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Chocolate Chip M&M Bars

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Do you ever have days where you just want something chocolate? That was the case recently in my house so I pulled out this favorite recipe for Chocolate Chip M&M Bars.

One Chocolate Chip M&M Bar on a blue plate.

I love entertaining family and friends for backyard parties. The sunshine, warmer temperatures, and summer breezes energize partygoers. 

But planning a cookout, plus shopping and making all the food, can be expensive and exhausting. That’s why I love to make them potluck parties. 

Chocolate Chip M&M Bars on a white plate

These chocolate chip M&M bars are not only easy to make, but they also travel well if you are going to a park or a friend’s house for a party.

In fact, they are so easy, this is a recipe older kids can make with little supervision. What a great help they would be for the party planning. Put the kids on dessert duty.

Chocolate Chip M&M Bars in pan before baking.

This recipe is full of chocolate flavor, gets a chewy texture from the oats and a bit of crunch from the M&M’s. It’s easily made with pantry staples that you most likely have on hand. If you don’t have regular size M&M’s on hand, the mini version will do just as well.

More desserts perfect for a backyard #BBQ:

M&M Chocolate Oat Bars will satisfy those mid-day hunger pangs.

Chocolate Chip M&M Bars

Yield: About 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy enough for older kids to make on their own!


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 ½ cups M&M's, I used milk chocolate but other flavors would be delicious too


    1. In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add the melted butter and mix until crumbly. Set aside 1 ½ cups of mixture for the topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
    2. In a small saucepan combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and shortening. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is melted together and smooth.
    3. Evenly spread the chocolate mixture over the crust and sprinkle with the reserved crumb topping. Evenly distribute M&M's over the top, gently pressing the candies into the crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes or until edges are golden and center is set.

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Friday #BBQWeek Recipes

Christie Campbell

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

What is it about M&Ms that puts a smile on my face? They're so fun and so delicious. These bars are calling my name.

The Freshman Cook

Saturday 16th of May 2020

I wish I had one of these right now! They look fantastic!


Friday 15th of May 2020

I love M&M bars! Such a fun and easy treat.

Lisa Kerhin

Friday 15th of May 2020

Yummy dessert to have at any backyard BBQ

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