Campfire Bars and a Desserts in Jars Giveaway {Closed}

So you guys.

I have this book.  It’s called Desserts In Jars.  I have talked about it before a few times here and here

I love it.



It’s written by the sweet Shaina Olmanson who also happens to write the site Food For My Family, which is great!


Since it’s the holiday season and everyone is gifting sweet treats, there hasn’t been a more perfect time to get the Desserts in Jars and invest in some sweet jars (HERE are the ones I use for most recipes in the book).

While I was flipping through the pages of the book I came across the fun recipe for “Campfire Bars”…

While everyone else is giving cookie trays, I thought it would be fun to give a jar with all the ingredients for a sweet treat that my friends could make when they weren’t being inundated with already made treats.

So that’s what I did.


And while “Campfire Bars” sound all outdoorsy and camp-ish, I guarantee you they are not.  You bake these inside your warm home with your oven.  No campfire needed.

I mean, if you want to eat them BY a fire, well, that’s totally your choice…and I think a nice fire in the fireplace would work perfectly well!


So back to my bars.

All you ‘ll need is a 1 quart jar (like THESE)

Just layer your ingredients…

It’s totally easy.

Also, you can attach a cute label on the top of the jar, or on your ribbon with the directions.

Shaina has some already made labels for these HERE.


Giving this as a gift along with the Desserts in Jars book would make such a sweet hostess gift!


So I decided, just for quality control I needed to make the bars.

I’m a good friend like that.


And the thing about these bars is they couldn’t be simpler.  All you have to add to your ingredients is melted butter.


That’s it.


Spread it into your pan and bake.  That’s it.

PhotobucketThey come out like a sweet, crunchy bar/bark.

Sweet and sticky and totally addicting.


Campfire Bars and a Desserts in Jars Giveaway!
makes 1 jar mix, enough to make 16 bars prepared
  • 1½ cups graham crackers, chopped into 1 inch squares
  • 1½ cups mini marshmallows
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips (I used Hershey's Baking Kisses
  • ½ cup granola
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  1. Layer all ingredients in a 1 quart jar in order they are listed. Seal with a lid.
  2. To make bars, mix all ingredients with a bowl with 8 tbsp of melted butter.
  3. Spread in an 8x8 baking pan and bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before cutting.
recipe adapted from Desserts in Jars



Now to the good part….

I am giving away 2 signed copies of Shaina’s book Desserts in Jars available at Target, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local bookseller!

They make the perfect gift, or if you’re not feeling as generous, perfect to keep all for yourself!


All you have to do is leave me a comment here…let me know if you’ve ever made a dessert in a jar and if so, what…OR if there’s something you’d like to see me make in a jar?  I’m always open to suggestions!

Contest open to US residents only.

Contest open until December 12th at 11:59 pm EST

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411 Comments on "Campfire Bars and a Desserts in Jars Giveaway {Closed}"

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I haven’t yet, but I saw something about pizza in jars once, and want to see/figure out how that works!


These are great! I think even if I don’t win, I will have to buy a copy for myself, my sister-in-law and my mom!

Pat Hoffman

I have never made a dessert in a jar, but I love the concept! These look wonderful! What a great idea, gong to make soon! I would love to win the book and try some other recipes as well! Thank you for the chance!

Haley S

Does sweet tea in a jar count? Haha! I’ve never made desserts in a jar, but this is an amazing idea!! it would make THE perfect Christmas gift! YAYAYA!

maria mendoza

I never made anything for a jar. But would like to learn
thanks for the chance to win

Jeannine D.

These cookies look amazing! I would love to make cheesecake in a jar

Colleen @ What

These bars look fantastic! I still haven’t made a dessert in a jar but I have been wanting to for so long! I just never seem to get around to it. Hopefully this post inspires me to 🙂

Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist

The only dessert I’ve ever made in a jar is a parfait, which seems so easy it’s like cheating. I would love to try more though– they feel so special.


I’ve never made a dessert in a jar, but I’d love to start giving them as gifts. These bars look a-mazing!


I have never made a dessert in a jar, but I might have to try this one. Sooo easy and looks really yummy


I have the cookie in a jar, but this sounds awesome!


YUM!! Have made cookies from a jar (received as a Christmas gift) and love the idea!!


I have never made anything in a jar, but these look delicious! I’d be interested in more bar recipes in a jar.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Great giveaway! I’ve canned, made stovetop jelly, made chutney and preserves via jars, but not true ‘desserts’. That should change!

Patricia Glover

I haven’t made desserts in a jar before but this one sounds PERFECT to make as a Christmas gift. Yep, I need like 12 different ideas….sigh….Thank you so much for making it easy to enter to win, instead of having to go all over the web to click like or follow on Pin-Interest. I get sucked into FB enough,I don’t need to add anything else. LOL!!! Thanks again!!!

Laura F.

I have a recipe for cranberry white chocolate pecan oatmeal cookies that I’ve given to friends at Christmas before. This recipe is amazing, and I make it often myself, because I can prep ahead of time, since it’s has a lot of ingredients, but they can all be pre-measured and simply dumped in with butter & egg.

This book looks right up my alley!


I love this idea! I have layered candy in jars before to match different party color schemes.


