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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Congo Bars

Many recipes for congo bars these days have coconut and/or white chocolate chips. This one is more like a blond brownie, and it's been in the family for at least 50 years. These are a favorite of my dad's; he made them frequently while my brothers and I were growing up. Pure comfort food.



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Congo Bars


Source: Grandma Betty

Beat the following ingredients together:

3 eggs
2 1/4 c firmly packed cups brown sugar (or a 1-pd box)
2/3 c vegetable oil

Add:
1 teas salt
2 teas baking powder
1 teas vanilla
1 c walnuts or pecans, chopped
3 c flour
1 c chocolate chips (or a 6-oz pkg)

This will be a stiff dough. Press into an oiled 18x12 pan or two 9x13 pans. Bake at 350F for 12-20 minutes. When they are cooked they still look a little undercooked in the middle. If you leave it until it looks done, they will be dry and crunchy. You can use a toothpick stuck in the middle to check to see if they are done--if the toothpick comes out dry, it’s finished cooking. Cut while slightly warm.



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