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I have this thing for glass jars.

Old salsa jars, pickle jars, jelly jars, applesauce jars…I can’t throw them away. When we finish any food that comes in a jar, I excitedly peel off the label and then throw it in the dishwasher so I can use it for something else.

I have dozens of them hanging out in my pantry just waiting for something delicious to fill them up.

So, when I was contacted last week to review the cookbook Desserts in Jars by this talented mama, I took it as a sign from the heavens to say yes.

(I probably would have said yes regardless of the jar situation. Who can turn down a free cookbook?)

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But THIS cookbook. Oh my GOSSSS.

I want every single thing in every single jar incorporated into every single day of my life. All of the recipes are cute and creative and miniature and beautiful.

One of the first to grab my attention was a recipe out of the Mixes for Giving section. (A brilliant section that I will thoroughly dive into during the holiday season. Hey family, pretend you didn’t just read that. Or at least look surprised when I hand you a jar of food for Christmas.)

This particular recipe is like summer camp in a jar. I want to crawl inside and live between the marshmallow and the chocolate chip layer.

…and stay there until May when I bake the bars, eat them all, and then throw the empty jar into the dishwasher so I can fill it up with another dessert.

Campfire Bars

Campfire Bars Mix

Recipe © 2012 by Shaina Olmanson and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

Makes 1 jar of campfire bars mix, to yield about 16 bars


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

  • 1½ cups mini marshmallows, homemade or storebought

  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips

  • ½ cup granola

  • 1⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar

  • ½ 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 recipient:

To Make Campfire Bars

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Pour all 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.

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