These Congo bars are so delicious that I’m happy to say they are the best! Delicious and chock full of chocolate chips, which means they are one of the first bars to be eaten off a dessert tray!
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Let’s go back a few years. To when I was 14 years old.
Okay! Okay! More than a few years, but that’s not the point. The point is that these are the best Congo bars.
Classroom Handouts Aren’t always Bad
Now, as I was saying… there I was sitting in algebra class when the teacher passed around a piece of paper. I groaned, thinking the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a recipe.
I thought, “Okay, are we going to make these?” Nope. She wanted us to double the recipe using our math skills. Score! I was good at that, since I had been baking for a few years.
What was the recipe, you ask?
This one! The best Congo bars, ever! I brought the recipe home and we’ve been making these happy-inducing bars ever since.
I love Congo bars. When I was growing up and spied a pan of them on the counter, I would look to see if they’d already been cut. If there were a few bars missing, I’d look around furtively while I carefully pulled back the plastic wrap covering them to cut a little sliver off one of the bars. I didn’t think it would be noticeable. Of course, it was, so I’d have to take a sliver off one of the adjacent bars and on and on till I reached the end of the row.
Looking back now, I should have just taken a bar and been done with it, but somehow, I think it tasted better this way. 🙂
On to the Best Congo Bars Recipe
I preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9 x 9 pan.
We have butter, brown sugar and cane sugar.
I get out my mixer and place the softened butter in the mixing bowl. I also add the white and brown sugar.
I turn on the mixer and beat the butter and sugars together until nice and creamy.
Next, I gather two eggs and vanilla. (And a heck of a lot of measuring spoons. Do you have a ton, as I do? Leave me a comment as I’d love to know.)
I add them to the mixer and mix until combined.
Time to gather the all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. I usually make these with my beloved spelt flour. But since this post is a trip down memory lane, I’m following that original recipe I used when I was growing up.
I pour the flour mixture into the mixing bowl and integrate it on a low setting, gradually increasing the power until the batter is fully blended.
I transfer the batter to a glass bowl so you could see what it is supposed to look like.
I add the whole bag of chocolate chips. Then I grab my favorite spatula and mix away!
I transfer the mixture to the pan and press down the Congo bar dough with my hands. Oh joy! The greasiness of it all!
As you can see, I have some finger ridges on the dough, but fear not! They don’t show when it’s baked. Yay!
I place the pan in the oven and bake the Congo bars for 40 minutes. I use a cake tester to make sure they’re done.
Now comes the difficult part. You have to wait until the Congo bars are fully cooled before you cut into them…….if you can. I say, wait because the bars are so much easier to cut when they’ve cooled.
So, there you have it. The best Congo bars ever!!
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 1 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 10 ounces chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until smooth
- Add the eggs and vanilla
- Beat until mixed
- In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt
- Add to mixing bowl and beat until mixed
- Add chocolate chips and hand mix them in
Grease a 9 x 9 pan, these will be taller than usual. If you want flatter bars, go with a 13 x 9 pan
- Put dough in pan
- Press down with hands
Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, depending on your oven
- Test with cake tester
- Remove from oven
Depending on your oven, the congo bars may take longer to cook! But 40 minutes is perfect for my oven.