S’mores Week: Campfire Bars and Desserts in Jars Giveaway!

When I went to BlogHer Food in Seattle last month, I had the pleasure of meeting so many new people. One of those people is the creator behind this beautiful little jar of tasty goodness.

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.

To make the mx, you simply layer graham cracker pieces, mini marshmallows, milk chocolate chips, granola, light brown sugar, and sliced almonds in a one-quart jar. That’s it. I told you it was easy.

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.

I didn’t see the point in just making the mix when there was an opportnity to eat s’more bars, so I went ahead and made a batch. You know, to test them out. For you. You’re welcome.

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.

What?

Stop looking at me like that.

OKAY.

I did.

Whatever.

It was worth it.

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).

Campfire Bars
Makes 9 to 18 bars, depending on how big you cut them

Ingredients

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.

recipe adapted from Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine by Shaina Olmanson

 

**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.

Want an extra chance to win? Just follow @Bakingdom on twitter and tweet, “I want to win a copy of @foodformyfamily ‘s fun, amazing new book, Desserts in Jars,  from @bakingdom! http://t.co/rKycABNS” Once you’ve tweeted, return here and leave a comment saying you shared the tweet. Be sure to leave this as a separate comment; each comment is an entry.

Two winners will be chosen randomly at www.random.org and announced Monday, July 16th, 2012.

I will contact the winner, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section.

This giveaway is open to international readers.

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Good luck with the giveaway!

♥,
Darla

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  1. says

    S’mores would definitely have been my first choice – actually, first thru about 99, but at position 100, I would put Peanut Butter Cup Brownies in a jar. They would look so cute!

  2. Laura says

    I would totally deconstruct a chocolate chip cookie! Or maybe have a chocolate chip cookie with a deconstructed cookie on top. Or better yet, a chocolate chip cookie and brownie in a jar. Darla, you’ve gotten my creative juices flowing now. I think also cheesecake brownies in a jar would be almost perfect. We’ll put the chocolate chip cookie at the front of the line though. Excuse me while I go jar shopping.

  3. Rosa says

    Brownies in a jar is the best! And you can make different versions of brownies – plain, dark chocolate, caramel, chocolate chips, etc. Mmmmmm!

  4. brandi says

    My first love is cheesecake, but I don’t know how well that would work out. My next choice would be some sort of nut-filled brownie in a jar.

  5. Shanna Hall says

    I’d say anything with blueberries. Like, maybe a blueberry crumble. Although, anything chocolate is great too :)

  6. Alexandra says

    I think you hit the nail on the head with smores in a jar. Looks delish!

    I think in a tiny jar a chocolate tort with a port sauce and whipped cream would be divine.

  7. Beth Ann Andrews says

    mmmmm…

    Key Lime cheesecake! Yum – you could totally adjust the crust to cheesecake ratio in a jar!!

  8. Debbie says

    That looks totally yummy! I’m thinking that key lime pie needs to happen in a jar. In my house.

    P.S. I love Shaina and this book is on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  9. says

    Darla, jarred treats are just so stinkin’ adorable, I think I could put puppy poop in them and it would still be wonderful! OK, I won’t do that… except maybe to my mean, stuck up neighbor. But I would totally put cheesecake in a jar! With cherries :)

  10. Talia says

    I’d want key lime pie in a jar! Not sure how I’d make that happen, but if you can dream it, you can achieve it, right?
    LOVE s’mores, by the way. Totally going to make these as soon as I can.

  11. Jacqui says

    Right now since it is summer, I would make a berry triffle in a jar! I would layer angel food cake, whipped cream, and tons of fresh berries in there!

  12. Jackie says

    Oooh, you know what belongs in a jar? Some sort of ridiculous chocolate trifle. Layers of brownie chunks, chocolate pudding, chocolate chips, chocolate mousse… you get the idea. Yeah, I’d do that.

  13. Kaitlin says

    I think cheesecake or key lime pie. Something that you can’t just whip up in two seconds so having a “shortcut” would be aweseome! Having said that I don’t think it’s really possible but a girl can dream, can’t she?

  14. Venetrise Jackson says

    I would love to see a strawberry mousse cake. Layers of yellow butter cake and strawberry mousse, then topped with homemade whipped cream. Yum!!!

  15. says

    I love those molten lava cakes. I like to think we could make and bake them in a jar and the ooey gooey stuff would be in the middle. But, on the bottom of the cake waiting for you is a thick chocolate chip ‘cookie’! Place a scoop of ice cream on top. I’m good to go. Will someone make this for me now…haha.

