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Congo Squares

 Congo Squares
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.
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.


  • 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 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  • 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).
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 144 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.