I came across these on Bakerella's blog recently and knew I had to make it. If you've not read bakerella's blog, I highly recommend it. She makes the best baked goods around including really cute cake pops.
So what is a congo bar? I've never even heard of it until now. It's apparently a cross between a brownie and a cookie. Heaven. Sometimes you just can't decide especially for a self confessed cookie-holic and brownie-holic like me. Beats cake anyday in my book :)
I took Bakerella's advice and made these by hand. They turned out beautifully and I'm pretty sure I could have eaten the whole tray! It's like a really decadent chocolate chip cookie with the texture of a brownie. I made these late at night (again!) and didn't have all the ingredients to hand. So I improvised and think it's probably better this way! I didn't have enough chocolate chips so I added some M&M's and chopped chocolate. I have to say I was shocked when I saw how much sugar was required - 1lb (454g) so I reduced this and it still tasted a little sweet to me.
Give this a go and I guarantee you'll love it :)
I love the brightly coloured M&M'sYummy batter Fresh from the oven. I added some chocolate shavings on top for fun. Might even try sprinkling some 100s&1000s next time.
Recipe adapted from Bakerella
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
325g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
100g milk chocolate chips
~50g chopped chocolate (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
- Stir brown sugar into softened (not melted) butter in another large bowl until butter disappears.
- Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture and stir well after each egg.
- Add vanilla, chocolate chips, M&Ms and chopped chocolate if using. Mix well.
- Add dry flour mixture and stir until well combined.
- Pour into baking pan (I used a square one as pictures) and bake for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown.