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Congo bars are a Sunday staple at my mother in law’s house. This yummy recipe was passed down from my husband’s grandma and is one we all LOVE.

We’ve been staying at my in-law’s this weekend, until we head out to Ohio, and we just HAD to make these delicious cookie bars. They are so easy to make and are super yummy! Crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle… just the way I like them. Pure chocolate goodness I tell ya! Top these congo bars with ice cream and you have a match made in heaven. Too bad the pan was gone in about .25 seconds! Next time. ;)

Congo bars AKA chocolate cookie bars:

Congo bars


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup salted butter (softened)
  • 3 eggs (whisked)
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Mix the baking powder and salt with 1 cup of flour. Pour into the butter mixture and stir in the rest of the flour. Fold in chocolate chips.
  2. Grease a 12x14 pan (13x9 will work too) and lightly dust with flour. Press dough into pan with flour on your hands. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Oven temps will vary. Test with a tooth pick. The dough should be soft in the center.
  3. Allow bars to cool and then enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

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29 Responses to “Congo bars AKA chocolate cookie bars”

  1. debbiedoos

    Oops, my comment…this recipe looks so good. I may try it this weekend for a girls get together. Thanks for sharing your family recipe.

    • Jamielyn

      I’m so glad you love them! Whenever my family is deciding which dessert to make, these are always at the top of the list! :)

  2. Dee

    Had a recipe for these about 20 yrs ago, but after several moves it got misplaced. I loved them, so thanks for this recipe & many happy memories of making these.

  3. Brynna

    My aunt used to make Congo bars all the time when we would come to visit as kids. I loved them! Your recipe tasted just like I remember them. Thanks for bringing back memories that I can now share with my kids!

    • Jamielyn

      I’m so glad the Congo bars brought back great memories! These are our families favorite treat! I got the recipe from my mother in law! :)

  4. Meg C

    My mom has always made congo bars, but our family recipe is different than you’re recipe. If they are anything like that my mom makes, then I know the are delicious!

  5. Sara

    I made these a few nights ago. My co-workers loved them but I felt like they were missing a little “something” – I would probably add vanilla next time.

    • Jamielyn

      I just re-read the recipe from my mother-in-law and it had 1 tsp of vanilla! Thanks for catching that Sara, I just updated it! Hopefully they turn out a little better next time! :)

      • Jessica

        They are LITERALLY in my oven right now. Totally stoked to taste them. I accidentally put them in the pan without adding the vanilla so I kind of stirred it in… hope they work out!

  6. Dima

    i ran out of butter so i used coconut oil instead. And do not forget to add the vanilla, it was listed in the ingredients needed, but not in the instructions on when to add it.

    • Jamielyn

      I’ve made a s’mores version of these with marshmallows and graham crackers and the marshmallows really do make them yummy! :) Thanks for catching that…I will add where to add the vanilla in the recipe! Glad you liked this family favorite recipe!