Congo Bars are similar to Blondies, but their signature add-ins include coconut, nuts and lots of chocolate. They are simply, yet classy and easy to dress up. Over the years I’ve tried several recipes, including this one which I originally found on Food.com.
The original recipe calls for a 9×13 inch pan, but I like the bars slightly thinner so I use a 15×10 inch pan. Sometimes I halve the recipe and use a 9 inch square pan. The original recipe also calls for salted butter, but I almost always use unsalted so my recipe calls for unsalted and a bit more salt.
Big Pan of Congo Bars
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (150 grams)
- 1 pound light brown sugar (2 1/4 cups, packed) (456 grams)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour (weigh flour or aerate well before measuring**) (340 grams)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt decrease to 1/2 if using salted butter
- 10 oz bittersweet chocolate, cut in chunks (284 grams)
- 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut, sweetened flaked (unsweetened okay too)
- Preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15×10 inch pan or line with parchment. Alternatively, you may use a 9×13 inch pan for thicker bars.
- In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla, breaking up any lumps in the sugar.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, then stir in the chocolate and nuts.
- Spread the batter as evenly as possible into the prepared pan.
- Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes (for 15×10 inch pan) or 25-30 minutes (for 9×13 inch pan) until a deep golden brown or the coconut just begins to brown. Cool briefly, then score into triangle swhile still warm. When completely cool, pull apart.