Campfire Bars

Campfire Bars In a JAR! Great Gift idea!!

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


  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers, chopped into 1 inch squares
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s Baking Kisses
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 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 8×8 baking pan and bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before cutting.


recipe adapted from Desserts in Jars

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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411 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Bethany

    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.

  4. Julie

    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.

  5. Jan

    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.

  6. 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!

  7. Renee

    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!

  8. 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

  9. 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!!!!

  10. SaraJ

    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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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