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S’mores in Mason Jars

Mason jars are my new obsession!  There are so many creative things you can do with them, especially related to food.  Check out this awesome webpage for some inspiring ideas: 50 Different Foods You Can Put in a Jar.

The only recipe I have tried so far is the “S’mores Cake in a Jar”, and it was absolutely delicious.  I have adapted this recipe from how sweet it is.

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • pinch of salt

Melt the butter and mix in the crumbs and salt.  Grease the bottom and sides of 4 jars, and press the crumb mixture into the bottom of each jar.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cake:

  • 1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)

Mix all wet ingredients together.  I opted for a healthier cake by substituting the milk and heavy cream with Almond milk.  I left out the sour cream and added a little more butter to keep the balance of ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients together.  Then gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.  Divide the cake batter between the 4 jars with the crumb mixture.

Place the jars in a baking dish and add 2 cups of water to the bottom of the dish.  Bake for about 30 minutes.

Press a few marshmallows into the top of each jar.  Broil them in the oven until golden brown or slightly melted.  This will happen very quickly, so keep an eye on your marshmallows, only about 1 minute or so is necessary.  On my first try the marshmallows exploded everywhere!

Red Velvet Cheesecake

This post is a tribute to Valentine’s Day!  It is literally right around the corner so you might as well embrace it and make some special plans.  This rich cake is the perfect way to top off your date night.  As for you single gals and boys, why not enjoy a slice with your favorite Valentine’s Day movie.  CAUTION: You will want seconds.

As much as I wish it was, this recipe is not from my own genius, so I must give credit where it is deserved.  Willow Bird Baking is the mastermind to this complex culinary delight.  Please subscribe to her page.  She is a true inspiration and has posted some fantastic recipes.  In addition, there are some very helpful tutorials and tips on the site.  Here is the link to Willow Bird Baking’s Red Velvet Cheesecake: http://willowbirdbaking.com/2011/01/24/red-velvet-cheesecake/

My version does not look as professional, but hey, for my first layer cheesecake I think I did pretty great!

I actually made this cake for my extended family on Christmas.  It was a huge success!  Due to time constraints I was forced to use pre-made cream cheese frosting, but I think it went over well.  This cake freezes quite nicely and it can be made in three parts.  Good luck and happy baking!