Congo Bars



        Congo bars are made with brown sugar and chocolate chips. 

        This is a popular recipe, similar to blonde brownies.



    2/3 cup          butter or margarine, melted

      1 pound        brown sugar

      3 large        eggs

      1 teaspoon     vanilla

  2 3/4 cups         flour, sifted

                       (note: too much will make batter too stiff)

  2 1/2 teaspoons    baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon     salt

     12 ounces       semisweet chocolate chips

      1 cup          chopped nuts (optional -- or you can use more!)

      1 cup          shredded coconut (optional)


Melt butter.  In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add in vanilla. 


Sift together dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture.  Mix until moistened.  Add nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut.  Mix just until combined.  The batter will be very thick.


Pour into greased, shallow 11"x16" baking pan.  Spread evenly.  Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes.  (Don't overbake! Top will feel soft to touch but bars will become firm and chewy when cooled.)  Cool.  Cut into squares and remove from baking pan.


Yield: 32 to 48 bars





                     adapted from: Old Fashioned Country Cookies

                                   by Jo Ann Martin & Vickie Hutchins

                                   Gooseberry Patch Co. - 1994

                                   ISBN: 0963297821