Congo Squares are cookie bars filled with chocolate chips. They are soft, chewy and a staple dessert in our family.
Congo squares go waaaaaaay back in my family. My sweet Nana passed this recipe down to me when I first started cooking. She got the recipe from her mother and it is now one of my favorite dessert recipes!
How to make
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray.
To make the batter, cream together brown sugar and softened butter. Mix in eggs.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture until combined. Using a spatula, stir in chocolate chips. Pour the batter into your pan and bake.
What is a Congo Square?
- They are actually a version of a blondie. Popular in the southeast, they are like a brownie without the cocoa. I also call them chocolate chip cookie bars.
- Some contain coconut or nuts, but Nana’s version has just chocolate chips.
Tips for making these chocolate chip bars
- Let your butter soften before baking. I usually place mine out on the counter an hour before I am going to bake.
- Be careful not to over bake these cookie bars.
If you want to get real crazy, serve these congo squares warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Enjoy ~ Heather
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- 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
- 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 (12oz) bag
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 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.