Monday, April 25, 2011

In the Kitchen: S'mores in a Jar

It's Monday and it's raining.  Blah!  But don't fret, I have a way to cheer things up.

S'mores in a jar.

Yes, in a jar.  After seeing pictures of the yummy desert on Pinterest, I had to check it out.  Jessica, creator of said s'mores delight, is the blogger behind How Sweet It Is and quite possibly the most amazing person on earth.  Her blog is full of UNBELIEVEALE treats like cookie dough dip (why didn't someone think of this sooner!?), cinnamon rolls stuffed with cookie dough, and cake batter cinnamon rolls.  Of course there are tons of other things on her blog that have nothing to do with cinnamon rolls and cookie dough, but I chose to ignore them!

Anyways, back to the s'mores.  S'mores in a jar are super easy to make.  It's graham crack crust with chocolate cake and marshmallows!  Jessica makes her cake batter from scratch but I'm all about doing things the lazy way so I used a box of Duncan Hines.  My modified version is below.  For the official recipe, head over to How Sweet It Is.

S’mores in a Jar (my lazy version, adapted from How Sweet It Is' S'mores Cake in a Jar recipe)
makes (4) 1-pint mason jar servings
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about one sleeve of crackers)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • sprinkle of salt
  • chocolate cake mix (I used chocolate fudge mix)
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Melt butter and add in graham crumbs and salt. Mix until moist. Spray 4 mason jars with non-stick spray and press graham crust into jars, dividing equally until crumbs are gone. They don’t need to look perfect. I used a small juice glass to press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of the jars.

3. Make cake mix and pour about 1/2 cup into each jar, making sure you don't fill them over half full, otherwise you'll have no room for marshmallows once the cake rises.  You'll have batter left over so either make more s'mores or turn them into something else yummy like cupcakes!

4. Put the jars in a cake pan with 1 1/2 cups of water at the bottom to keep the jars from shattering. Bake for about 30 minutes.

5. Take the jars out of the oven and add marshmallows on top. We used mini marshmallows because we already had them in the fridge. It's all up to you.   Just remember, the jars are HOT! Turn on your oven broiler and put the jars back in the oven for about 1 or 2 minutes. Make sure to watch super carefully...the marshmallows will melt fast! Heat until the marshmallows are nice and golden.

6. Stuff your face :)

They can get kind of messy so we used long sundae spoons to eat ours! May I tell you, these are DELICIOUS!! I'm positive they serve smores in a jar in heaven. I'm also positive I gained about 10lbs after eating one! The next time we make them, I'm adding strawberries under the marshmallows. I think the fruit will be the perfect addition. My husband wants an extra layer of graham crackers and maybe some peanut butter. The possibilites are endless!

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