house. LOL. They definitely fit the bill for the monthly chocolate/cake/cookie/brownie craving…all in one pan!

May 24, 2010 06:07 PM
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Jeanne Lobsinger said...

Oh holy congo bar! What a great recipe. My kids used this recipe as their homeschool project for today. I even blogged about it. How do you cook and photograph at the same time. Whew! Good thing we had the bars to eat for energy afterwards!

http://fwlobs.blogspot.com/2010/05/homeschooling-with-benefits.html

Thanks for sharing!!

May 24, 2010 07:23 PM
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Cindy said...

My husband sent this recipe to me today. He “suggested” I make them tonight. :) I did. YUM! One suggestion. These are much better when they have cooled off a bit. We ate them right out of the oven and they are good…but much much better later.

May 25, 2010 12:01 AM
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Kaitlin said...

I actually just made Congo bars, but my recipe is slightly different. Using melted butter add the brown sugar and add the eggs individually then add the flour, baking powder, vanilla, and a dash of salt and then the chocolate chips and nuts. I’ll have to try your recipe next time to compare!

May 25, 2010 02:19 AM
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ansley said...

My husband said this is his new favorite dessert and I don’t need to even attempt to make anything else.

May 25, 2010 02:10 PM
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bz said...

I’m wondering what type of pan you used Bakerella. I used a pyrex 9×13 and mine were very underdone. I baked for another 20+ with foil. Outer edges were overdone. They tasted great but did not look like yours at all. Looked like the chocolate all melted into the rest of the ingredients. I sifted, and stirred by hand. I bake a lot. I think it’s the pan. What type of pan do you use for these. There’s got to be something that so many of us are doing wrong. I’m determined to make it work cause they look soo fabulous!

May 25, 2010 05:36 PM
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mrsblocko said...

I made these and wrote about them here: http://tomatoesforapples.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post.html

They took over an hour in the oven to get them to solidify. They were still delicious, even the crunchier edges. Thanks for the recipe.

May 26, 2010 08:38 AM
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