Butter Pecan M&M’s Magic Bars

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Magic bars with M&M’s and toasted pecans in a gooey layer atop a buttery graham cracker crust – this is the best magic bars recipe you’ll ever taste! Come on in, the water’s fine! Today is the #SundaySupper Pool Party! Everyone will be jumping out of the pool to grab one of these Butter Pecan M&M’s Magic Bars.

Butter Pecan M&M’s Magic Bars

Butter Pecan M&M's Magic Bars - you only need five ingredients to add a sweet and salty combination to this classic dessert bar recipe. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

When I was little, one of my mom’s good friends had a big picnic in her yard every summer. I know we are talking abut pool parties today, but honestly, I’m not even sure she had a pool. But for some reason, this annal picnic is memory than stands out in my head of summertime gatherings. My parents were divorced by this time, and another of my mom’s friends who also went had a husband who was in the Coast Guard and was often away on duty. She had a daughter who was a bit younger the me, but we always enjoyed playing together, so we would go to this party together.

I don’t have vivid memories of these parties, but I do remember lots of dancing and singing and lots of adults being entertained by to (adorable, if I do say so myself) little girls. Apparently we were so entertaining that we earned the name “The Flora Dora Girls” or something like that. I have no idea what this meant, but that is how our “act” was introduced, whatever the heck our “act” was. I suppose none of that matter, since we always had fun.

The other thing I remember was my mom bringing a couple of plates of Magic Bars, although she always called them Morsel Squares. Other people call them Seven Layer Bars, but hers never had seven layers? Why? Because I was a picky kid and she was (and is) and awesome mom? Pecans or walnuts or any other kind of nut in them? No way, because I would gag if I detected any little remnant of nuts. Coconut? Never, because I hated coconut. Now my mom loved both of those things, and yet she always made her Morsel Squares with just graham cracker crust, chocolate chips (aka morsels), and lots of sweetened condensed milk. If she really wanted the coconut for herself, she would put it on half of the pan, but she always made sure that there were enough that were completely free of any coconut contamination.

So after all of those years of making Morsel Squares to satisfy my tastes, I made these especially for her…

magic bars recipe made with M&Ms and toasted pecans

This Butter Pecan M&M’s Magic Bars recipe is inspired by her favorites – her favorite ice cream is butter pecan and her favorite candy is M&M’s.

What are the layers of this magic bars recipe?

Of course this magic bars recipe has a classic graham cracker crust, but also:

  • gooey layer of sweetened condensed milk
  • chunks of toasted pecans
  • chocolaty mini M&Ms

It a perfect sweet and salty, buttery rich combo that everyone will be ready to devour. I’m telling you, if you need an easy dessert to feed a crowd but are tired of the same old, same old, you have to make these! Even better, only five main ingredients! How awesome is that!

Butter Pecan M&M's Magic Bars - you only need five ingredients to add a sweet and salty combination to this classic dessert bar recipe. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

So go whip up a batch of this magic bars recipe, and then check all of the other #SundaySupper recipes to bring to your next pool party at the bottom of this post!

Butter Pecan M&M's Magic Bars - you only need five ingredients to add a sweet and salty combination to this classic dessert bar recipe. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

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Butter Pecan M&M's Magic Bars Recipe

Magic bars with M&M's and toasted pecans in a gooey layer atop a buttery graham cracker crust - this is the best magic bars recipe you'll ever taste!
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp butter, divided (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups M&Ms I used the minis

Instructions

  • Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in pan, add pecans and salt. Toast for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Preheat your oven 350°F. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil, letting it hang over the edges, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter and combine in a bowl with the graham cracker crumbs. Toss together with a fork until fully moistened and transfer to the prepared pan. Press down firmly, using the bottom of a glass or measuring cup to make sure it is packed down well.
  • Pour about two-thirds of the sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
  • Sprinkle the pecans and M&M's evenly over the sweetened condensed milk layer, then drizzle with the remaining sweetened condensed milk.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool completely, then remove the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil, and cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
Butter Pecan M&M's Magic Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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And here are all of the other delicious dishes on today’s #SundaySupper pool party menu…

Refreshing Beverages and Cocktails:

Appealing Appetizers and Snacks:

Super Sides and Salads:

Tempting Desserts and Sweets:

Butter Pecan M&M's Magic Bars - you only need five ingredients to add a sweet and salty combination to this classic dessert bar recipe. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

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  1. Even though I adore the traditional coconut laden magic cookie bars, yours look just as tempting PLUS the family would actually eat them!!

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