Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I hope you have chocolate chips handy


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?


Here’s all the ingredients. Simple stuff.


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.


Look at that beautifully thick batter.


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


Cool and cut.


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


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.


How about butterscotch or peanut butter chips?


M&M’s maybe.


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

Customize, baby.


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.

andrea said...

i made these for a second grade field trip and my daughter and her friends loved them. they turn out perfectly!!!

May 26, 2010 11:38 AM
Cheyenne said...

BZ – Mine turned out perfectly at 30 minutes. (I used room temp butter, sifted, and hand stirred) I used a 9×13 dark colored non-stick cake pan the first time and a 9×13 dark colored non-stick brownie pan the 2nd time. Both gave me similar results. I also let them cool completely before cutting them.

May 26, 2010 09:58 PM
Jennifer Cook said...

the difference between mixer and hand-mixing…think like you’re making muffins–the less stirring, the more moist they come. this is why, often, brownie recipes recommend hand-mixing as well. (the mixer adds extra stirring, which creates more gluten from the flour, which makes it more tough–great for sandwich bread, not so great for brookies)

May 26, 2010 11:12 PM
Shannon said...

I made these and they were AWESOME!! It only took me 30 minutes as well. I think people tend to over cook cookies and such because they still seem to “jiggle” in the middle, but I take them out and let them set up, cool, and then cut and they do just just fine. I also lined my 9×13 pan with parchment paper and just pulled out the “brookies” when ready to cut. Made it much easier…Wonderful!!

May 27, 2010 12:09 AM
Mariel said...

These are so close to my version of Chili’s Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie, my best friend.

Thanks for this and all your yummies, I can’t wait to get the cookbook!

May 27, 2010 11:38 AM
Mare said...

I amde them for my husband’s 40 th B-day breakfast and they were a total hit, a keeper! The boys loved them and my husband too! Thanks!

May 27, 2010 11:54 AM
Richard said...

Yum! I made these last night and they’re fantastic, I think I overcooked them a little (boo) but they’re still amazing. You’re the best!

May 27, 2010 05:36 PM
Elizabeth said...

I always have one of those 72 oz. bags of chocolate chips from Costco, I know I have a serious baking problem, but I am making these right now and the dough was amazing! Can’t wait for the baked ones!

May 27, 2010 09:31 PM
Treneka said...

Made these yesterday with semi-sweet (all i had lol) chocolate chips and caramel candies!! — DELICIOUS!!!

May 28, 2010 04:25 PM
Kendall said...

I used regular brown sugar, which is 2 1/4 cups for a pound


May 29, 2010 03:58 PM
Haley C said...

These were so yummy! I’m going to put this link/recipe on my blog so my family and friends can enjoy them! Thanks! You are so great and inspirational!

May 29, 2010 10:39 PM
Stephanie said...

Yep, Blondies….I just made some the other day. But I may officially change it to Brookies….I really like that one!

May 29, 2010 11:59 PM
kandace said...

These are the best I just made 2 batches the first was better then the second because I was more accurate with the measuring. The hand mixing also helped make them better. I do know that they were a hit with the family. My daughter and brother loved them and kept asking for more.

May 30, 2010 12:38 AM
karn said...

how mach gram is 2/3 cup butter?
It looks great!!!!

May 30, 2010 08:04 AM
Lynn said...

I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant and just the pictures made me salivate. I’m headed to the store to buy the ingredients to make these. I can’t wait!

May 30, 2010 10:30 PM
Kristin Morris said...

LOVE LOVE THESE! They looked so yummy that I had to make them myself! And I did have to bake mine for about 45 min. But then again that could be b/c my 13×9 was being used for spaghetti bake at the moment, so I used an 11.5×9.

Thank you for the recipe!!!

P.S. I did mine by hand, need more strength but tasted amazing!

May 30, 2010 11:34 PM
Steph said...

I made some this weekend my boyfriend fell in LOVE with these..kept sayin “I wanna brookie” lol :]

May 31, 2010 04:51 AM
Barb said...

