S’mores Brownies in Jars #RecipesfromtheHeart and KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

When I learned that my father-in-law had metastatic lung cancer earlier this year, Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic was the first blogger friend to reach out an offer me comfort and an ear whenever I needed to talk. She watched her own father succumb to this vicious disease…and knew how it ripped her heart to shreds. She approached me earlier this spring about sharing a dish for “Recipes from The Heart” to honor her dear dad. Scroll down to see all the wonderful dishes and links, including my S’mores Brownies in Jars, to stories about how cancer has affected so many of us. And I’m certain you’ll want to enter our KitchenAid Stand Mixer giveaway, too.

Today’s event is being hosted by Kim and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with a group of blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim’s father’s battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way!

We spent many summer vacations with my in-laws up in Wisconsin. Boating, fishing, Packer worshiping were all part of our adventures up north. Come sundown, we’d get a roaring campfire going and spend the last minutes of twilight searching for the perfect marshmallow roasting sticks. Making s’mores by squeezing a charred and gooey marshmallow and a piece of milk chocolate between two graham crackers was part of our nightly routine.

This s’mores inspired dessert was a snap to prepare…a layer of graham cracker crust was topped with some fudgy brownie dough and baked. Marshmallows filled the rest of the jars and were broiled to give that characteristic roasted s’mores look. You can also make these using a boxed brownie mix…which will most likely fill more than 4 jars. We’ll be heading back to Wisconsin in a few weeks…but this time it will be without my father-in-law. We’ll toast him, shed a few tears and roast a few in his memory.

S’mores Brownies in Jars
Note: You will need 4 canning jars with about a 1 to 1 ¼ cup capacity
    Bottom layer:
    • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    Brownie layer:
    • ¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)
    • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • 2 eggs, at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • Mini or regular sized marshmallows
    1. Set canning jars on baking sheet.
    2. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Place approximately ¼ cup in bottom of each jar and tamp down to make and even layer.
    3. Preheat oven to 350º.
    4. Make brownie batter by melting chocolate and butter in microwave safe bowl, zapping and stirring at 30 second increments till smooth and melted. Mix in sugar and vanilla and let cool a few minutes. Mix in eggs, then salt and flour.
    5. Divide batter evenly between the four jars. Bake for approximately 30 minutes (time will vary depending on diameter of jars). Start checking at 25 minutes, making sure centers look cooked before removing from the oven. You can use a toothpick to check doneness.
    6. Let cool about 15 minutes.
    7. Top each with a handful of mini-marshmallows or a few large marshmallows. Place under broiler, about 6 inches from element, until tops are browned, about 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
    Yield: Makes 4
      Total time: About 1 hour

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        Enter for your chance to Win an Artisan® Series KitchenAid® Stand Mixer in the color of your choice (there are 26 to choose from) as well as an Ice Cream Maker Attachment. A sweet choice for all, this creative attachment features the largest ice cream bowl capacity in the industry. Prepare 2 quarts of ice cream, sorbet, gelato or other frozen desserts. We’re pleased to announce the giveaway is open to Canadian residents, as well as U.S. Residents. Winner will be chosen and announced during the pinchatlive event, described below. Winner will also be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond another winner will be chosen. 1 Stand Mixer and 1 Ice Cream Attachment are being given away as a group, not 1 per blog just to be clear for our readers.

        There are bonus prizes for the pinchatlive event. We are giving away 1 Vanilla Infused Gift Box Set, 1 Lemon Infused Gift Box Set and a $30 Amazon Gift Card. In order to participate in this event follow the Pinterest Board #recipesfromtheheart. Hop on the Pinterest board on June 22 at 2 pm Est to follow along. We’ll ask questions and those who comment are entered to win the bonus prizes. There will be a G+ Hangout on Air during the event as well. Winners of the pinchatlive event must be Canadian or U.S. residents.

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        1. I’d make cookies first if I won the mixer.

        2. Sad Fathers Day for your family and so Sorry to hear about Kim’s dad especially hard today on Fathers Day. I know too well right now what she went through. I can sympathize this is a great post and hope all your readers support the awareness cause. I have just this month donated more that 1k to breast cancer and more raising money for those who can’t afford mammo’s. God bless you all today and always thinking of all of you today… xo hugs.. love the jar desserts… they are lovely….

        3. These jar smores brownies are adorable. It is so sad that cancer seems to have touched all our lives….
          I am so happy Kim and Jen are bringing a voice to it today. 🙂 I am sure Bill will be thinking of his Dad this father’s day. 🙁 Give him an extra big hug from the blogging community… we know how hard it was losing his father was on him.

        4. So sorry for your father in law. =(
          Cancer is happening so much everywhere and often it can be so overwhelming, so glad Kim organized this event with Jen!

          Your smores brownies in jars is a nice idea and clever. I don’t think so I have ever seen this before.

        5. What a wonderful way to remember your father-in-law. 🙂 Your recipes always inspire, Liz–S’mores Brownies in Jars? Fantastic!

