M&M Magic Bars – A treat for Santa

Published 11:22 pm Thursday, December 14, 2023

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Santa Claus is coming to town, and will be looking for delicious cookies to snack on. As a child I remember the type of cookie I chose for Santa was very important to me, as I wanted to impress him with my creative and yummy choice! I always thought it was interesting how invested my father seemed to be in what I left out for Santa, and he always suggested boring cookie flavors in my opinion, so I followed my instinct. If you’re looking for a family Christmas Eve activity with the kids, try this easy and creative M&M Magic Bar recipe that will wow Santa, I just know it!


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, melted, plus more for buttering the dish
  • 14 chocolate graham crackers 
  • One 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • One 10-ounce bag of mint chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of cocktail peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup of red and green M&M’s
  • 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped candy canes
  • 1/4 cup of ed and green sprinkles


  • Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on both sides. Butter the foil.
  • Pulse the graham crackers into fine crumbs in a food processor. Add the melted butter and pulse to combine (the mixture should hold together when squeezed). 
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and press it into the bottom in an even layer, using the bottom of a measuring cup to help. 
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crumbs. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, peanuts, marshmallows, M&M’s, candy canes and sprinkles over the condensed milk.  
  • Bake until the sides are golden brown and begin to pull away from the baking dish, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Using the foil liner as handles, lift the bars out of the baking dish; remove the foil. Cut into 24 bars.

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