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You Asked For It: Congo Squares

I am looking for a recipe from the late 1960s or early 1970s for Congo Squares. It was on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip package. — Judy Steele, Zephyrhills

The recipe from the Nestle chocolate chip bag has been in the family of Judy Morrow of Spring Hill for many years. It's an easy recipe to make and the sweet treats keep well. A few other variations came in, some with all brown sugar and some with no dates. Some called for butter instead of shortening. This version produces a crunchy exterior. They pack well for lunches, too.

Recipe request

Phyllis Gordon of New Port Richey has lost her recipe for strawberry pie. The washed and hulled berries were put in a bowl with sugar, a pinch of salt and minute tapioca. A pie plate was lined with foil and the berries were placed in it, covered with the foil and placed in the freezer. When frozen, the foil was removed from the plate and a pie crust was put in the pie plate. The berries went into the crust and were covered with a top crust. Phyllis is unable to recall the baking temperature and ingredient amount. If you know this recipe, please send it for Phyllis.

Christina Bierce of Tampa also is searching for a lost recipe. It is for a candied fruit quick bread. She remembers the recipe possibly had cottage cheese in it. It was a cross between a stollen and fruitcake.

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Congo Squares

2 ¾ cups flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2/3 cup shortening, melted

1 ½ cups sugar

1 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped dates

1 (12 ounces) package chocolate chips

Powdered sugar for dusting

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl and set aside. Melt shortening. Cool slightly. Beat in sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture. Stir in walnuts, dates and chocolate chips. Press into greased 9- by 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan. When thoroughly cool, dust with powdered sugar. Cut into 2-inch squares. Store in well-sealed container.

Source: Judy Morrow, Spring Hill

You Asked For It: Congo Squares 01/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 3:30am]

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