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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1999
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  • sonyachloe
    12 MAY, 2011
    "Congo" is offensive and demeaning. Find another name for it please.
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    • feusha_moon
      11 OCT, 2018
      Um you do know why they are called "Congo bars" right? Chocolate became widely available in the 1950s when the US started importing cocoa beans from the Congo. The bars were named after the source of the chocolate. There are no racial associations connected to this bar aside from the one you are making. Unless of course you are affronted by the very idea of chocolate. What's next? Is German Potato salad going to be banned as well?
  • feusha_moon
    11 OCT, 2018
    This is the notorious recipe that almost ruined my Christmas baking in 1999. I thought that since I had great ingredients and pretty clear instructions it couldn't possibly fail. I was 19 at the time, and I had been cooking for my family since the age of 11. The bars never set. The caramel fused and turned glass like. The only way I was able to salvage just over $30 of ingredients was to take a mallet to break up this monstrosity and use it as a topping for ice cream. I found there was no way to fix this recipe, and I didn't want to try again because it was so expensive to begin with. That's when came to the realization: Martha Stewart isn't trustworthy with my hard-earned dollars. There were thousands of good cooks and millions of recipes that worked, why can't hers?
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  • crisford1
    13 DEC, 2017
    The bars didn't hold up at all, and were overly sweet, so I wouldn't add any more caramel.
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  • SamZYX
    14 DEC, 2011
    sonyachloe - Get a life. Do you also want to take Christ out of Christmas?
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  • 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!!!
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Madyson
    20 DEC, 2010
    15 dozen???
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