Congo Bars I

Congo Bars I

67 Reviews 5 Pics
Recipe by  Mellan

“This was given to me by my mother-in-law; it has been a favorite of my husbands since he was a youngster :-)”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 35 squares



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Melt shortening, stir in brown sugar. Let cool.
  3. Beat in the eggs.
  4. Add dry ingredients.
  5. Add chocolate chips, nuts and vanilla.
  6. Pour in 10 x 15-inch pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

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Really delicious. I used real unsalted butter. I also used a 10 ounce package of Nestle's chocolate and carmel swirls and substituted pecans for the walnuts. I also made a pan with the same swirls and substituted coconut for the nuts for my allergic husband. They are really good. Just a couple of suggestions; You need to line your pan with foil that overlaps the edges, so that you can just lift it out once it has cooled. Also grease your foil. The cooktime is way off. 18-20 minutes max on these bars and they are chewy and rich. I just love them.



I've made this recipe twice. Both times I used butter instead of shortening. I prefer the richness of the flavor of butter. Next time though, I'm going to cut back on the quantity of chocolate chips. The two cups, kind of dominate the nice flavor of the butter and brown sugar. These are a huge family favorite on the 4th of July. Thank you.



I really wanted to like this recipe, I was hoping to add it to my catering menu. It was easy to make and only took a few minutes, but I didn't care for the final product. When I read that they were chewy I was expecting the texture of a fresh baked Toll House cookie, but that isn't the case. These are chewy the way caramel is chewy. The taste wasn't bad, just not what I was hoping for. To sum it up, my expert cookie tasters (my kids) didn't even ask for seconds.

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Amount Per Serving (35 total)

  • Calories
  • 189 cal
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs
  • 26 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 72 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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