Monday, December 5, 2022

Congo Bars with Cherries

Congo Bars are so easy and this time I added cherries! Cissy and I made Congo Bars several years ago, if you'd like to check out the original one here.  We always liked baking together. 

My poinsettia cup was from my daughter several years ago.  It makes me so happy to sip tea from it and think of her. 

A sweet friend sent me this delicious tea all the way from Canada!  Thanks, Margie! The tea is so perfect for a Christmas tea!!  I've tried others and they do not compare to this one.

Yield: Makes an 9 x13" pan
Author: Kitty
Congo Bars with Cherries

Congo Bars with Cherries

Congo Bars are so easy, and this time cherries were added.


  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of maraschino cherries, cut up and patted dry with a paper towel


  1. In a large bowl, mix the ingredients in order.
  2. Spread into a greased 9 x 13" pan.
  3. Bake for 25-35 minutes.
  4. Let cool and then slice into bars.


Another variation is butterscotch chips and dates.

I had made Ina Garten's cranberry sauce recipe, and had extra leftover.  Mary, at Home Is Where The Boat Is had posted about it here, and it is so good!  I had enough to freeze some extra jars.  I remembered this recipe of Cranberry BBQ Chicken that I posted when I first started blogging.  It's so easy and so flavorful!  This time I used chicken tenders instead of breasts.  You may use canned whole cranberry sauce if you don't have homemade, but the color is not as pretty.

My meal was so good with the cranberry bbq chicken, roasted cabbage slices and baked sweet potatoes.  I was happy to have leftovers for another night. 

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. You meal looks so delicious and those congo bars look yummy!

  2. The cookies and chicken look amazing Kitty! Sounds like you're enjoying some very nice holiday meals:@)

  3. Good Morning Kitty, Your Congo Bars look like a yummy sweet treat to enjoy with a cup of tea in your pretty teacup! I love recipes calling for SR flour to save on measuring and sifting. :) Your chicken looks wonderful!! I'm going to have to try it with a jar of cranberry sauce I have in the freezer. I'm so glad you enjoy Ina's recipe, it has made cranberry sauce converts out of cranberry *meh* family members. Thanks for the shout out, Happy Monday. ♥

  4. Had to take a look at the first posting featuring little girl Cissy. ☺️ I must get some cherries!

  5. Oooh, your teacup is so pretty, how perfect for the holiday season and a congo bar to enjoy with your tea! The Cranberry BBQ chicken sounds so good, I must try that! Have a great week Kitty~

  6. It all looks so yummy dear Kitty. Happy December to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. I love your poinsettia cup, Kitty! The tea sounds so much like the Constant Comment that I've loved for years. I mix it with Stash tea's Ginger Chai Fire, a new favorite. It makes for a warm and spicy cuppa. I would love your dinner! The Congo bars sound wonderful to me too.

  8. You set such a pretty setting for your Congo bars and tea. I love the pretty Christmassy teacup and saucer. Yummy meal, the Cranberry BBQ Chicken I know. is delicious. Hope you are enjoying this December month..........

  9. Your poinsettia teacup and tea cozy are so cute!

    It took me a few seconds to recognize the printing on the tea pouch. LOL. So glad that you liked Murchie's Christmas tea. Their online store offers delicious trees at affordable prices (and I think it's even cheaper after you do the CAD to USD currency conversion).

  10. Wowwww! Wonderful teacup! Great gift and yummy recipe. Blessings.

  11. Kitty, the chicken dish and the congo bars sound so good. Thanks for both recipes.

  12. Oh how I would LOVE the cookies and the chicken! Yummy!! So glad you shared. XO

  13. I love everything you had for dinner! I might try this recipe for Congo Bars with the cherries and chocolate chips. YUM! :D Pinning!

  14. I do like your poinsettia tea-cup, perfect for the season :)

    Many thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Enjoy your December days.

    All the best Jan

  15. Merry Christmas, Kitty! I've bookmarked this page ... between the congo bars with cherries (!) and the yummy looking chicken, you've given me some super ideas for the long winter nights ahead.

  16. My mom always made Congo Bars, and I love that yours have cherries. Happy Friday Kitty!

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  18. Kitty, this all looks so delicious! I was especially interested in the roasted cabbage slices. I have never made it this way. I always learn so much from you when I come here. I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season, sweet friend!


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