        6. It’s always hard to lose someone . Great post by the way !

          Love the brownies baked in mason jars , so adorable !

        7. Thank you for sharing the story about your father-in law.

          Now these jar brownies – amazing! Everything tastes better in jar form!

        8. So sorry to read about your FIL. What a beautiful story. I know he’ll be looking down on all of you and roasting his own s’mores in spirits! This recipe looks amazing.

        9. Thank you for sharing your story about your father-in-law.
          I love this recipe idea! I love single serve desserts.

        10. Liz,
          This is a sad Father’s Day for both of our families with your father-in-law and my dad. It feels so strange and I feel as if my dad is with me everywhere today on this acreage that he said felt like where he grew up in the hillside area of the Des Moines river. I didn’t want to write a post today, but maybe visiting your blog today, is God’s way of saying, ‘you need to write too’. I love these smore brownies and really anything gooey! Thank you for this lovely cause that the three of you are raising awareness for cancer. And thank you for the giveaway opportunity.


        11. Liz,
          I was so carried away with ‘dad’ memories that I forgot to answer your first giveaway question: I would make a wonderful Boston Cream Pie with this new K.A. stand up mixer. In fact, I think I’ll make one today because it was my father’s favorite cake!


        12. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

          It’s so sweet how you made these s’mores brownies in jars as a memory for the fun you’ve had with your in laws (plus they look completely delectable)

        13. For all of us both Father’s and Mother’s Day eventually become bittersweet. I remember you writing about your father-in-law, and this day certainly won’t have the joy for you that it had in past years. But thank goodness we all have memories of the good times, and it’s fun to dwell on those. Great recipe and such a great idea to focus on cancer awareness. Great post – thanks.

        14. Okay first of all I love to you pieces. That’s just a fact.

          And you know how sorry I am about your father in law. Cancer is just a horrible disease and takes way too many loved ones way too early. So you know my heart is with you and your family through this. Always.

          Third I adore this recipe so much. I love things in jars as you know this really pulls at my heart strings on every level.

          Thank you for joining us and for your constant friendship. See you in November, unless I get a ticket to IFBC and a sponsor, then it’s party time in September. xx

        15. Lauren M says:

          Where to begin!! Thank you for this gorgeous giveaway. I’m so sorry about your father-in-law 🙁 I love this idea of having jar desserts.

          P.S. I would probably try out the ice cream attachment first if I won. I don’t have an ice cream maker or a mixer.

        16. It’s a bittersweet day for those of us who had wonderful fathers (or fathers in law) who are no longer with us. Your brownies in a jar are a lovely way to pay homage to a well-loved man.

        17. Glad to be part of this event with you! I love this recipe, I am a sucker for s’mores and brownies -a and the jars are just too cute!

        18. I’m so sorry to read about your father-in-law my friend, thank you for sharing his stories.
          You are making a lovely tribute.


        19. Lovely post! Sorry for your loss. S’mores are such a fun thing to make and the quintessential camping dessert. I’ve never made them at home; this might just get me to try it. Thanks for taking part in this event. I made some steamed rice cakes in banana leaves in honor of my grandmother. It was great to nibble on suman and tell my kids about their great-grandmother.

        20. Jessie C. says:

          I would make strawberry pound cake first.

        21. Liz:
          What a great treat for such a special day.
          I know that you have lost your father-in-law recently. May God comfort your family and you on this day. I know how you guys feel since it is a day with mixed emotions for me too.

          I am sad because my dear Dad is not here anymore to celebrate the day, but at the same time I am happy for my girls who can enjoy their father on his day.

          Hang in there!!! xx

        22. Your s’more desserts are cutie-patooties on parade. But your words about driving back to Wisconsin without the privilege of enjoying the Packers worshipping and the smoldering fire chats touches my heart with grief. Life is such a dichotomy, isn’t it?

          On the one hand, we’ve got lovely little desserts and pleasures of life. And on the other, we’ve all got our losses…

          Focus on the present – the gifts is the right thing to do…Yet, it certainly is challenging when we’ve got these losses tugging at our hearts…I guess it’s that famous quote which I’ll respect. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

        23. Great idea!

        24. Love these brownies, so fun in the jar!

        25. Love the presentation of these in jars. That’s a great idea and lovely of you to bring attention to some wonderful charities that are fully deserving of support. I’d love to be a resident so I could enter this competition! xx

        26. Dear Liz, I know it is difficult to say goodbye to those we love. This was a lovely tribute to your father in law. On a side note your brownies smores in a jar look delicious and perfect for rainy day campfire gatherings that had to move inside due to the weather. Take care, BAM

        27. First, I would give the mixer to my Mother as I already have a beloved mixer. I would keep the ice cream attachment for myself though 🙂 I would have to make mint chocolate chip ice cream. PS – I am doing smores in a jar next week during SundaySupper! I am so excited that yours turned out so great.

