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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.Bongo Bars stacked on one another with a scoop of ice cream on topl. They 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. 🙂
First photo is Bongo Bars stacked on one anther and the second photo is the same but with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Process of making Bongo Bar mix. Thanks for the family recipe Jeremy!A man eating a scoop of ice cream.

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Bongo Bars

By: Alyssa Rivers
A delicious chocolate chip blondie that is simple to make!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt the butter and mix it with the brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the flour and baking powder. The mix will be crumbly at this point. Be careful not to overmix these!
  • Add eggs and vanilla. Lastly the chocolate chips.
  • Spread in a 9x13 pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!


Calories: 505kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 148mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 2gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 477IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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.