“Congo Squares” were a very favorite when I was a kid (fifty years ago). I haven’t made any for a really long time – guess I’ll have to whip some up!

May 31, 2010 09:35 AM
Kelly Lawson said...

Do they call them Congo because of the ape like noises your husband makes when tasting them for the first time? OHHH I’m thinking of Kong-o Been drooling over these for a few weeks, finally got a chance to make them, they are this prego girls dream!

May 31, 2010 09:25 PM
Candy said...

Mmmm! I made these and they were a real hit! Easy to make too! I’ll be putting that recipe in my recipe book! THANKS! :)

May 31, 2010 10:33 PM
Ashley Auerbach said...

I have made these several times since you put these on here and people LOVE them!!! I was wondering how they would turn out as cookies, so I made them as cookies yesterday and they were the best chewy/cakey cookies. I loved them like that too!!! I can’t get enough of these!!

June 1, 2010 11:11 AM
kezzy said...

I love your site, it has inspired me so much. Thank you!
Do we need to be living in the USA to enter your give aways?

June 1, 2010 01:20 PM
Click3x said...

Check out a new promo for a Food Network show called Cupcake Wars!

June 1, 2010 03:20 PM
Chuck said...

These looked so good I had to try them… mine didn’t end up looking quite so smart! That will teach me to play fast and loose with quantities. Something must have got lost between converting them out of cups and dividing by three (your mixture is HUGE) and violently undercooking… They were gooey bordering on sloppy. Still delicious though. The mixture is also super good. Might try and make them again and see if I can make them look like yours though. If I have to eat another batch so be it!

June 1, 2010 05:37 PM
Sarah said...

THESE WERE HEAVENLY!!! I’m making them again today!!!
The first time I did it i copied the EXACT measurements, and it was definitely to much brown sugar for my tasting. I made it today with 1 C brown sugar, and a 1/2 C of white sugar, and its SOO much better!! (doesn’t have that brown sugary taste)

June 2, 2010 06:00 PM
Deb said...

OMG – a blast from the past. We made these when we were kids just learning to bake. I recenlty made them for a ski trip and my brothers were in heaven.

June 2, 2010 08:28 PM
Urhixidur said...

Yeah, it’s good, very useful, thanks :)

June 3, 2010 06:10 PM
Millie said...

really need to find somewhere in Australia that sells peanut butter chips !

usafoods. com. au sells them, and butterscotch ones too

I have these baking in the oven right now – a combo of butterscotch and choc chips

June 5, 2010 12:56 AM
Miki said...

Not sure if you’re still reading comments here (or if you ever did!) but I just wanted to say…

I found this blog totally randomly but the recipes looked so good and I had wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to try and make these. Take into consideration I live in Japan so I had to make due with what I can find at the store and I don’t have an oven…only a combination microwave/convection oven.

However! They came out awesome! They’re very cakey, which is a consistency of cookie you cannot find in Japan. I’m so pleased with the results. Thank you for posting the recipe! I am looking forward to trying some of your other recipes in the future.

June 5, 2010 08:35 AM
Clara said...

i just did them and omg they taste AMAZING, althought it’s too sweet

June 5, 2010 06:02 PM
Ashley M. said...

These are AMAZING! I chose to make them by hand and they came out perfectly. I will definitely be making these again!

June 6, 2010 11:05 PM
Bethy said...

these are wonderful! I made them (w/o the mixer) over the weekend for a housewarming party and they were a hit. thanks for the recipe!

June 7, 2010 11:54 AM
MariaEirin said...

MMmmmm.. I made these with white chocolate, hazelnuts and mini M & M’s… They were awesome :) Thanks!

June 7, 2010 03:42 PM
Marian said...

I just made them this afternoon, I cut The recipe in half and worked out great! This are really a treat! BTW it is my first time writing here but I am a big fan! Thanks for sharing all these fab ideas!

June 7, 2010 10:55 PM
steff said...

