OK, I am not sure exactly what to call this recipe except that it is a bite of heaven in your mouth! I have seen recipes many places called Congo Bars, so I guess you could say these are similar. One major difference is that there is not a TON of brown sugar in these. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of brown sugar, just not a ton! When you think of these bars, think chocolate chip cookie, but more cake-like. It is hard to put into words, but trust me – one bite and you will not be sorry!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 11.5 ounce package chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate)
- 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease 13x9 pan.
- In a large bowl, mix softened butter and brown sugar together until creamy. If you have a mixer, just keep it in the cupboard for this recipe. I think you produce a more moist 'cookie-cake' if you mix it the old fashioned way! ;-)
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Don't worry, it is supposed to be pretty thin.
- Stir in vanilla.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
- Slowly add flour mixture to the brown sugar mixture. It will get thick!
- Finally, add chocolate chips and pecans (if using).
- Dump (not pour since it's so thick) into prepared pan. Spread evenly around the pan with the back of your mixing spoon.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is a beautiful golden brown. Be careful not to overcook.
- Let cool slightly. Cut. Serve. Enjoy!!