Congo Bars

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Congo bars are delicious cookie bars filled with chocolate chips. They are soft, chewy and a staple dessert in our family.

Chocolate chip bars cut into squares on a plate.
Congo squares


Why this recipe works

This congo bar recipe is one that was passed down to me from my grandmother. They are similar to a chocolate chip cookie in bar form. Along with being so delicious, these dessert bars are easy to make and great for a crowd.

What are congo bars?

I like to call these bars chocolate chip cookie bars but they are actually a version of a blondie bar. Congo bars are popular in the Southeast and are similar to a brownie without the cocoa powder.

Congo squares ingredients

  • Flour – All-purpose flour is used.
  • Unsalted butter – Slightly softened butter is needed.
  • Brown sugar – Light brown sugar works the best for these bars.
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs – 3 eggs are used.
  • Salt – This helps to balance the sweetness.
  • Chocolate chips – Semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can substitute with white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or even butterscotch chips.

How to make Congo Squares

Step one: Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray. Tip – Line the pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray to help make it easier to cut the bars.

Step two: Make the batter by creaming together the brown sugar and softened butter. Mix in the eggs.

Step three: In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until combined.

Step four: Using a spatula, stir the chocolate chips into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Congo chocolate chip bars on parchment paper

Tips for making these chocolate chip bars

  • Let your butter soften slightly before making the dough. I usually place my butter out on the counter an hour before I am going to bake.
  • Be careful not to over bake these cookie bars.
  • Try serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert.
Congo Squares stacked

How to store leftover bars

Store: Store any leftover cookie bars in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature for 4-5 days.

Freeze: Store in a freezer safe bag or container for up 3 months.

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Chocolate chip bars cut into squares on a plate.
4.67 from 15 votes

Congo Squares

By Heather
Congo Squares are cookie bars filled with chocolate chips. They are soft, chewy and a staple dessert in our family.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 squares


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 (12oz) bag


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • With an electric mixer, mix together brown sugar and butter until creamy.
  • Mix in eggs, one at a time. 
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. 
  • Slowly add flour mixture in with sugar mixture. 
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Be sure not to over bake. 


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    Wind don’t see how much coconut, nuts or white chocolate chips to add. Am I missing something? I am looking forward to making these for our volunteer firefighters, they love treats!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh man do these look DANGEROUS!! I’m not even talking about my kid getting into these, I would absolutely eat this entire thing by myself! For sure going to make these 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    These look incredible! I love making bar cookies because they are so much easier than drop cookies!
    I love how this recipe was from your Nana!

  4. 5 stars
    These are what my cravings are made of! I’ve never heard of congo squares, but the thought of them are making my mouth water.