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.

Image of Desserts in Jars cookbook

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

Collage of Desserts in Jars cookbook and a recipe for Macarons in a Jar

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…

Campfire Bars In a JAR! Great Gift idea!!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.

Top view of the lid of Campfire Bars jar with recipe

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.

Pieces of campfire bars on a cloth

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.

Top view of graham crackers, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips in a jar

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

Campfire bars in a square panThey come out like a sweet, crunchy bar/bark.

Sweet and sticky and totally addicting.A stack of campfire bars on a cloth


Campfire Bars


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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Jun 12, 2014 8:42 am

Need help! This recipe is so simple and I know I followed it correctly. I ended up with a gooey mess instead of bars. Your pictures show chunks of the chocolate chips where mine all melted. Mine just didn’t look at all like the photos. Can you offer some help. Some ideas of how to make it come out better? Thank you.

Oct 8, 2013 10:23 pm

I have never had anything in a jar but loves this idea so much…this would be great for picnics like salad/soups too…I think.
Wonder if you could make key lime pie or or coconut cake in a jar? Whole new concept to me. LOVE IT.

Oct 3, 2013 9:52 pm

I just made these for some campground friends, such a very cute idea! But as I printed the labels, they seem to be for wide mouth jars and 🙁 mine are not!

Oct 3, 2013 1:22 pm

Thank you (didn’t notice it on the lid when I asked). Can’t wait to make this. I’m sure it will be a well-received gift!!

Oct 3, 2013 9:28 am

These sound great, and now I really want to give this as a gift! Can you tell me the baking temperature? I don’t see it on the recipe.

Dec 14, 2012 8:20 am

I’ve made pumpkin pies in the jar and also a fruit trifle.

Dec 12, 2012 10:15 pm

ive done strawberry shortcakes in a jar! yum.

Dec 12, 2012 8:58 pm

These look so good! I’ve done banana pudding in jars before, they were really cute.

Dec 12, 2012 8:47 pm

I have never made a dessert in a jar! I would love, love, love to make them and give them as gifts!

Karen Z
Dec 12, 2012 8:19 pm

I got one once that wasn’t very good. I would love some ideas for treats that are yummy and look pretty 🙂

Tracy Lawrence
Dec 12, 2012 8:06 pm

I’ve never given gifts in jars but I love the idea!

Dec 12, 2012 6:54 pm

I haven’t made a ‘dessert in a jar’ before, but would love to try the S’mores one! Would love to see a Kentucky Derby Pie in a jar!

Crystal C.
Dec 12, 2012 6:41 pm

I have been wanting to make some desserts in a jar, but have not had the chance to yet…I do like the idea of making a mix rather than the actual treat. I love your recipe and will definitely be adding it to my list of sweet treats!

Dec 12, 2012 4:25 pm

i give cookies in a jar to my coworkers every year for christmas and they look forward to the week before christmas when i deliver them 🙂 but i would love to learn some other things to jar up 🙂

Misty O'Brien
Dec 12, 2012 4:21 pm

I love making anything in a jar. For gifts I love giving pies in jars that can be baked right in the little buggers.

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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