I used my handy dandy kitchen scale to measure the brown sugar and guesstimated on the chocolate chips since i have the giant bag. These sweet treats are A M A Z I N G!

June 9, 2010 09:47 PM
Lupita said...

i’ve triedd thissss onee !!! anddddd its tasteee ssooo yummy ! i heart ittt ! =D but, i think its a bitt sweet yaa…

June 10, 2010 10:54 AM
Stav said...

I made your yummy brookies yesterday, and they are great…
but, a bit to sweet for my family. Do you have an idea how to make them a bit less sweet? maybe changing some of the brown sugar with something else?… thank you!

June 12, 2010 05:27 AM
Gabi? said...

I had to try to make these, because they looked so tempting. But as usual with your recipes, something went wrong. My bars turned out to be nothing like yours. After spending a while converting mesurments (why can’t you just give them in metric system? you would do to the world a favore!); mixing ingridients, and puting pan into the oven – 30 min and the cake dropped :( It was row-like, or as others described it: gooey and much darker that in the pictures. So what exactly went wrong? I followed recipe, temperature was ok, so what is the reason?

June 14, 2010 02:01 PM
Anj said...

Hello, Miss B.! I’ve been a fan of baking and all things sweet since I was 9. I’m 14 now, and I’ve been reading your blogs when I stumbled at these congo bars. And I just have to say that you are one AWESOME baker! I tried these for the first day of school, and everyone loved it! Even my teacher gave me a high grade for those “brookies”! Thanks miss Bakerella!

ps: In my version, I added 1/2 cup of peanut butter. and I think m&m’s are not that good for baking brookies. Their shells melted and made the bars “colorful”. XD

June 15, 2010 02:55 AM
Jenny said...

Third time I’m baking these today, they are delicious!

June 15, 2010 09:48 AM
Michelle said...

just made these and they came out great! I left them in the oven for 35 minutes and they were perfect!

June 17, 2010 06:11 PM
Monika said...


I made these yesterday and i can only describe them as HEAVENLY! Oh, my god! I ate six of them right away..

Took them to work and everybody loved them.

June 18, 2010 09:05 AM
Tender B. said...

My mom used to make a variation of these when I was younger. Didn’t remember them, or desire them, until I came across your blog. Thanks for the recipe, time to mimic it.

June 20, 2010 05:17 PM
Shawn said...

I made these for a baptism yesterday and I received mixed reviews. Most people said they were very “doughy”? Don’t know what I did wrong, I followed the recipe exactly?

June 21, 2010 01:00 PM
Kate said...

we made them and loved them! thanks

June 22, 2010 09:37 AM
kayleigh said...

yum yum yum!! They are delicious!! And my sister enjoyed licking the bowl after!! :P

June 22, 2010 10:54 AM
Alicia said...

So, I tried this recipe tonight, hand-mixed, did everything exactly as you described. They’ve been in the oven 35 minutes and the middle is still soup. I’m pretty bummed. :(

June 22, 2010 11:02 PM
Stephanie said...

I could just lick the screen – these look amazing. So much better than when I make them. LOL!

June 27, 2010 06:52 PM
amirah said...

Hi I made this recently because I thought it looked amazing! But as a beginner baker I thought 1 lb. of brown sugar was too much (it yielded 3 1/2 cups) so I cut it down to 1 cup. Unfortunately it didn’t taste very sweet so that was my fault. I just wanted to check around how many cups 1 lb. is in case I weighed it incorrectly. Many thanks!

June 29, 2010 11:44 AM
dennissa said...

this looks uber yummy!
does the recipe change if i am at high altitude?

July 5, 2010 10:37 PM
Angela said...

These were very easy to make. I didn’t have a “bag” of brown sugar, I had it stored in a container and had no idea how much a lb. of sugar translated. So, I went with two cups. The brookies turned out pretty good. I really like them and will definitely make them again. I am going to go with 2 1/4 cups of brown sugar next time. I didn’t have any trouble with doughiness.
Thanks, Bakerella! This was a great recipe b/c I have trouble with things turning out bakingwise and these were perfect!

