Monday, June 14, 2010

Congo Bars


Birthday Cake? Forget it. Fancy Holiday Dessert? No way. In our house 'Congo Bars' is what everyone can't wait for. Today I will release our super secret Congo Bar family recipe. Must eat with hot cocoa (yes even in the summer) or ice cold milk (yes even in the winter).


Congo Bars


1 3/4 c flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 cube of margarine

almost 1/3 cup of vegetable oil

2 1/2 tsp of baking powder

3 eggs

1 box (2 and 1/3 cups) of brown sugar

1 package of chocolate chips


Melt margarine and add sugar and oil. Cool a little before adding eggs, one at a time. Add dry ingredients and chocolate chips. Bake in a 10x15" pan for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.


Enjoy!


P.S. Here is my question, what is your favorite brand/type of chocolate chips?
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Recipe and photos courtesy Vanessa Brown of www.INeverGrewUp.net

34 comments:

tarynn said...

The best chocolate chips are made by Guittard. hands down. no contest.

Marcy said...

I second Guittard for sure.

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Sufoot said...

Ghiradelli, all the way...

pam said...

What's a cube of butter?

Mr. Google says:

2 TBSP
1 stick (8 TBSP)

wha wha wha???

The Things I See said...

Guittard FOREVER.

Britty said...

Yup, Guittard here, too.

Sharon said...

Guittard is the winner!!

Ana Degenaar said...

yumm

Ana Degenaar said...

yumm

vanessa said...

Cube = Stick

Same difference ;)

deidra said...

Big, oversized Guittard chips. I stock up when they're on sale.

Karilyn said...

I will buy Hershey's anytime I get a chance -- because I've been to Hershey, PA and saw what Milton Hershey and his wife have done with the money.... they have the most wonderful school there for children ages 5 - 18 (kindergarten through 12th grade) -- they come from all over the nation, children who would normally be living in poverty with next-to-no chance of getting out of poverty. At this school, they don't only get a great education, but all their medical needs are met, and they make lifelong friends with the other children who live there. It's like a University for Life! Milton Hershey and his wife were never able to have children of their own, so their legacy to the world is to make sure children (I don't know how many over the past 60 years!?) get a chance to have a life out of the slums where they were born.

Truly someone to look forward to meeting in Heaven someday~

Hershey's chocolate all the way!

Torri P said...

I learned about these in the 4th grade!! Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I have no idea where mine got put, and these are seriously one of the MOST delicious treats around!!

tarynn said...

Can these be made with butter instead of margarine? ...I'm not down with the transfats

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vanessa said...

You know they turn out different with butter darn it, I have tried!

Katie said...

I admit I was very surprised to see margarine on a NieNie blog! I'm disappointed to learn they turn out different with butter. It it just different, or all wrong when you use butter?

vanessa said...

They turn out all wrong with butter. So probably good to skip the recipe. You can google Congo Bars with butter and see if you find another recipe that it similar.

tarynn said...

Yup- they're definitely all wrong with butter! I tried it before I saw Vanessa's response...

The Grimes Family said...

Maybe I'm missing something, but I used 3/4 of a stick of butter and I thought they turned out great! Maybe if I tried it with margarine I would see the difference, but I'm chowing down on my yummy Congo Bars (made with real butter) as we speak!

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Kate said...

Well anonymous, that is a little un called for. What is wrong about being a mormon houswwife. I am proud to be home raising my children instead of a stranger. I am also proud to be mormon. If you dont like mormon housewives why are you on the blog of one?

Green In OC said...

The recipe has margarine and vegetable oil, but the directions don't mention the oil?

I like my chocolate "guilt free", so I use Tropical Source chocolate chips - they are darker chocolate AND they are not made with slave labor.

Unfortunately, Hershey, Guittard, Ghiradelli and most others knowingly source their cacao from plantations that use slave labor - mostly child slaves.

Can't wait to hear back about the oil because I am going to experiment with butter!!

Nicole Braden said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! It looks amazing!!!!!!!!

vanessa said...

You add in the oil after the brown sugar, she is going to go in and add that to the recipe for me.

And...you know my local grocery store sells fair trade organic chocolate chips now and they are really good. I shop at Harmons in Utah.

staci with an i said...

it looks like there's an egg white meringue on top... is there?

Green In OC said...

Vanessa you have no idea how hearing that Fair Trade is becoming more and more available makes my heart sing!

Thank you for your reply.

I am definitely going to try it with butter!

Michelle F said...

I have these in the oven right now and can't wait. I'm planning to bring them to my sons baseball game today. I added the oil to the brown sugar mixture as another blogger said hoping I was right. I learned a while ago when I try a new recipe I always make it exactly as it says the first time. After that I'll substitute if I feel like it. Thanks for the recipe I can't wait.

Likely said...

I waaaaaaaay underbaked hese apparently. they were gooey. really gooey. and I used butter, so maybe that was it?

Nicole Braden said...

I just made these today! They are wonderful! Thank you so much for the recipe! : )

The Chaffin's said...

I am excited to try these. I was looking for a good dessert and am glad I found this one! Yummy.

Anonymous said...

What is considered a cube of butter? 1 tblsp? or 1 stick? Or something in between... please identify. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I meant cube of margarine...