M&M Cheesecake Bars with Pretzel Crust and Chocolate Frosting

CB Disclosure White Background 600 px wide(1)If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE trying out and testing new recipes for my blog. Last week I shared two new baked goods that got rave reviews from my family. This week I am THRILLED with how my M&M Cheesecake Bars came together…they are so rich and soft and delicious and the pairing with the salty pretzel crust makes them irresistible. And even though it’s the holiday season, it’s not JUST a holiday treat! So today I’m going to walk you through how I made my most favorite dessert creation to date! I took them into work today with me for my coworkers and got several emails saying how amazing they were! They’re SO good you guys!

M&M Cheesecake Bar with Pretzel Crust and Chocolate Icing from The Cards We Drew

{full printable recipe is located at the bottom of this post}

The other evening I headed off to Walmart to pick up my plain M&M’s and all the other ingredients I would need for my recipe. I must say that I have found AMAZING prices at Walmart lately…honestly, like $30-$50 off items we were going to purchase on Amazon or Toys R Us…so definitely price shop at Walmart before you make large purchases this holiday. But I digress…


You will need to start by making your pretzel crust….

Homemade Pretzel Crust for a Cheesecake

First you’ll want to take several handfulls of pretzels, put them in a large bag, and work to crust them into small pieces. If my food processor hadn’t JUST broken, I’d probably have just put them in the food processor. From there you’ll want to add your butter and your brown sugar to the pretzels and press into the bottom of a 9×13 pan, then bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.

ingredients for cheesecake

While that’s baking, start combining your ingredients for the cheesecake.

put cheesecake on top of pretzel crust mixture

Once your crust is done (and you’ll smell the delicious, buttery smell waifing from your oven), add your cheesecake to the top. A little of the crust lifted into my cheesecake, but just spread it gently and quickly because the crust is still warm. Then add back in the oven for another 30-35 minutes to bake.

ingredients for cheesecake topping

When your timer reads about 10 minutes left with baking the cheesecake, get started on your chocolate frosting. The frosting is simple…one can of condensed milk and a bag of milk chocolate morsels.

making chocolate icing for the cheesecake bars

Pour condensed milk and the whole bag of chocolate into a saucepan and cook slowly over low until completely melted. Stir well and frequently until it’s time to take your cheesecake out.

chocolate icing from scratch

The consistency will be soft and creamy…just keep on low heat if you need extra time before your cheesecake is ready.

add frosting over cheesecake with pretzel crust then add m&m's

Once the cheesecake is out and has cooled for a few minutes (I didn’t let it cool all the way) gently pour your chocolate icing over top of the cheesecake evenly covering the whole thing, then use a spoon to spread it out.

M&Ms Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

Top generously with M&M’s and place in the refrigerator to cool. Cut into squares and serve with milk! Small squares would probably be the best way to go because this is a very rich dessert, but OH SO GOOD.

M&M Cheesecake bars w pretzel crust and chocolate icing from The Cards We Drew Blog

M&M Cheesecake Bars with Pretzel Crust and Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 75 minutes

M&M Cheesecake Bars with Pretzel Crust and Chocolate Frosting


  • For the crust:
  • 3 cups crushed pretzels
  • 2 sticks butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 2 eight oz. bars of cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bag of milk chocolate morsels
  • Top with plain M&M's


  1. Crust:
  2. Crush 3 cups of pretzels and mix with butter and brown sugar. Spread pretzel mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes
  3. Cheesecake:
  4. While crust is baking, combine all cheesecake ingredients and mix with blender until creamy. Once crust is done, pour gently over the top of the crust and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Chocolate Frosting:
  6. Once the cheesecake has baked, mix condensed milk and chocolate together in a saucepan on low heat until creamy and then pour over top of the cheesecake. Add M&M's and put into fridge to cool completely before serving.
  7. Cut into small bars and serve with milk! Enjoy!
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M&M Cheesecake Bars with Pretzel Crust

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  1. Candace Parker says

    I had to enter my email address twice because the pin didn’t come up the first time! I love cheese cake and that recipe looks soooooo good! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  2. says

    What a good thing I found this today, before I do my Christmas supermarket shop! I think we might NEED to try these this year! Pinned, printed out- I’m ready to roll, thanks (they look amazing btw!)

  3. Makoman Markey says

    What a coincidence! The Loan Officer I work with brought these in during the holidays. They were so good!!! She must have read your post.


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