These bars sound delicious — and what fun! I’ve printed this recipe, and will look for jars at the store today. This will be a wonderful little gift for the members of my stitching group. I’d LOVE to win a copy of the cookbook so I can try the other recipes as well.
Thanks ~ Jeanne


I have not made any desserts in a jar yet but I’ve saved a bunch of recipes! Holding off only because I have so many kitchen supplies and gadgets I don’t use I wonder where I would store the jars and how often I would use them. The book would be the push I need. :). Love your blog btw.

Kimberly M.

No, I’ve never made anything in a jar, but these camfire bars look great!

Jane Dough

I’ve made “salad in a jar,” but never “dessert in a jar.” Funny thing is someone just dropped a whole lot of old quart jars on my porch last week. Don’t know who it was, but I hope they come back to see what I’m doing with them. The Campfire Bars look great!!!!

Michelle Henderson

I make my father-in-law a dessert in a jar EVERY year! He’s such a challenge to shop for, so I figured you can’t go wrong with something so delicious and a good shelf life! I’ve made double chocolate chip cookies (Threw in red and green M & M’s to make it festive, then last year I did brownies.
He’s on a diet this year… So, not sure what I’ll do! LOL


Great idea, easy and fun for the holidays! I haven’t tried making jars but have always enjoyed receiving them. 🙂


I have given chicken noodle soup mixes away in jars a few years ago. For the last few years I have given away goodies that I canned from our garden. This will be the perfect addition to the baskets I make for neighbors. I’m off to add this book to my wishlist on Amazon–just incase I don’t win!

Kristie Moffatt

I made peppermint play dough in jars for my nieces and nephews for Christmas and plan on trying other jar gifts for family! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sarah A

For my baby shower favor, we gave out cookies in a jar. So delicious!!!


I used to do cookies in a jar, but haven’t for a long time. A book with new ideas in it would be great to have!


I haven’t made anything in a jar but it is something I want to try. Looks so good.


I have never made a dessert in a jar, but plan to make some of these!


Honestly, I made something in a jar one year for Christmas, but I can’t remember what it was – guess that means it was special 🙂 I’d love to do more and am already planning to do the campfire bars.


I have never made a dessert in a jar before but I have a similar recipe to your campfire bars that are made like rice krispie treats but w/ Golden Grahams, melted chocolate, & marshmallows. They are called Indoor Smores. My daughter begs me to take them to all parties, & they are always gone in the 1st hour. I think I got the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats, which is a GREAT blog if you don’t already read it.

Julie W

I’ve never made a dessert in a jar, but I’ve seen red velvet cupcakes in jars, and it looks soo cute!


My mom and I have made all kind of things in a jar: cookies, brownies, bars, caramel popcorn, and even full blown meals. We usually find ourselves mass producing gifts in a jar once a year or so to give out to friends.

Debra Asmussen

These look so yummy! I made mini unbaked cheesecakes in a jar for my kids teachers at the end of school last year. So good!

Mrs. Z

I made a dessert in a jar Mother’s Day, 2012. It was going to be a trifle, but I did not find a trifle bowl in any of the stores around me. So, my brilliant husband suggested mason jars. The dessert was a angel food cake, with cut strawberries and lemon curd along with homemade whipped cream. It was a hit and now my mother in law expects it for next year!

Kaysey C.

I have never made a dessert in a jar, but I have made desserts from jars given to me!


My husband received a cookie in a jar once as a gift at Christmas from a co-worker. We make them as they were Chocolate Chip and they were pretty good.

Emily Maggi

I’ve never made a dessert in a jar, but I’ve received one as a gift and I think it’s a great gift idea! It was Rocky Road brownies.


I’ve made pies in jars and brownie fudge sundaes!

Julie @White Lights on Wednesday

I have plans to make a Raspberry Lemonade Mousse Tart in a Jar. I just need little jars. Love this book. It’s on my Christmas list this year.


I have made a crumble/crisp in a jar…even dried fruit came in the jar!

Helen Kreitzer

Never made desert in a jar. This looks good. I might try it for a friend party.


I would like to see you make magic bars (or seven layer bars- whichever name you prefer) in a jar!


I have never made a dessert in a jar, but would love to try doing a pie in a jar – they always looks so cute! Would love to win this book!

Staci A

We’ve done cookie mixes in a jar before. The Campfire Bars look amazing!


To be honest, I have never made anything from a jar nor have I given it as a gift because I thought they looked sort of hokey. The campfire bars seems to have changed my mind. I have already copied the recipe into Microsoft Word and am making a list of what I need for my next trip out of town. Thank you for the holiday idea!


I have never made a dessert in a jar. But boy sound fun and what a creative gift! Since I am new to the the baking world my mind cannot even imagine the possibilities. I am definitely gonna check that book out the next time I go to the book store!


I have made Cowboy cookies in a jar as Christmas gifts before… They were amazing!! I would LIVE to make apple crisp, cupcakes and pies in jars…. Though it seems like a lot of work! lol!! But so impressive! I LOVE these Campfire Bars in jars as gift ideas… They look delish 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win!


I have seen so many food in a jar things on Pinterest and need to try it out. It looks like such a fun and personalized gift to give especially for the holidays


Just a brief reminder that you have loyal Canadian followers too!! 😉 I love this idea and have been trying to perfect a s’mores bar myself! Can’t wait to give this to friends!

Barb Mc

Love making desserts in jars. They are always so cute! My favorite is a red velvet cupcake with cream creese frosting in a little jar.