        28. What a special post Liz. I almost felt like I was with you at your campfires. Hailing from Wisconsin, I could picture it so clearly, we did the same type of thing. I know this was a hard day for your family, my heart goes out to all of you. Praying for “the peace that passes understanding”. Chris

        29. Thanks for sharing a lovely post about your FIL.

          He must have loved you very much.

          Your s’mores brownies in a jar make me smile. I’d love to try this.

        30. This was such a lovely post, Liz. Heartfelt, touching, and yet still made me hungry!

        31. What a splendid idea, Liz. These brownies look irresistible!

        32. Lovely post there Liz. The brownies in jar look not just irresistible but so very cute!

        33. So sorry to hear about your FIL. It seems that we have all been touched one way or another with this horrible disease.

        34. I would love to make my grandma’s pound cake.

        35. Such an important cause! I would make a big batch of frosting first thing, straight away, and eat it all with a spoon.

        36. Such a lovely way to remember your Father-in-Law and thanks for sharing Liz. These brownies in a jar are adorable! I love individual serving desserts. They’re so much fun to eat!

        37. It doesn’t surprise me that Kim lent you her shoulder when you needed it because she has a kind heart. It looks like you two also share a love of serving desserts in jars.

        38. What a sad fathers day.
          I really like your idea for s’mores in a jar, it looks so delicious. I noticed it on google+ and had to visit for more information 🙂

        39. Your father-in-law sounds like a wonderul man. I raise my cookie bars up in a toast to him. This dessert is the perfect dish to honor his memory.

        40. I can tell by everything you’ve written that your father-in-law was an awesome man.

        41. I love anything that’s made in a jar. And anything that involves s’mores. LOVE this!!!

        42. These stories break my heart. Raising awareness is a fantastic way to help others though. Kudos to you and the others for doing this (next time I hope someone tells me so I can join in). The brownies in a jar look amazing as well. Dudette will love them!

        43. Hi,
          So sorry to hear about your father in law.
          The smores brownies in the jar look too cute!

        44. I am so very sorry to hear about your father-in-law. What a great way to bring awareness to this amazing cause. These s’mores brownies also sound like the perfect treat for honoring your father-in-law with all the camp fire memories you all shared.

        45. Lizzy,
          This post is a wonderful way to promote awareness and honor your Father-in-Law. I hope you and your family is holding up okay.

        46. Great idea for a smore’s dessert Liz. Sorry about your father in law. It’s never easy losing a loved one. Cancer affects all of us these days, I don’t know of one person who hasn’t had a family member who wasn’t affected by cancer. What a nice post to share with those who want to read others stories, thanks for sharing this. I already have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer so if I won it I would give it to my mom.

        47. I am so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Lung cancer, and all forms really, is such a horrible thing to go through with your family.

          I have never tried baking something in a jar, but these look so yummy I will have to bake some up for my next dinner party. Thank you for sharing!

        48. I thin this wonderful dessert treat is a great way to remember a lost loved one, to be enjoyed together and help go through the emotions with support. Wow over 600 entries, here goes nothing!

        49. Alison Paridh says:

          Can’t wait to try these Liz! I love smores!

        50. Nothing make a memory like s’mores.

        51. It’s been so sad to read about how cancer has affected you, Kim, and countless others, Liz. I hope that writing these posts have been cathartic. I know that your words are providing invaluable comfort to others who are going through it right now. I’ve known many wonderful people who were taken too soon by cancer, but I’ve been lucky enough that it hasn’t been anyone as close to me as a parent or sibling. I think this is another lovely tribute to your dear FIL and your s’mores in a jar look ooey gooey delicious!

        52. Lovely post, Liz. I love s’mores brownies & even better when you get your own jar!

        53. Brian’s mother is, amazingly, a two time lung cancer survivor. My life-long best friend, however, lost her mother to lung cancer last year. Neither of these women smoked and it strikes a sour note with me when I hear people make that assumption. Somehow lung cancer becomes the victim’s fault! Anyway, sorry to get on the soap box. I know you loved your FIL and I’m deeply sorry for your family’s loss. I think remembering him over these delicious looking treat jars would be wonderful!

        54. Judy Flynn says:

          Cute recipe! Love those mixers too and all of the luscious colors they offer now!Thanks for
          the chance to win!

        55. Omg these smores look fabulous! I would LOVE to win the mixer with ice cream attachment, think how popular you would be all summer!

        56. Suzie Waclawski says:

          Thanks for this inspirational story, I lost my Dad 13 yrs ago still miss him like crazy.
          I would love to win the Kitchenaide thanks for the giveaway

        57. I would make buttercream 🙂

          Also this is my first time here great recipe and I’ll pray for your family a good friend always said if you’ve got em pray to em

        58. –Can’t wait to make these delights, Liz!! Xx WOWwwie

        59. Beautiful, touching post. Yummy dessert. Thank you.

        60. These are so fabulous Liz! Thank you so much for participating with us!

        61. Our Father’s Day here is in September and I always try to zone it out because my father too died of cancer. This is a lovely event and Kim is a very special lady as are you, Liz. Your pain is still very fresh while mine is six years old but you never forget, it just gets easier.


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