July 9, 2010 07:42 PM
Onna said...

Lord… THese are going to be só good, I read about you in a magazine and decided to look up your blog and omg, I’m in heaven, I want to try all of your recepies, starting with this one.

I’m home alone all day so maybe antoher will follow? :3

July 10, 2010 03:55 AM
tangie said...

just wanted to let you know that I am so thankful to have found this recipe… they are SO yummy and since finding the recipe here at the beginning of the summer, I have made them for every single BBQ and get together we have gone to… SCRUMPTIOUS!!! so, thank you!!

July 19, 2010 06:30 PM
hikari said...

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
is it 2 times 3/4 or 2 cups plus 3/4 cups ?!
Sorry I’m not used to cups

July 19, 2010 09:39 PM
Sydney said...

I made 3 batches of these with a combo of milk, white, and butterscotch chips….one of the best things i’ve ever baked (and milk’s newest best friend)

July 23, 2010 05:44 AM
Gabi? said...

Hej Hikari, it is 2 cups and 3/4 of a cup. :)

I’m not used to cups neither. I woud like to know: how much is a cup of flour. Conversion sites gives me false results, so every time i try to make the cake, it ends bad.
Too bad the autor don’t bother to answer questions on her own site.

July 29, 2010 04:31 AM
Harriette said...

Oh these look good. Quick Question though, it is a pound of brown sugar? Not 1 cup? Sounds like a lot of sugar….

August 6, 2010 11:39 AM
Missy Mandell said...

I was feeling a little adventurous… here’s my twist!

I followed the recipe until it was time to put the batter in the pan. I poured most of the batter into the pan but left enough for a top layer. Then, I used icing to make frosting flowers/balls/clusters (whatever you want to call them… I made the batter look polka dotted so that each blondie would have frosting). Then I poured the rest of the batter over the top to cover up the frosting. Served warm, it’s a gooey center! Served chilled or after being frozen, it’s a candy center!

Thanks for the recipe bakerella!

August 18, 2010 04:40 AM
Katka_from_Brno said...

Thanx for this great recipe. I made them yesterday and everybody in our family loved them! Yummy!

August 23, 2010 08:05 AM
Sharayah said...

I stumbled upon this recipe today, and made it for my in-laws tonight. They were a smashing success! I had two, they were so good. ;) Thanks so much! I followed the recipe to a T, but only had them in the oven for 25 minutes and they were perfectly chewy. Is my oven even hotter than yours?

August 29, 2010 01:40 AM
Anonymous said...

im frm singapore… any idea where 2 get butterscotch???
iv never gotta a chance 2 try it :(

September 17, 2010 01:41 AM
Sid said...

These were VERY good. I hand mixed them and they were done in 30 minutes. But I think my wrist was a little swift with the spatula as they were quite cakey. Maybe I should just add 2 eggs only, next time? I’d really like a chewier version.

September 29, 2010 04:34 PM
Annabel said...

These are currently in the oven! I had to convert all the cup measurements though because I’m in England, I’m sure it’ll be worth it :D

October 2, 2010 10:37 AM
meygan said...

I had to tell you i was having a chocolate craving and had a bag of chocolate chips so i googled a recipe and this was one of the top that popped up so i tried it and it was amazing! We ate every single bar… So i made them for a potluck at my office and again they were a hit everyone was begging for the recipe so i gave it to them too! We love you for putting this out there!

I only made one VERY small change i have a pampered chef bar stoneware pan and made them in that ended up that pan was smaller 4×9 or something like that made the bars a little thicker and VERY gooey and soooooo yummy!

Thanks again!

October 14, 2010 11:58 PM
Ammelie said...

Mine weren’t done even after I baked them for longer! Is it my oven? ):

October 17, 2010 05:46 AM
Gabrielle said...

I’ve got ‘em in the oven baking now! I hope they turn out as good as yours look (:

Mine don’t look as thick as yours are though (I mixed by hand) so not quite sure.

Can’t wait to eat them!!

