Congo Bars

It’s as if a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie reproduced, and this is the result.  Take the best of each dessert – the taste of a cookie, the chewiness of a brownie – and roll it into one.  I’ve heard these called “Blondies” before, and the site where I found the recipe, Bakerella, calls them “Brookies.”  In the comments on that page, someone said during their childhood they called them “Good Bars.”  I think I agree with the last one!

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 pound light brown sugar*
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecan or walnuts


  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Add flour and stir by hand until combined.  Stir in chips and then pecans.
  4. Coat a 13 X 9 pan with non-stick spray and spread batter evenly into dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown.

*I used my scale to measure, but if you were trying to use standard measuring tools, I’d try about 2 cups.


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