Campfire Bars and Desserts in Jars

Hey there! Today, I’m so excited to share with you for the sixth day of giveaways, my friend, Shaina’s book Desserts in Jars! She’s an incredibly talented mom and food blogger over at Food for My Family. She photographed the book by herself! I remember meeting Shaina last year at a food blog conference, our mutual friend, Jaden, introduced us. She’s quiet at first when you meet her, she’s really funny and let me tell you she does not give herself enough credit!

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This book is gorgeous and I want to make so many recipes from it! The cookbook starts out with tips on how to bake in jars and how to fill them. Right now, this is the perfect last minute gift for the foodie in your life you don’t know what to get for…it’s available in stores at Target and World Market. I have spotted it at both stores near me. And you can order it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or purchase it wherever books are sold.

Let’s talk about the recipe I made from the cookbook – campfire bars. Am I allowed to say oh my God? Because these are a notch above s’mores. Yep…I love that they have trail mix in them. You can whip them up and put them into a jar for a friend as a gift – just takes minutes – and all they have to do is add butter (!!!) and bake them. If a friend gave these to me for a gift, I would hug them 10 times.

There are 50 recipes in the book and I already marked a few other I want to try including these Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

and these Coconut Cream Pies!!

That’s the campfire bars mix!! Put a bow on it, print out instructions on what to do with the mix and give it to your best friend. They will thank you!

And now I’m so excited to give away Shaina’s book and some other nifty prizes to get you started in making desserts in jars and hopefully making some sweet treats for yourself AND some friends!

this giveaway includes:

  • Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson
  • 1 case of half size – 8 ounce jars
  • 1 Jar of Monster Cookie Mix
  • $25 Gift Card for Target to get your supplies to make Desserts in Jars!

Retail Value: $65

Please use the form below (comments will not count toward entry into the giveaway). Good luck!
This giveaway has ended.

Congrats to Peggy K! I know you’ll love this cookbook!

If you make any of recipes and decide to share them on instagram or twitter be sure to tag me @thelittlekitchn and use the hashtag #thelittlekitchenrecipes! I love seeing your posts and photos!

Campfire Bars Recipe

Yield: 1 jar of campfire bars mix, 16 bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

The smell of wood burning, marshmallows roasting to a golden brown, sticky fingers, and mouths full of happiness: Everyone loves a toasty s'more. The melted chocolate and gooey marshmallow surrounded by crunchy crackers give you the taste of a hearty trail mix as you enjoy a walk through the woods. Here all the flavors of camping are tucked inside a quick and easy mix for giving.


1 cup graham cracker pieces, each about 1-inch square

1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup granola

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped almonds


In a 1-quart jar, layer the graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate chips, granola, brown sugar, and almonds. Seal with the lid, decorate the jar if you like, and attach a label with these instructions for the reipient:

To make campfire bars:

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour all of the contents of the jar into a large bowl. Stir in the melted butter until all the pieces are coated. Press into a 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Cut into bars and serve.

From Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson, 2012, Published by The Harvard Common Press

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28 Responses to “Campfire Bars and Desserts in Jars”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 22, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    Those bars sound RIGHT up my alley – granola, graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate…yes!


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    Radhika @ Just Homemade — December 22, 2012 @ 1:14 am

    Jars make desserts look even more fascinating! Congratulations! to Shaina on her cookbook. Would love to check it out, Julie..
    Happy Holidays!


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    Sandy — December 22, 2012 @ 3:44 am

    Perfect portion sized servings. Cute and convenient


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    Karly — December 22, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Ooh, I love this recipe. I have a serious weakness for s’mores!


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    Angie — December 22, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    What beautiful bars! I just adore Shaina’s book, it’s a great gift!


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    Shaina — December 22, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    I think it’s only fair that I own Shaina’s book since we both have the same name and all.. 😉 We even spell it the same….that never happens!


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    Meg @ Sweet Twist — December 22, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    I love desserts in jars. The book looks great and so do these bars.


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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 22, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    Such a great cookbook! I made the Monster Cookie Mix for the boys’ teachers for Christmas. Love these bars too!


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    Diane Sallans — December 23, 2012 @ 1:58 am



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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 23, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    I saw Shaina’s book at World Market last week and I was SO excited! Such a fun gift–everyone loves a cute dessert. :)


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    Katie | The Hill Country Cook — December 23, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    Yup. You’ve won my heart. You’ve gone and done it!


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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 24, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Merry Christmas Julie! This looks fantastic!


  13. 13
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 24, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    I just got the book from MixedCon and absolutely love it! I’ve already made her strawberry pie and it was the best! Can’t wait to try these bars next!


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    cindyoregon — December 28, 2012 @ 8:31 pm



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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 28, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Shaina’s book is great! And this recipe looks soooooo good, will be making it!


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    Barbara Butler — January 8, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    love to win this


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    ANN SISCO — January 8, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    would like to try some


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    Kathie Leveson — January 8, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    I love baking anything chocolate, looks good!


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    Lucy Petitto — January 9, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    What an innovative idea – put dessert in a pretty jar to bring to someone in the hospital, for work associate, etc. Nice.


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    mal kaplan — January 12, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    these are quite novel


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    Willa Luthi — January 16, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Anything with the word chocoate attached just grabs me by the shirttail and I immediately have to check it out.


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    Vikki Leeann Wood — January 17, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    your concept souds wonderful


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    Colleen Jensen — January 17, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    This would be fun to win, thanks for the chance.


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    Ann Mountain — January 17, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    What a great concept for a cookbook. Good luck to everyone.


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    Janet Watson — January 17, 2013 @ 10:28 pm



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    Stephanie — July 3, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    I was craving s’mores and really wanted to love these. The favors are there, but they were too sweet for my taste and mine, at least, definitely couldn’t be classified as ‘bars’, more like a pie filling. Would need way more graham crackers to bind them, I think. Thank you, just the same!


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    Karin — October 23, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    There are so many varieties of granola now. Which brand or type of granola is used in this recipe?


    • Julie Deily replied: October 28th, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

      Hi Karin!

      I usually buy the bulk granola that they sell at my grocery store. Hope that helps!


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