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!
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2¾ cup all purpose flour
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ 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!!