Great Aunt Helen’s Congo Bars

When I got married nearly 30 years ago, my lovely Aunt and Nana threw me a wonderful bridal shower. It was so fun! We drove up to Massachusetts and were surrounded by family and family friends. (some I didn’t even know!) It was amazing! One of the coolest parts of it was that each guest was asked to bring a recipe to me. I was so thrilled to have family recipes and still use many of them to this day! The best part of the recipes now is that they are all hand-written…no typewriters, copies, or computer print outs. I LOVE this about them. Every time I make these recipes, it brings me back to that day and to the people who took the time to write them out…this one is from my Grandfather’s sister…Great Aunt Helen♥

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I got this recipe from my grandfather's sister for my bridal shower 30 years ago!

I got this recipe from my grandfather’s sister for my bridal shower 30 years ago!

Congo Bars

1 lb brown sugar

2/3 cup butter

3 eggs, beaten

2 3/4 cups flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2tsp salt

1 cup chopped nuts

1 12 ounce pkg choc chips (1 1/2 cups)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9″ pan with cooking spray.

Melt the brown sugar with the butter over low heat in a large, heavy pot. Cool just a bit then add eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla.

When combined, add the nuts and chocolate chips. Put into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes. Cut into squares when slightly cool. These are rich so make the squares on the small size.

What do I love about this recipe? Well, bar cookies are always super easy and fast to throw together! Plus I love that this is a family recipe…if you know me at all…you know I love things that go way back in my family.

What don’t I love about this recipe? The only thing I would say here is that they are super-duper sweet, so cut them into small cubes, not brownie-type sizes.

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