  16. Elizabeth Rodkey says

    I am dieing to try pie in a jar! Preferably apple. I really hope I win, my library doesn’t have this cookbook!! Thanks for the give-a-way :)

  17. says

    OMG these look FABULOUS!!! I want them now, now, now!! (Wow I’m hyper, sorry :P)

    I just came back from London, and I had the most wonderful thing in the entire world: treacle spronge. I want to marry it, it is so good. So I want to stick that in a jar so I can take it with me and eat it 24/7. Yes, that’s what I must do.

  18. Emilia says

    Those look delicious! I keep seeing pictures of pies in jars, and it intrigues me, so that is what dessert I would put first into a jar. Then I’d have to keep trying others.

  19. says

    As an Aussie, s’mores have not been a part of my upbringing so I think I’d start with these to see what all the fuss is about … then I’d move onto one of the recipes I’ve seen where you actually bake in the jar, like a butterscotch self-saucing pudding. Hmmmm, I think I’m going to have to place this book on my wish list :D

  20. Roselyn says

    Being from Australia I would definitely put a Pavlova in a jar, with nice crunchy meringue, layered with sweetened white cream large fresh strawberries and juicy kiwi fruit topped with some delicious passionfruit pulp.

  21. Maureen says

    White Chocolate Chip cherry cookies.
    There is a bakery near our house that makes these and I would love to jar it up and make them at home.

  22. Mary Anne says

    Chocolate mousse, or chocolate triffle, or chocolate cake…. I think you get where I’m going with this…

  23. Sara says

    Mmm. Food in jars. I love it all! I’d say something with nutella. Oh, and peanut butter. Ooo, maybe add a little cheesecake with a delicious graham cracker crust. Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake. Final Answer. YUM.

  24. says

    What a wonderful giveaway. I would love to get more inspirations from this book. For me, I would totally put cup cake and top with a scoop of ice cream in a jar. hm….think I’m going to create one soon. hehehe…

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  25. Sarah says

    Crazy good, ooey, gooey caramel chocolate cookies. I have no idea what the recipe would be, but I can totally imagine what they would look and taste like. And they are yummy!

  26. Jacqueline says

    Darla, although this is a first time comment, I often check your blog as I love all your cute and yummy creations!

    I would try a cherry chocolate chunk brownie or blondie…

  27. Ashley Addison says

    I would definitely put vanilla ice cream and either chocolate chip or Oreo cookies in a jar. My favorites!!!

  28. Sarah says

    When I think jars I can’t help but think of grandma’s homemade preserves…so naturally I think of fruity pies when I think of dessert in a jar. I think strawberry rhubarb sounds delicious right about now. Warm, with a scoop of frozen custard.

  29. Amanda B. says

    As long as it’s dessert, I’d probably each anything out of a jar. :) I’m not picky. Cookies are probably my favorite though.

  30. says

    Caramel tart! A layer of biscuit/cookie dough baked then a mix of condensed milk, golden syrup and butter poured on top of the biscuit/cookie dough then baked for 10 minutes and once cooled a rick layer of dark chocolate ganache. I think I need to buy some jars and make them!

  31. Sherry says

    I want to put a layered bourbon pudding in a jar…. I’d love to make SOMETHING in a jar and take a bunch of them to work for my coworkers!

  32. Jennifer says

    Berry Tiramisu. It my grandpa’s favorite dessert and I think putting it in jars would work great at our family reunion.

  33. Kimberly F says

    Definitely pie, and because of all those yummy-looking pics of graham crackers I’m going to say key lime pie.

  34. Rachel says

    thats so funny- when I read the question, before I read your answer, I thought ” mmm, gotta be brownies in a jar” and then I read further and saw that was YOUR answer! But I concur- brownies in a jar sounds like a winner to me!

  35. says

    I’d put my grandma’s molasses cookies in a jar. It’s actually my great-grandma’s recipe and is at least 125 years old. My mom and I make a double batch every Christmas and I’ll give a few away as presents. People I barely know at Christmas parties will always ask if I brought some because they remember them from the year before! Giving the dry ingredients and the recipe would be such an awesome gift.

    Hmm, I think I just planned my Christmas gifts for this year.

  36. Jessica says

    Oh, oh, oh- I know! BREAD PUDDING! A really rich one with a craggy crust that creates lots of nooks and crannies for warm caramel sauce and a dollop of real whipped cream. Yes, please!

  37. Marili says

    Jamie Oliver’s Bloomin’ Brilliant Brownies… Best brownies EVER- don’t forget the sour cherries to add some extra amazingness!

