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Congo Bars

Cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, or pecans are all fine substitutes for the macadamia nuts.

  • Yield: Makes about 15 dozen
Congo Bars

Source: Holiday Cookies 2001, Special Issue 2001


  • 6 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 one-pound box graham crackers
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • Caramel for Cookies


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread macadamia nuts on a baking sheet, and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Set baking sheet on a wire rack to cool.

  2. Line an 11-by-18-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Using a food processor or rolling pin, finely crush graham crackers. Place in a medium bowl. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of prepared baking pan in an even layer. Sprinkle the chocolate over the graham crackers. Sprinkle the coconut over the chocolate. Sprinkle the reserved nuts over the coconut.

  3. Using a microwave or double boiler, heat the caramel until liquid. Drizzle caramel over macadamia nuts. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into 3/4-by-1 1/4-inch pieces.

Reviews (9)

  • SamZYX 14 Dec, 2011

    sonyachloe - Get a life. Do you also want to take Christ out of Christmas?

  • rklinedc 26 May, 2011

    I made the recipe EXACTLY as written - - delicious - - also used a sensible amount of caramel (the recipe does state "drizzle").
    Also, "congo" - "offensive"?!? - SERIOUSLY!?!? Come on!!!

  • Sherylann55 17 May, 2011

    I haven't tried these cookies but can you use melted caramel candies to drizzle over the top? Sounds good to me.

  • sonyachloe 12 May, 2011

    "Congo" is offensive and demeaning. Find another name for it please.

  • dorrity 12 May, 2011

    As an aside, these aren't the traditional Congo Bars (which are a version of a Blondie bar) but rather use graham crackers for the base. To make them really extraordinary, try making your own graham crackers to use in this recipe. It really makes all the difference.

  • dorrity 12 May, 2011

    I don't believe sweetened condensed milk is used in this recipe. The bar is held together by a combination of melted butter, melted chocolate chips, and melted caramel.

  • rz908 23 Dec, 2010

    very disappointed! spent a lot of time and money on ingredients to get inedible cookies. The amount of the caramel for the cookies must be wrong. I followed the directions exactly and even when I was pouring the caramel over the tray of cookies I thought "wow that's a lot of caramel". I ended up with a hard crunchy mess, now a day later you can't even bite through the bars they are so hard. Please review your cookie instructions and make sure they are correct.

  • Madyson 20 Dec, 2010

    15 dozen???

  • doncarver 26 Mar, 2008

    The Congo Bars are milssing an ingredient. Add one cup of sweetened condensed milk at the end.


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