November 4, 2010 08:28 PM
Marissa said...

These are SOOoooo good! I made half this recipe (with 2 eggs) in an 8×8 pan- everyone LOVED them! Posted about it on my blog here:

Thanks for the recipe!


November 10, 2010 08:45 AM
Susan said...

These bar cookies do look delish… YUM!

I collect recipe boxes from estate sales—and in them, old-timey recipes. I have multiple recipes for “Chiparoos” that is almost identical to this posted recipe.

Every recipe for Congo bars that I own contains coconut…

November 16, 2010 06:20 AM
Lauryn said...

I just took these out of the oven & can hardly wait for them to cool! This might be my new favorite cookie :)!

November 20, 2010 08:51 PM
Jennylee said...

My grandma used to make something like that and we called them good bars because they were sooo good!

November 26, 2010 01:50 PM
Kainaat said...

Oohh.. the one pound of sugar made me feel a bit scared, but since I first saw this recipe, I knew I was going to make it (that was about 2 or so weeks ago, my resolve can only last this long!). So I cut the recipe in half and have just put it in the oven.. I am going to start checking 10 mins before the done time though since the quantity is less… can’t *wait* for them to be done!!

December 11, 2010 12:14 PM
Mer said...

Baking these as I type for an office holiday party tomorrow. I put dark chocolate M&Ms in, too!

December 14, 2010 08:32 PM
Rebecca said...

They are baking in the oven as we speak and they look absolutely divine. I can’t wait to taste test them! You also have the same measuring spoons as me… ahh isn’t baking an awesome hobby?!

December 17, 2010 01:54 PM
Jeanne said...

I just made these for my family for Christmas Day – oh my word, are they good! I used my KitchenAid to mix everything, and they came out just fine – crisp and golden brown on top and the edges, moist in the middle. They still have a bit of “cakeyness” to them too, but I like my brownies fudgy, so this version works for me.

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good brookie!

December 24, 2010 02:22 PM
your masters, GWAR said...

These are awesome with Coconut Flakes substituted for the Pecans.
Shot of Bourbon never hurt them, either.

December 30, 2010 09:15 PM
your masters, GWAR said...

also had to cut back a bit on the flour…your eggs must be huge!

December 30, 2010 09:53 PM
Ella said...

I made these yesterday and they were AMAZING!
seriously can’t get over how good they are, I will make these often!

January 1, 2011 10:12 PM
Alysha said...

Sooooo Good. I just made these and I can’t stop going to get more. The only complaint is how good they are. My waist line is going to suffer.

January 9, 2011 06:25 PM
Clare said...

Just made some of these… Wow!!!
So yummy! Major sugar rush now though! Lol!
I’m not sure if I got some if the measurements right though?! We don’t measure in “cups” here in the uk!!!
Ps when are you bringing out another book with all these gorgeous recipes! I love my cake pops one I got for Xmas!

January 15, 2011 11:20 AM
Shayan said...

I just made these, they turned out amazing! I didn’t have any light brown sugar on hand, so I just used 1/2 lb white sugar and 1/2 lb dark brown sugar and they turned out fine. Thanks for the recipe!

January 23, 2011 03:29 PM
Emily said...

I made these the other night for a get together. They turned out amazing and everyone loved them! Thanks you!!

February 9, 2011 04:33 PM
Shoshana Klein said...

do they freeze well? if i put in M&M’s do i cut down on the amount of the c.chips? i want to make them for a kiddy party in 3 weeks….

February 11, 2011 08:45 AM
Shoshana Klein said...

also-can you anyone give me the recepie in cup/spoon mesurmants?? please :)))

February 11, 2011 08:49 AM
Kate @ the wooden spoon said...

WOW – great recipe! I made these last night using your recipe (though walnuts instead of pecans, since that’s what we had in the house). Fantastic! I had trouble judging whether or not they were done, and initially took them out too early (30 minutes but my oven may run cooler!). After cutting and determining they were NOT done, I popped them back in the oven for five more minutes and they were set. Rave reviews from all who ate them. Thanks!

