Classic congo bars, a brown sugar brownie-likebar with chocolate chips and pecans.
Recipe: Congo Bars
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt1/2 cup butter, softened1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed1 teaspoon vanilla extract3 large eggs1 cup pecans, chopped1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightlygrease with shortening a 9 x 13 x 2-inchglass baking dish. Set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder,and salt. Set aside.
Using a wooden spoon, beat butter andsugar in a medium bowl until lightand fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, one ata time, mixing well after each addition. Addflour mixture, and mix until just combined.Add chopped nuts and chocolate, and mix to combine.
Place the dough in the prepared bakingdish, spread dough evenly.
Bake until golden brown and a wooden pickcomes out clean, about 30 minutes.
Remove to rack to cool slightly beforecutting, about 20 minutes.
Cut into 18 (2 1/4 x 3-inch) bars.Store in an airtight container.
Makes 18 bars.
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