Rocky Ledge Bars

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Week of something, so I thought I’d feature 5 bar/brownie recipes. They’ve been my favorite dessert recently.

A couple weeks ago was my brother’s wife’s baby shower. We’re all really excited about the first grandchild in our family and I can’t wait to meet my nephew in just a couple months. The majority of my family is still in the Midwest, but luckily quite a few of them got to make the trip out East for the shower. One of my sisters, my mom, and 3 of her sisters all came to Boston for a 3 day weekend.

The day before the shower, the plan was to hang out at my brother’s house in the evening. I offered to bring over a dessert to snack on. One thing I love about making bars is that they travel so well! You don’t have to worry about them toppling over like you do with cupcakes.

We all really enjoyed these bars. They had the perfect amount of candy mixins and surprisingly weren’t too sweet. I think all of my aunts and my mom asked for this recipe so they could make them for their families. I did slightly adjust the amount of chocolate in the recipe as shown below.

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Rocky Ledge Bars

Yield: ~36

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mini marshmallows, divided
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 cup white chocolate chips, divided
18 squares individually wrapped caramels, divided and chopped into quarters
1 1/2 cup chocolate covered toffee chips, divided

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper large enough to cover the bottom of the pan and to overhang the longer sides. Place the parchment in the pan, butter the parchment, and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl using a wooden spoon, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture; mix just until combined. Fold in half of the marshmallows, chocolates, caramels, and toffee chips.

Using an offset spatula, spread the batter in the prepared pan. Scatter the remaining marshmallows, chocolates, caramels, and toffee chips over the surface of the batter. Bake until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out almost clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled. Using the overhanging parchment paper, remove from pan. Place on a baking sheet, and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 30 minutes.

Remove from refrigerator, and peel off the parchment paper. Using a serrated knife, cut into 15 irregular-shaped bars. Stack bars vertically. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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18 Responses to “Shipping Cupcakes in a Jar”

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    CB — November 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I love it! Where did you get the jars? Now I totally wanna do this for xmas gifts!
    /Clara

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    Jen — November 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I looked everywhere and just couldn’t find them. I ended up ordering them from Amazon. They weren’t very cheap so that was a bummer…

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    CB — November 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Ah bummer. What size are the jars? I wonder if Ikea would have them? Whats the amazon link?
    /Clara

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    Jen — November 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I ordered them from here. You want the wide mouth jars so the cupcakes fit and the 1/2 pint size is perfect.

    The yellow cupcakes didn’t rise much so I added more frosting to fill the jar and the chocolate ones rose quite a bit so they had less frosting. My sister said that the chocolate one had the perfect amount of frosting or could use a smidge more, so you want a cupcake that has at least a small dome.

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    ttfn300 — November 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    haha, i’ve never seen that before 🙂 love it!

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    Katie — November 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    OH FUN! I’ve seriously always thought about doing this and never did. I’m starring this post to remind myself at Christmas. Too cute!!

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    Janna — November 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I have been dying to try this ever since I saw it last year on someone else’s blog. They actually baked the cake in the jar and then iced it like a cupcake. I am going to have to order some of those iddy jars! Too cute!

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    Beth — November 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Hmmm…might have to do this for Christmas instead of those “ingredients in a jar” thing we were thinking of.

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    Renée — March 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I really want to try this, but I keep reading online that you shouldn’t put frosting in the jar because it will get moldy by the time it reaches its destination. I’m sure you would have heard if it was moldy when it got to your friend right? I would just be so embarrassed if that happened. Any help?

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    Jen — March 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Renee – I’ve done this twice and both times haven’t heard of any mold. I froze the cupcakes/frosting in the jars prior to shipping them. I also shipped in the winter. My one sister even didn’t go get her package from the office until a week after it arrived and it was still good. I would guess she ate her cupcakes about 10 days after I sent them. I’m not sure if shipping in warm weather will have an impact on potential mold…

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    Renée — March 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Alright I’ll definitely give it a try then. It will make for a very good Easter present for my faraway friends =)

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    Jen — March 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Oh that’s a good idea!! I might have to order some more jars and do the same myself…

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    Hillary — June 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    What a clever idea! I would love to get a cupcake in the mail! 🙂 Maybe I’ll send out Valentine’s Day Cupcakesnext year!

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    CuteCupcakesAllTheTime — May 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm

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    CuteCupcakesAllTheTime — May 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Love these!! We have featured you on our blog. http://cutecupcakesallthetime.blogspot.com

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    Pat — February 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Did you freeze them before shipping? The jars looked frosted…

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:21 am

      I did freeze them. They defrosted as they were shipped. I’ve done it with and without the freezing depending on the weather and whatnot.

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    PinkSuga — October 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    What shipping method did you use? Overnight or Express???

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