I was really happy to meet Shaina Olmanson of Food for My Family. She is a kind, sweet, funny lady who takes stunning photographs, and creates mouthwatering recipes. Plus, she’s a wife and mother (to four beautiful children). I don’t know how she does it all, and makes it look so effortless, but she’s also added “author” to her list of titles.
Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine is a truly fun, beautiful book that I spent days perusing before I could settle on what to make. Every recipe sounds delicious, and each one is accompanied by gorgeous photos that inspire you to run out and buy hundreds of beautiful little jars and fun spoons.
I decided I wanted to make a little something different from Shaina’s book. The last section of the book is made up of several great mixes that are great for giving, and I thought it would be fun to give one of those a try. And, of course, when I saw the Campfire Bars, it was settled. S’mores. That’s one of the most beautiful words in the English language.
The recipe is super simple when making the mix as a gift, but it’s also incredibly easy to mix up and bake, so I couldn’t wait to get started.
You can seal the jar however you like, but I decided to layer a couple of cute cupcake liners over the top, then add the lid ring on top. I love the cute, simple ruffle that this technique produces. It’s so cute, you don’t really need to do anything else, but I ended up adding some pretty ribbon, and of course, you’ll need a tag telling the recipient how to prepare the bars.
Okay, so, honestly, I had to work really hard at this point not to just eat this right out of the bowl, like trail mix. I mean, it’s all the ingredients of a s’more, plus sugar, and crunchy granola and almonds…what’s not to love?
Fortunately, these are pretty much the easiest things ever to make, and all I had to do was add some melted butter, press them into a pan, and bake, so I got them mixed and in the oven to keep my fingers out of them.
I never doubted that these would be good (see aforementioned description of the ingredients…duh), but I’m not kidding when I say they’re, like, eat-four-before-you-even-share-them-with-your-family-good.
Not that I did that. Or anything.
Stop looking at me like that.
These are a perfect combination of ooey-gooey goodness, and sweet, crisp crunchiness. I loved the buttery-ness, and the amount of each ingredient was just right to give you a sugary-buttery, chocolaty-crunchy, marshmallow-y bite every time. Le sigh.
Want to know the best part about these? Since I made them in the jar, and as the bars, then used the jarred mix for photos, I get to make them again!! Woo to the hoo!!
Seriously, if you need a great tasting, easy for anyone, make your friend love you forever gift, give them this mix. They’ll owe you big time.
Or if you just want an irresistible treat that you may or may not plan to share with others (I won’t judge you if you don’t), these are perfect. You can mix them up in five minutes, and they’re ready to
gobble up serve in about 45 minutes (after baking and cooling).
Makes 9 to 18 bars, depending on how big you cut them
FOR THE MIX
1 cup (3 full sheets) graham crackers pieces, each about 1-inch square
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup granola
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sliced or chopped almonds
To make the mix: In a 1-quart jar, layer the graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate chips, granola, brown sugar, and almonds, pressing down gently, as needed, to fit al of the ingredients. Seal with a lid, decorate, if desired, and add a label with the following instructions:
TO MAKE THE BARS
6 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (C). Very lightly coat the sides of an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl, mixing them up a bit. Add the melted butter, and stir until everything is evenly coated and distributed. Press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.
**Who wants their very own copy of Shaina’s beautiful new book?!**
It’s easy! Just answer the following question in the comment section below, and you’re automatically enteres to win:
“What dessert would you totally stick in a jar?” …there is no wrong answer. Personally, I’d put some form of brownie in a jar, seeing as how brownies are the best treat ever. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
Contest ends Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at 9pm PST.
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