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Congo Bars

Updated on October 9, 2015

Congo Bars Recipe

Because there's no such thing as a full pan of Congo Bars. They're just so good. As you can see from my picture, they don't last long in our house. My mom passed away April 2012 and one dessert she made since I was young were Congo Bars. There are so many chocolate chips and combined with the brown sugar, they make a great dessert. So not really a cookie or a brownie, but something worth trying.

They are very easy to make. I even messed up the recipe once and they still turned out great. So whether your a great cook or just want to try something fast and easy. Here is something my family loves and yours will too!

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: makes 35 bars


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, I don't always use walnuts)
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs


  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 flour, baking powder, salt
  5. Add chocolate chips, nuts and vanilla.
  6. Pour in 10 x 15 inch or 9 x 13 inch pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Cool and cut into squares.
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Optional substitutes for ingredients

Here are some substitutions or additions to the recipe if you'd like to try them:

1 cup of unsalted butter instead of shortening

two cups flaked coconut instead of nuts (or with the nuts too if you feel like it)

use half semi sweet chocolate and half white chocolate

use Reese's Pieces

add banana chips

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Where did the name Congo Bar come from?

I searched the web to try to find this answer because I was curious about it too.

I found out that they are popular in the Southwest US. People guess that they are called Conga because they can include exotic ingredients like coconut, nuts, and banana chips

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