Bongo Bars

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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.

Bongo Bars

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


  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 3/4 Cups Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 bag chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 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!


Serves: 12

Calories505kcal (25%)Carbohydrates78g (26%)Protein6g (12%)Fat19g (29%)Saturated Fat12g (60%)Cholesterol76mg (25%)Sodium148mg (6%)Potassium203mg (6%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar53g (59%)Vitamin A477IU (10%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium122mg (12%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bar recipes, bongo bars
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

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

    1. 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!

      1. 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. 😀

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

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

    1. 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! 🙂

  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. 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!!!

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

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

  10. 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!

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