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Congo Bars

Congo Bars

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x


Indulge, in the world of baking with these Congo Bars, a recipe that combines simplicity and decadence. Each bar is a blend of flavors featuring room-temperature butter and luscious brown sugar with a caramel-like taste accompanied by the subtle sweetness of vanilla. The essence of these bars lies in the use of both semisweet and milk chocolate creating a delightful dual chocolate experience that melts in your mouth. Baked to perfection until golden these bars offer a contrast between their crispy edges and their irresistibly gooey center. Suitable for any occasion these Congo Bars are not only a treat, for your taste buds but a celebration of the simple pleasures found in homemade baking.



1 c (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature

2 c brown sugar, packed

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour

1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chunks

1 c milk chocolate chips


Before you start make sure your oven is preheated to 350°F (175°C).

Take a 9×13-inch baking dish. Line it with parchment paper. Lightly grease the dish.

To prepare the batter grab a bowl. Cream together the butter, at room temperature with the packed brown sugar until it becomes fluffy.

Next add in the eggs, vanilla extract, kosher salt and baking powder. Mix everything well.

Gradually incorporate the all-purpose flour into the mixture until it is just combined.

Now it’s time to fold in both the sweet chocolate chunks and milk chocolate chips.

Transfer the batter into your baking dish. Make sure to spread it out evenly.

Place your dish in the oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. You’ll want to see set edges while keeping a slightly gooey center.

Once done baking let the bars cool, in their pan for 5 minutes.

After cooling down cut them into bars to be served and enjoyed!


For all the gluten-free enthusiasts out there, transforming these delectable Congo Bars into a gluten-free treat is wonderfully simple! Replace the all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free flour blend – one that’s designed for a 1:1 substitution works best. Look for a blend that incorporates ingredients like rice flour, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum, which will help mimic the texture and structure of traditional flour. Also, double-check that your baking powder and chocolate chips are labeled gluten-free, as some brands may have hidden gluten content.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes