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Congo Bars in a stack on parchment paper over a wooden board with a glass of milk in the background.

Congo Bars

Congo Bars are like a chocolate chip cookie bar, but thicker, chewier and even more jam-packed with semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 c salted butter softened
  • 1 ¼ c brown sugar
  • ½ c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ c semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 c milk chocolate chips + additional chips for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, brown sugar and sugar; mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well-combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl halfway through.
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until incorporated.
  • Add 1 cup of the semi-sweet chocolate chips (save the rest for the top) and the milk chocolate chips and stir.
  • Spread the cookie dough into the prepared 9x13" pan and smooth out the top.
  • Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden-brown.
  • Let cool, then cut into squares and enjoy!


Add some coconut and pecans for some added texture and flavor!  Simply remove ½ cup of each type of chocolate chips in the batter and replace with ½ cup sweetened coconut and ½ cup chopped pecans.
Don't overbake!  One of the things I love most about this recipe is the chewy, dense interior of these bars.  Overbaking them will make them more crunchy and less chewy.
Cut like a pro!  To cut these cookie bars with clean edges, here's how to do it:  Let the pan of bars cool completely (refrigerate to speed up this process).  Use a knife to cut the bars down the center (so you're only working with half of the pan at a time).  Remove an entire half from the pan onto a cutting board and cut with a chef's knife; repeat with the other half.
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