Congo Squares Recipe
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Congo Squares Recipe

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This recipe was given to me nearly 50 years ago, at a company picnic, and it's our family's favorite dessert. Now my grandchildren bake it for their families. When each of our three sons got serious about a girl, sure enough, I'd get a call from a young lady requesting "his favorite dish". I always gave the girls this recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 144 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, melt shortening over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar. Cool slightly. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add gradually with eggs to shortening mixture. Stir in the vanilla, chips and nuts (batter will be very stiff).
  2. Spread into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm. Yield: about 48 bars.
Originally published as Congo Squares in Reminisce March/April 1992, p35

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Rosannes User ID: 8224828 218571
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"I forget the nuts and add 1 cup white chocolate chips"

movnspeechGA User ID: 249584 11897
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008 Edited Mar. 9, 2017

"Aren't those good? When we were kids, one of our neighbors used to make these and my DB loved them. I have made them a few times."

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