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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    about 48 bars


  • 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 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 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 144 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Rosannes
    Jan 22, 2015

    I forget the nuts and add 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • Lynnefa
    Dec 10, 2011

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    Jun 25, 2009

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  • movnspeechGA
    Dec 23, 2008

    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.

  • FriedaG
    Dec 22, 2006

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