Grandma's Congo Squares Recipe Is the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar by Gale Gand

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3 months ago

Grandma's Congo Squares Recipe Is the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar

I was looking through my Grandma Elsie’s recipe card file and found the perfect thing to make for Ella’s school bake sale to benefit Ukraine: Congo Squares. I forgot how good they were! My brother and I used to sneak them out of her chest freezer in her basement so I even like them frozen. Try this easy Congo Squares recipe that is Grandma Elsie Grossman approved!

Here is your shopping list for these old-fashioned Congo Squares: butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, all-purpose flour, semisweet chocolate chips, walnuts or pecans and shredded coconut. Sounds heavenly, right?

Serve these sweet bars for dessert or as a delicious snack during the day.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Servings: Makes 35 squares


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Recipe Notes

  • Store the bars in an airtight container.
  • You could use dark or milk chocolate chips.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter. 
  3. Add the brown sugar and cream well. 
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix in completely. Mix in the vanilla. 
  5. In a bowl combine the salt, baking powder and flour. Add to the mixing bowl and combine on low speed. 
  6. Spread the batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool, then cut into 2-inch squares (5 rows by 7 rows).

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 166

Total Fat: 7.7g

Saturated Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 23mg

Sodium: 99mg

Total Carbohydrate: 23.3g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Total Sugars: 14g

Protein: 1.7g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 28mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 73mg

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Elisa Schmitz
I absolutely love this, Gale Gand . Our grandmothers' recipes are treasures. Thank you for sharing this special one with us! #yum
Donna John
Love it! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. Gale Gand
Donna John
I have everything to make these, so I see some baking in my future this weekend. Love recipes from grandma! I'm going through my grandma's recipe box, too, and sharing her recipes here as well. Gale Gand

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