Magic Easter Layer Bars

24 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Magic Easter Layer Bars are the perfect holiday dessert to brighten up your table. Made with pastel M&M’s, coconut, and chocolate chips!

Magic Easter Layer Bars are an easy way to enjoy some of your favorite dessert ingredients all baked into one easy bar. These festive layered dessert bars have M&M’s, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, condensed milk, and a graham cracker crust in one tasty bite. For more bars like this try Seven Layer Bars and Magic Monster Layer Bars

Sabrina’s Magic Easter Layer Bars Recipe

These M&M Layer Bars are the perfect kid-friendly dessert with pastel colors to serve up for Easter! Once they’ve cooled a little, you can cut them into squares and put them out on a plate for your family to enjoy this delicious treat throughout the day. The spring-colored M&M’s make the classic layer bars extra bright and festive looking.

My Magic Easter Layer Bars are so easy that this makes a great recipe if you have any kids who like helping in the kitchen. They’ll love sprinkling the chocolate chips and the fun-colored M&M’s. Just keep an eye out to make sure the sweet ingredients actually make it into the dessert bars instead of being eaten!

Another great thing about layer bars is that they’re easy to make with what you have on hand. You can easily swap out one of the layers for something you already have in your pantry. That way you don’t have to run out to the store, every time you want to make this fun and easy dessert.

portioned ingredients for Magic Easter Layer Bars in little bowls


  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter: Melted butter provides a rich, buttery flavor and helps bind the graham cracker crumbs for the crust. 
  • 1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs: These crumbs form the base of the bars, adding a sweet and slightly nutty flavor to the crust.
  • 14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk: This thick, sweet milk adds moisture, sweetness, and creaminess to the bars. It also helps hold all the ingredients together.
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: These provide the tasty chocolaty layer, adding richness and sweetness. You can use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips for a different flavor or white chocolate chips for a sweeter taste.
  • 1 cup Butterscotch Chips: Butterscotch chips bring a warm sweet butterscotch flavor to the bars. You can replace them with peanut butter chips or caramel chips for variation.
  • 1 cup Easter Pastel M&M Candies: These colorful candies add a festive touch and a crunchy texture to the bars. You can use regular M&M’s or other candy-coated chocolates if you prefer.
  • 1 ⅓ cups Coconut Flakes: Flaked coconut adds a chewy texture and a mild coconut flavor to the bars. You can use unsweetened shredded coconut to cut down on the sugar.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Baking Pan (13×9-inch): A larger baking pan makes sure the bars aren’t too thick and they bake evenly. Make sure to coat it with baking spray or line the dish with parchment paper for easy removal and cleaning.
  • Mixing Bowl: You’ll need a medium bowl to combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter for the crust. 
  • Fork: A fork is used to press down firmly on the layers of chocolate chips, M&M candies, and coconut. 

How to Make

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  1. Prep for Baking

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13×9-inch baking pan with baking spray or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

  2. Make the Crust

    In a mixing bowl or food processor, combine 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs with ½ cup melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated.mixing graham cracker and egg in bowl

  3. Form the Crust

    Press the graham cracker mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan to create the crust.graham cracker crust in bowl

  4. Add Condensed Milk

    Evenly pour 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker crust.pouring sweetened condensed milk on graham cracker crust

  5. Layer the Ingredients

    Layer 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, 1 cup butterscotch chips, 1 cup Easter Pastel M&M candies, and 1 ⅓ cups flaked coconut evenly on top of the condensed milk layer.layers for Magic Easter Layer Bars uncooked

  6. Press Firmly

    Using a fork, press down firmly on the layers to compact them.

  7. Bake the Bars

    Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.freshly baked Magic Easter Layer Bars in cooking sheet

  8. Cool and Serve

    Allow the bars to cool completely, preferably by refrigerating until cold. Once cooled, cut them into squares and serve at room temperature.stack of 5 Magic Easter Layer Bars

Can This Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes, Magic Easter Layer Bars can be made ahead of time. Prepare them, let them cool, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be stored for up to 3 days for the freshest taste.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Magic Easter Layer Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 193IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips and Tricks

  • Perfectly Layered Goodness: When layering your ingredients, start with chocolate chips and butterscotch chips on the sweetened condensed milk layer. This helps create a delicious chocolate barrier, preventing the coconut from absorbing too much moisture and staying chewy.
  • Chill Before Cutting: For clean and neat cuts, refrigerate the bars after baking until they are cold. This makes slicing into those colorful layers a breeze and keeps them looking picture-perfect.
  • Double Batch for Parties: Magic Easter Layer Bars are a crowd-pleaser. Consider making a double batch for larger gatherings; they disappear quickly!
  • Easy Cleanup: To simplify cleanup, use parchment paper to line your baking pan before pressing in the crust. This also makes it easier to lift the bars out once they’ve cooled.
  • Share Your Tips: Have your own tips and tricks for this recipe? Share them in the comments below and inspire fellow bakers!

How to Store


To keep Magic Easter Layer Bars fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Separate layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking and preserve their flavors.


To freeze, wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Cut them into squares and separate them with parchment paper so they don’t stick together in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving, or enjoy them straight from the freezer for a chilled treat.

Frequent Questions

Why do I have to keep them refrigerated?

To keep your Easter Bars fresh and make sure the ingredients don’t melt together, be sure to keep them in the fridge. Left out too long they’ll get more messy and sticky, so they’re best served cool. 

Can I substitute graham cracker crumbs with something else?

Yes, you can substitute graham cracker crumbs with other crispy cookies like Oreos or vanilla wafer cookies for a similar crust texture and flavor.

What can I use instead of butterscotch chips?

If you don’t have butterscotch chips, you can substitute them with peanut butter chips or caramel chips for a different flavor.

Can I use different types of M&M candies?

Yes, you can use regular M&M’s or other candy-coated chocolates if you don’t have Easter Pastel M&M candies. The choice is flexible.

Recipe Card

Magic Easter Layer Bars

Magic Easter Layer Bars are the perfect holiday dessert to brighten up your table. Made with pastel M&M's, coconut, and chocolate chips!
Yield 24 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup Easter Pastel M&M candies
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat 13×9-inch baking pan with baking spray.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.
  • Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
  • Layer evenly with chocolate chips, m&ms and coconut.
  • Press down firmly with a fork.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool completely (preferably refrigerate until cold) before cutting and serve at room temperature.


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Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Variations on Easter Layer Bars

  • Chocolate Chips: There are plenty of other kinds of chocolate chips you can add to this recipe. Try dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips. You can use these chips as replacements for what’s in the recipe, or just add them as an extra layer.
  • M&M’s: Depending on what kind of M&M’s you use you can make these Layer Bars for any time of year. Try regular or peanut M&M’s to have these bars year-round. You can also use red and green M&M’s for Christmas or try some Reese’s Pieces for a Halloween treat.
  • Crust: Instead of using graham crackers for the crust, try out other crumbs. Some delicious options would be vanilla wafers, nutter butter cookies, or Biscoff cookies.
  • Oat Layer: To add some fiber and make a chewy texture put a layer of oats in the bars. ¾ of a cup of quick or old-fashioned oats should do nicely.
  • More Layers: For more delicious layers try adding pretzel pieces, peanut butter cups, peanuts, almonds, or Rice Krispies. The great thing about layer bars is you can really get as creative as you want!

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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