This was given to me by my mother-in-law; it has been a favorite of my husbands since he was a youngster :-)

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Ingredients

35
Original recipe yields 35 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

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  • Melt shortening, stir in brown sugar. Let cool.

  • Beat in the eggs.

  • Add dry ingredients.

  • Add chocolate chips, nuts and vanilla.

  • Pour in 10 x 15-inch pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

188.7 calories; 2.2 g protein; 26 g carbohydrates; 15.9 mg cholesterol; 72.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (82)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
Really delicious. I used real unsalted butter. I also used a 10 ounce package of Nestle's chocolate and carmel swirls and substituted pecans for the walnuts. I also made a pan with the same swirls and substituted coconut for the nuts for my allergic husband. They are really good. Just a couple of suggestions; You need to line your pan with foil that overlaps the edges, so that you can just lift it out once it has cooled. Also grease your foil. The cooktime is way off. 18-20 minutes max on these bars and they are chewy and rich. I just love them. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2006
I really wanted to like this recipe I was hoping to add it to my catering menu. It was easy to make and only took a few minutes but I didn't care for the final product. When I read that they were chewy I was expecting the texture of a fresh baked Toll House cookie but that isn't the case. These are chewy the way caramel is chewy. The taste wasn't bad just not what I was hoping for. To sum it up my expert cookie tasters (my kids) didn't even ask for seconds. Read More
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96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 63
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
Really delicious. I used real unsalted butter. I also used a 10 ounce package of Nestle's chocolate and carmel swirls and substituted pecans for the walnuts. I also made a pan with the same swirls and substituted coconut for the nuts for my allergic husband. They are really good. Just a couple of suggestions; You need to line your pan with foil that overlaps the edges, so that you can just lift it out once it has cooled. Also grease your foil. The cooktime is way off. 18-20 minutes max on these bars and they are chewy and rich. I just love them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
Really delicious. I used real unsalted butter. I also used a 10 ounce package of Nestle's chocolate and carmel swirls and substituted pecans for the walnuts. I also made a pan with the same swirls and substituted coconut for the nuts for my allergic husband. They are really good. Just a couple of suggestions; You need to line your pan with foil that overlaps the edges, so that you can just lift it out once it has cooled. Also grease your foil. The cooktime is way off. 18-20 minutes max on these bars and they are chewy and rich. I just love them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2004
I've made this recipe twice. Both times I used butter instead of shortening. I prefer the richness of the flavor of butter. Next time though, I'm going to cut back on the quantity of chocolate chips. The two cups, kind of dominate the nice flavor of the butter and brown sugar. These are a huge family favorite on the 4th of July. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2006
I really wanted to like this recipe I was hoping to add it to my catering menu. It was easy to make and only took a few minutes but I didn't care for the final product. When I read that they were chewy I was expecting the texture of a fresh baked Toll House cookie but that isn't the case. These are chewy the way caramel is chewy. The taste wasn't bad just not what I was hoping for. To sum it up my expert cookie tasters (my kids) didn't even ask for seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2007
These are delicious! I made my own version by exchanging the walnuts for half a cup chopped almonds and half a cup shredded coconut. I also used chopped dark chocolate instead of the chocolate chips. They are admittedly very sinful chock full of fat and sugar...but I served them instead of dessert on Thanksgiving and everyone begged for some to take home. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2006
I used all butter release foil and baked for almost 25 minutes in a 325 degree oven perfect. I used a mix of chocolate chips and mini m&m baking pieces but a bit more than a cup will be sufficient next time. I omitted the nuts for a change of pace. I actually made two batches of these one to take to a friend who had surgery. They turned out well nice layer of crisp very thin on top and then nice and soft and chewy and filled with chocolate what could be better? The kids love them too. I gave them 4 stars and will use this recipe instead of my old stand-by for congo bars Thanx Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2006
Very easy and quick to make. I heat the shortening and brown sugar in a big pot and use the same pot to do all the mixing for the recipe - saves on dirty dishes!Great for a quick recipe to take to a friends house or work! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2007
I found these bars way too sweet and too mushy. Next time I would 1/2 the chocolate and add more flour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2009
I was in the mood for cookies but didn't have enough time or energy to make them. This recipe was perfect! So easy and the bars are great. I used a 9x13 pan and I highly recommend underbaking just slightly so they stay soft and chewy. I didn't have nuts and didn't miss them. I used a combo of chocolate chips butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips because I was trying to use up leftover bags. I will definitely make again!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2006
These congo bars are yummy! They're a nice change from the cakey-type. These come out chewy in the middle and crispy on the outside. My husband loves them! One tip- if you don't keep them air-tight they will get very tough to chew...but still good! Read More
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