Chocolate Chip M&M Bars

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Do you ever have days where you 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:

Chocolate Chip M&M Bars

Easy enough for older kids to make on their own!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 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 1/2 cups M&M’s I used milk chocolate but other flavors would be delicious too


  • In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add the melted butter and mix until crumbly. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of mixture for the topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  • 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.
  • 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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