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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Congo Sqaures - Blondies

My mom was always really sweet with baking treats and goodies for us kids. One of my favorite treats was Congo Squares, a yummy mixture of a chocolate chip brownie. (I have also heard them called Blondies) Sounds yummy? Yea, I know! If you now have the itch to bake these little guys, all you need is...

3/4 cup butter, melted
2 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 TBS vanilla extract
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Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325* degrees.
2. In large mixing bowl, combine butter and brown sugar; cool slightly. Beat in eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Pour batter into a 9x13 pan. Bake for 25 - 30 mins. When completely cool, cut into squares.
4. These can seem gooey if you don't let them cool AND set. I actually think they taste best the next day or at least a couple hours later. If you over cook them, they will look done, but then they will set hard and crunchy. So, even if they seem a little gooey try and trust them :)

I hope they turn out as good as when my mom makes them... because they are gooooood :) These are seriously my #1 favorite baked good.

35 comments:

  1. Those sound VERY yummy!!! I may have to try them. Are they really chocolatey? I don't like tooooo much choc in something like that. They didn't appear to be!

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  2. I am leaving a comment!! i am counting calories so i dont think they can be a reality in my home, somehow i feel better about eating crap if i at least didnt make it for myself. love th plug for the kitchen aid! a girl's best friend right there.

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  3. Although they do look good and sound yummy, I'm a purist. I tend to like my browies fudge with no nuts or chips. I may have to ask the family what they think.

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  4. mmmmmmmmmm, if I had two more eggs in the house than I currently do, I think I'd be attempting those RIGHT NOW! YUM!

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  5. Those sound (and look) super nummy! Now, if only I had chocolate chips instead of sweetened baking squares!

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  6. Oh my goodness! I cannot believe you have this recipe! My grandmother made these all the time, and I don't think I have had them since she died...13 years ago! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

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  7. YUMMMMMMMMYYYYY!

    I must eat chocolate today!

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  8. mmmmmmmmmm. I'm pre-menstrual and I'm pretty certain I might need these with my Midol later!! TMI? sorry bout that. ;) Happy Weekend!!

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  9. Those look yummy! :) I don't have all the ingredients in my house right now :( lol

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  10. And I think I just might have all of those things on hand! Imagine that?

    Thanks for the recipe! :) You made my weekend!

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  11. I tried these this morning. We sampled them at lunch. They are kid approved. We all enjoyed them dipped in a cool cup of milk. Thanks for the recipe.

    YUMMY!

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  12. I am full just looking at them. Yummmmy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  13. These sound so YUMMY and so easy to make. I am going to make them after the girls are in bed. Thanks!

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  14. Would you just please open up a bakery already? I don't want to make them I want to order them from you and I want to eat them!
    They look divine!! Hugs!

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  15. Yummy, thanks for sharing. I will have to try this one.

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  16. Melissa, THANK YOU! I made these the same day I read your post. In fact, I had them for breakfast this morning. Amazing! I'm sure these will become a staple dessert at our house as well. Thanks!

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  17. hey melissa, can I borrow some chocolate chips so I can make those brownies? hahaha They sound really yummy, it's sunday, and I don't have any chocolate chips. And I went to your blog for the first time ever and now I have to make those....great...ah fa cryin' out louD!!! I guess i'll have to make them for FHE instead when I can get some chocolate chips!! So your blog is cool too yo.

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  18. These sound so delicious! I am copying this recipe so I can try them!! :-)

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  19. This is one of my favorite confections!

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  20. Your congo bars look yummy. I cant wait to try them. Your baby Lucy is just the cutest. Love the pictur of her in her bumbo seat. Ü

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  21. You are killing me. These look delicious!

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  22. This recipe sounds exactly like a Blonde Brownie Recipe I make.
    Same ingredients.
    I will have to compare the measurements.
    Looks delicious!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Okay you are BAD! Now I am going to make these. I need them.

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  24. OMG!!!! I have never heard of anyone else who knew about these! My great-grandmother used to bake them all the time. I bake them for every party and everyone raves about them. We called them Congo Bars.

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  25. OHMYGOSH!!! I GREW UP ON THIS RECIPE!! We called them Congo Bars. Anytime I go to visit my mom, she'll ask if I want her to make a pan of Congo Bars. Oh, heaven...HEA-VEN!

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  26. I finally got around to trying this recipe this week and had a question for you - mine were really gooey and I cooked for the full 30 minutes - can you offer any advice. They did get eaten in a hurry, but we told everyone they were chocolate chip cookie dough bars (hehe).

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  28. I always have to cook them a little longer then they say... but I thought that was just my oven. If they turn out gooey cook them a little longer.... but I always find they really need to set up... you can't just eat them when they cool down... wait for a couple hours.

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  29. ooh yum! Definately going to try this one!

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  30. I saved this recipe from a couple years ago when you posted it and I make them allll the time!! Thanks Melissa and Welcome back to the blogging world, we missed you!! ;)

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  31. Holy moley! Those things make me say 'there's nothing wrong with a big butt :) '

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