Since Halloween is fast approaching, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Halloween treats ~ both to eat and to give away. I had a blast filling and decorating the jars and I thought they turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself. And the cookies are scrumptious! (Have to admit, I’ve only ever tried option #2. You know how I love butter, and these are full of buttery goodness. If you like s’mores, these are similar – but even better!)
If you want directions on making the jar designs just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to try to figure it out and send it on. Here is the “recipe” for filling the jars, and for the attached baking directions:
Peeps in a Jar
1 widemouth quart jar [narrow-mouthed jars will work using a knife and spoon to pat down the ingredients]
1 sleeve graham crackers
8 marshmallow peep bunnies
about 1¼ cups seasonal m&m’s1/3 cup brown sugar
Reduce graham crackers to crumbs using a food processor or a rolling pin and a gallon Ziploc bag. EITHER layer ¾ of the crumbs in a quart jar OR pour all of the crumbs into the jar. Place 8 marshmallow peeps standing up, facing out around the inside of the jar pressing them against the glass, being careful not to squash them. Carefully spoon any remaining crumbs and/or some of the brown sugar into the center of the peeps to support them, pressing down to keep it snug.
On top of this pour 1¼ cups m&m’s. Make a well in the center of the m&m’s with a spoon and carefully add the remaining brown sugar in the well, pressing gently.
Decorate the jar and add a gift tag with baking instructions:
Directions: Enjoy eating some of the m&m’s to reduce the amount a little as desired. Empty the remaining jar contents into a bowl.
Option #1: Snip the marshmallow Peeps into bits with kitchen scissors or a knife. Return the Peeps bits to the mixture and mix well. Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla into ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter. Pour this over the dry ingredients, mixing well. Pat into a greased 8 or 9 inch baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-25 minutes. Cool ½ an hour then cut into bars.
Option #2: leave Peeps whole. Combine remaining ingredients and place the Peeps on top, then bake as directed above.
Option #3: omit the vanilla, bake and serve warm over vanilla ice cream or use a blender to mix with ice cream like a Blizzard.
Enjoy, and happy haunting!
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