Bongo Bars

I am so thankful for AC right now because North Carolina has been 105 the last few days.  And the humidity has been killer!  We had a couple of our friends over and everyone was feeling like a treat.  So I asked one of the guys what his favorite treat was and he said Bongo Bars!  I had never heard of them but he said they are a favorite in his family and I had to make them.  It is like a chocolate chip cookie brownie.bongobars4finalThey are so simple and easy to make.  I loved how they were ready to be put in the oven in 10 minutes.  Right out of the oven they are chewy, gooey, and absolutely amazing!  Of course they are definitely better served with a scoop of icecream. 🙂
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Bongo Bars
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A delicious chocolate chip blondie that is simple to make!
  • ¾ Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2¾ Cups Flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • Bag of chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter and mix it with the brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the flour and baking powder. The mix will be crumbly at this point. Be careful not to overmix these!
  4. Add eggs and vanilla. Lastly the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread in a 9x13 pan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!

PicMonkey Collage2bongoThanks for the family recipe Jeremy!IMG_12703



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  1. This looks like a good and simple recipe! My teenage daughter just made something similar this week with a brownie mis and chocolate chip cookie dough! This look like a recipe, she will want to make! Thanks!

  2. These look delicious! Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for following my blog! Yours looks great as well.

  3. These look absolutely wonderful! My kids would eat these so fast! Thanks! Glad I found you. I’m your newest follower =o)

  4. Sugar Plums & Lollipops says:

    OMIGOSH… I’m craving this right now! I’m a new follower from MBC. I’d love a follow back at

  5. Thanks for dropping by the blog and following! I am following back via BlogLovin!!!!

    Looks like I have tons of recipes to check out here!!!

  6. Your recipes look so yummy especially this one. Cookies & Brownies I love, so this being kinda like a cookie brownie thing lol, perfect!! I’m very much a dessert person. I must try this!! Following your blog now because you make me hungry, n i love to eat lol.

  7. What size pan is this? Thank you!

  8. Yummy! Sounds like a quick, easy and delicious recipe for a hot day.

  9. these look CRAZY good! MUST have ice cream:)

  10. Those look amazing! The funny thing…I make a very similar recipe and it is called Congo Bars 🙂

    • You know whats funny? When he told me they were Bongo Bars I asked him if he meant Congo bars! I guess his family calls them Bongo Bars! 🙂

  11. Good grief Alyssa! These look incredible!

  12. Do you use self-rising flour?

  13. Michelle says:

    I have made an almost identical recipe called “Congo Bars” that uses butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate.

    • I have seen ‘congo’ bars everywhere. But I guess his family calls them Bongo Bars! 🙂 Those sound delicious with butterscotch chips!

  14. michelle says:

    I made this and it did not get like brownies, it was firm like cake. Any ideas why? I followed the recipe.

    • The only thing that I can think is that they were overcooked or overmixed?? Sorry they didn’t turn out! I hate when that happens. They were amazing!

      • michelle says:

        Thank you for your reply!! What does over mixing do?

        • Over mixing can cause it to be more smooth, cake-like kind of how you described. It should be hand mixed until it is just combined. If you live in Utah I would love to make you a batch. 😀

  15. michelle says:

    And how much should i mix it?

  16. I made these last night for my kids and they were awesome!! Only half of a pan left!!

  17. I never heard of these but they look and sound amazing! Totally “pinned”!

  18. I also grew up knowing these as congo bars ( which oddly enough I made yesterday for co workers today ). But I have to say I love your name you gave them cuz frankly people do go bongos over them. At least my co workers do when I say I’m bringing them in.

  19. Hey Thank you so much for the delicious recipe.. It looks just wow!!!!
    Can’t wait to make that and indulge!!!
    I’ve a qns.. can you tell me approx how many cups of chocolate chip would I need for this Brownie recipe? Thanks a lott.. waiting for your response 🙂

  20. Wendy Hampton says:

    I’m going to call the butterscotch ones by the Congo name and the chocolate ones by the Bongo name. That way I can keep straight which recipe my family is asking for? Brilliant, yeah??! Absolutely addictive recipe.

  21. These look amazing! I want to make these but firat do you have to change anything for high altitude?

  22. Deon Sellers says:

    I was looking up a recipe for bongo bars. It is a favorite of my cousins. Only to see a picture of my cousin, Jeremy, on the recipe post. Crazy small Mormon world we live in for sure!


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