Three stacked Congo bars on a plate.

Congo Bars

These Congo Bars are thick, gooey, chewy, toothsome and the best of the best. Loaded with chocolate chips and rich with caramel flavor, these will be your go to recipe for a simple delicious snack. No mixer required.
Course Bars, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Bars, Congo Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Author Natalie


  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ¾ cups dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or bourbon
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • butter or baking spray for coating baking pan


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil. Flip the baking dish over, then mold a piece of foil by pressing it to the underside and sides of the pan. This will shape the foil in the form of the pan. Flip the baking dish back over and place the molded piece of foil inside. Butter or spray with baking spray.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. The butter should be warm (not hot) to melt the sugar slightly. Mix thoroughly until completely combined and smooth. You'll know when it's properly mixed when the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl and lighten in color.
  • Thoroughly beat in the eggs then add vanilla.
  • Add in flour mixture and chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  • Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Better to slightly under bake than over bake. 
  • Let cool before slicing.