  38. Steffi W. says

    raspberries, meringues and cream, mixed up in a jar and topped with some brown sugar :-) That’s what I would do. Love your blog and am a secret reader for a pretty long time now, so I decided it’s time to comment and leave my favourite dessert. Hope you give it a try :)

  39. Sincerely Jill says

    I know we’ve all seen it a million times, but I love baked fruit desserts in jars: crumbles, cobblers, and pies. All that lovely bubbling fruit in an individual little package, glorious.

  40. Rachel says

    I think the better question is, what dessert WOULDN’T I stick in a jar, because dessert is my favorite and mason jars are my favorite. I love cookie mixes in a jar, Brandy Alexander in a jar (because liquor is also my favorite), trifle in a jar- the list could go on for entirely too long.

  41. Linda says

    Ice Cream Sundae!! Put a scoop of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, fudge sauce, almonds, walnuts, fruit, caramel, and sprinkles, but make sure to freeze it!

  42. Chris H says

    Double-chocolate-with-nuts-brownies would be awesome in a jar! Although, I have to say, those s’mores looked super good and seemed super easy to make!

  43. Meg says

    I would make no-bakes in jars for my husband and strawberry rhubarb pie for me. My husband loves no-bakes and I appear to have a strange aversion to spooning them out (I’ll do it for any other cookie no problem, but these it’s like there’s too much work!).

    I love a tart and sweet rhubarb pie, but the hubby doesn’t so I would make mini pies for me!

  44. Michelle says

    I seriously can’t think of anything I want more than these campfire bars to list as a dessert I’d want in a jar. Let’s say I want this dessert, in a jar, in front of me. :)

  45. Megan Waltz says

    Cheese cake! With at 2/3 cheese cake, 1/3 crust and 1/3 chocolate ganache and whipped cream too. Wait…I’m gonna need a big jar.

  46. Joanie from NC says

    Darla, I’ve been a fan since you posted your pics of the Star Trek cookies! I’ve done many cookie in a jar gifts before, and a few s’mores, but I think your’s looks tastier! Ideaal dessert in a jar if it could happen? Key Lime Pie, baby!
    Thank you!

  47. says

    They are deliciously ugly :) If the jar wasn’t quite so full, I imagine one could shake it up and then eat it as if it were popcorn. Oh, yes.

    Anything in a jar would be good, but I think I would go for Rocky Road – layers of choc chips, nuts, marshmallows and glace cherries. Repeat. Try not to eat out of jar.

  48. Rachael G says

    Key Lime Pie is one of my favorite desserts, so I would love to come up with some sort of graham cracker crust/key lime filling/whipped cream layered dessert. I’m drooling just thinking about it… :)

  49. says

    I’m thinking the smores look pretty darn tasty. Anything chocolaty with cake or brownie bits would be good. But since I’m trying to eat healthier I would also say something with fruits (maybe grilled or carmelized) and yougurt and maybe some almonds or granola sounds pretty delish right about now too. :)

  50. says

    Of course I would love the book. But if I don’t win, for your i will be making these cute jars for my little one’s party favors, the moms would love them.

  51. Tara B says

    Ohhhhh, so many choices, why do I have to choose just one? Hmmm….let’s try mint cookies, marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate chip cookies with maybe, cake mix? When I was pregnant, I created this concoction (minus the cake mix) and crumbled it over ice cream. Pure heaven, I tell you, pure heaven, with all that melted marshmallow, mint, and chocolate chip cookie crunchiness! Mmmmmm…. can’t wait to see this fabulous book you’ve brought to my attention! Thank you!

  52. Julia Brasileiro says

    I would love to put a really dense chocolate cake with lavanda filling and dark chocolate Brigadeiro frosting…
    Hummmm!

  53. Mattie says

    I’d put an unbaked gingerbread house with all the colourful and fun candy required to decorate it in a single jar, I think the final look would be pretty awesome!

  54. Rebecca says

    Brownies in a jar would be my first thought, but the melted butter talk has me craving toffee, so maybe some kind of brownie/toffee combo?

  55. Caroline says

    The smores campfire bars look delicious! I guess I’d go with brownies in a jar because I’m “traditional.” But you know what might be pretty in a jar? Tiramisu. Or trifle. Or something else layered like that!

    • Carolsue says

      I guess Smores is kind of what your recipe is, however this one was a little different. My second choice would be Peach Pie in a Jar!
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  56. dustin says

    It would be absolutely amazing to have delicious pound cake in a jar topped with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream

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