February 20, 2011 12:43 PM
Naomi said...

Yesterday i tried these and cause i’m an idiot i forgot to translate the 350degree’s into C cause i forgot that its different from the uk! so yesterday they were burnt to a crisp!

today i tried again, but for some unknown reason they failed. they looked so good and as soon as i cut into them the middle was still gooey! the ended up being in the oven for 1hr 15mins and they still didn’t work! and my batter looked exactly like they did in the picture! so who knows what went wrong! but i wont be trying for a third time! 1 1b sugar is EXPENSIVE!

February 22, 2011 08:54 AM
Maddy Slot said...

I made these for a bake sale, they are delicious!! Raised a lot of money =]

March 22, 2011 04:48 PM
Syaza said...

I tried these today, but they ended up taking longer than 30 minutes to bake. I had to leave them in for about 50 minutes! But other than that, it was magical.

Thank you for the recipe. DELISH! :9

March 27, 2011 08:28 AM
isabella said...

I am so in love with your website!
all these sweet treats are amazing.
Just posted your blog address on my twitter, so many more can follow =]

March 30, 2011 09:15 PM
Faye said...

I cannot wait to try these! Only just stumbled across your blog, and I’m holding you accountable for HOURS of lost sleep and some embarassing overexciteable facebook activity! Only thing is I’m in London and don’t think our cup measurement is the same as yours? AND I simply cannot míss out on all these amazing recipes. Also, if you’re ever in London and haven’t been to the Humingbird bakery it would be a crime. I like the flagship store on Portobello Road, get there early though on weekends as its only tiny and tends to have queues going……

April 8, 2011 04:23 AM
Mariam said...

I did these brookies, they were soo delicious .. my family really liked it . I mixed in white chocolate chips and it really worked and made them look fab… <3

April 8, 2011 10:10 AM
Alli said...

Thanks for this great recipe!! Just made these and they are wonderful! I added some caramel bits. These are a must try!

April 16, 2011 09:42 PM
Dee said...

I made some today….finally! Never had’em.
There in the oven right now!!!
Can’t wait :D

April 25, 2011 12:42 PM
Daisie said...

These are simply delish!! I am posting a link to this post on my blog! Thank you for the inspiration!!

May 5, 2011 12:35 PM
sophie said...

oh my goooooood!!!

May 26, 2011 03:32 PM
Cheryl said...

My sister told me how she made Congo Bars the other day. I’ve never had them or heard of them, and stumbled onto your site. No one in my house likes pecans, so I substituted butterscotch chips in their place.

I now understand why you love butterscotch.

These are melt in your mouth wonderful! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

May 30, 2011 12:58 PM
Laura said...

I just made these today. The batter looked absolutely NOTHING like the oh-so-pretty picture above, but they still turned out yummy!

June 18, 2011 11:04 PM
Jeanine said...

just made these and they turned out GREAT! Just as described … A chocolate chip cookie with a brownie texture. By the way, I used a mixer but was careful not to overmix any of the steps. YUM!!

July 1, 2011 05:05 PM
Sarah said...

Loved the flavor. Mine were not done in the center after 30 minutes–next time I will bake 45 minutes to get them more done in the center.

July 8, 2011 08:27 PM
Amy said...

It pains me to not leave glowing feedback here but unfortunately these didn’t turn out for me. I followed the instructions closely, paying attention to the additional notes regarding baking time but mine still weren’t done after 45 minutes in the oven. The edges were brown, despite the foil blanket I gave them after 30 minutes. The crust was baked, but the inside was just goo…and goo is good, but not like this :(

July 14, 2011 12:32 PM
Rodiemom said...

My hubby grew up with these, almost the exact recipe, but my mother-in-law substitutes 1/3 cup of peanut butter for half of the butter. Absolutely fabulous! And we always bake them in a 10×15 inch pan (I use the large stoneware from Pampered chef) and they always come out perfectly done!

July 26, 2011 04:56 PM
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