Reindeer S’mores Cake Jars

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Aren’t they so cute? These Reindeer S’mores Cake Jars will be the hit of your holiday party. They’re almost too cute to eat…almost. 

If you’re looking for a cute treat to serve at a Christmas party or just a special treat for the kids, you can’t beat this! These Reindeer S’mores Cake Jars are cute, delicious, and fun to make. If you start with premade cupcakes you can make these in about 40 minutes start to finish. There are quite a few steps but nothing to difficult, and I’ve included tons of pictures to show you every single step. Let’s get started!

There are a few specialty items used in this recipe that you may not have in your kitchen. Please review the equipment list below before beginning. You can toast the marshmallows using the broiler in your oven, but using the torch allows you to target just the tops of the marshmallows and makes them a little easier to handle for assembling the jars. 

Some equipment you’ll need

Ingredients for Reindeer S’mores Cake Jars

  • 6 chocolate cupcakes
  • Chocolate candy melts
  • Graham crackers
  • Candy eyes
  • Candy coated chocolates (M&Ms)
  • Red, green, and white sprinkles mixed together
  • Marshmallows
  • Marshmallow cream (fluff)

How to make the Reindeer Crackers

Place the chocolate candy melts in a medium size bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and then warm again in 15 second intervals stirring each time until the chocolate is melted and smooth. 
Carefully put the chocolate into a piping bag and tie the end.
Cut a small hole at the tip of the bag.
Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface.
Using the piping bag, make a short vertical line of chocolate on the parchment paper.

At the half way mark of the vertical line pipe a tiny horizontal line going outward. Add another tiny line at the top of the vertical line. Repeat the steps on the other side of the vertical line.
Repeat until you have enough for 4 antlers per cake jar, plus extra incase some break.
Be as creative as you want! No 2 deer have the same antlers. 
Allow the chocolate antlers to harden. It takes about 4 minutes. 
Get 3 of the graham crackers and break or cut them into 4 rectangles following the scored line on the crackers. 

2 Ways to Attach the Antlers

Now it’s time to attach the antlers to the graham crackers. This can be done 2 ways:

  1. The first way is to use your piping bag to place 2 small dots at the top of the crackers. Gently attach an antler to each dot.
  2. The second way is to pipe a squiggly line across the top of the graham cracker. Gently attach 2 antlers to the squiggly line then apply a dot of chocolate over the bottom of the antler to secure it. 

Again, be creative! Each reindeer will have its own unique look. 

Pipe 2 small dots below the antlers and right next to each other. Place a candy eye on each dot.
Pipe a dot below the eyes and add a red or brown candy coated chocolate for the nose.
Repeat until all 12 crackers have eyes and noses. 
Set graham crackers aside and allow the chocolate to harden while you move on to work on the jars. 

How to prepare the Jars

Pour the chocolate remaining in the piping bag into a medium size bowl. If it has started to harden, microwave it for 15-20 seconds, then pour into the bowl.
Put the red, green, and white sprinkles onto a plate close to the bowl of chocolate.
Turn a jar upside down and dip the rim into the bowl of chocolate. 
Next, roll the chocolate covered rim of the jar into the sprinkles so they attach. Alternatively, you can hold the jar over the plate and pour the sprinkles on it. 
Repeat until each jar rim is coated in chocolate and sprinkles.
Set the jars aside in a cool place and allow to harden for about 10 minutes. 

Toasting the Marshmallows

Now it’s time to toast the marshmallows.
Place your marshmallows on a sheet of aluminum foil and toast the tops of them using a kitchen torch. Please be sure to follow all safety precautions listed on the product label of the torch.
If you don’t have a torch, you can toast the marshmallows by placing them under the broiler of your oven for 1 minute. Put the aluminum foil on a flat baking pan and use oven mitts when placing and removing the marshmallows in the oven. 
Set your toasted marshmallows to the side. 

Assembling the Reindeer S’mores Cake Jars

It’s finally time to put all these parts together!
Collect the cupcakes, glass jars, remaining undecorated graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, toasted marshmallows and Reindeer graham crackers.
Remove the wrapper from the cupcake and break it into large pieces.
Put half of the cupcake the pieces in the jar.
Place 1 or 2 scoops of marshmallow fluff on top of the cupcake pieces, depending on how gooey you like your s’mores.
Crumble 1 1/2 graham crackers (or 6 of the small rectangle sections) and put them on top of the marshmallow fluff. 

Put the remaining cupcake on top of the graham crackers.
Add the remaining half of the graham cracker crumbs to the jar for more crunch. 
Place 3 of the toasted marshmallows at the top of the jar. They will be sticky because they are warm, but the toasted marshmallows provide that authentic s’mores flavor.

Reindeer S'mores Cake Jars

Top it off with 2 of the Reindeer Graham crackers for the finishing touch.

If you want to skip the chocolate and sprinkles on the rim of some of the jars, you can tie them with ribbon or string instead. This will reduce both preparation time and clean up time, but the chocolate rim makes a delicious and beautiful presentation. 

Now it’t time to enjoy your delicious Reindeer S’mores Cake Jars!

Tips & Tricks

  • You can layer the ingredients in the jars in any order you like adding more or less of any item to your preference.
  • If your reindeer start to fall, warm some chocolate, dip the bottom of the cracker in it, and then place it back in the jar. Hold it in place for a couple of minutes. Once the chocolate hardens it will stay in place.
  • To remove the chocolate from around the jar, you can lightly tap it with a spoon and the chocolate should start to fall off. If the chocolate is warm use a spoon to scrap it off.
  • To save the contents inside of the jar for later, remove the chocolate from around the jar before sealing it with the top.
  • If you store them in the refrigerator the marshmallows will not be as soft. To make them gooey again pop the jar in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before eating.
Reindeer S'mores Cake Jars

Reindeer S’mores Cake Jars

These Reindeer S'mores Cake Jars will be the hit of your holiday party.  
Prep Time 25 mins
Set time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 6 jars
Calories 632 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Chocolate cupcakes
  • 4 oz Chocolate candy melts
  • 1 pack Graham crackers
  • 1 pkg Candy eyes
  • 1 pkg Candy coated chocolates (M&Ms)
  • 1 jar Red, green & white sprinkles mixed together
  • 18 Marshmallows
  • 7 oz Marshmallow cream/fluff

Instructions
 

How to make the Reindeer Crackers

  • Set cupcakes aside for now.
  • Place the chocolate candy melts in a medium size bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and then warm again in 15 second intervals stirring each time until the chocolate is melted and smooth. 
  • Carefully put the chocolate into a piping bag and tie the end. Cut a small hole at the tip of the bag.
  • Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface. Using the piping bag, make a short vertical line of chocolate on the parchment paper.
  • At the half way mark of the vertical line pipe a tiny horizontal line going outward. Add another tiny line at the top of the vertical line. Repeat the steps on the other side of the vertical line.
  • Repeat until you have enough for 4 antlers per cake jar, plus extra incase some break. Be as creative as you want! No 2 deer have the same antlers. Allow the chocolate antlers to harden. It takes about 4 minutes. 
  • Get 3 of the graham crackers and break or cut them into 4 rectangles following the scored line on the crackers. 

2 Ways to Attach the Antlers

  • Now it’s time to attach the antlers to the graham crackers. This can be done 2 ways:
  • The first way is to use your piping bag to place 2 small dots at the top of the crackers. Gently attach an antler to each dot.
  • The second way is to pipe a squiggly line across the top of the graham cracker. Gently attach 2 antlers to the squiggly line then apply a dot of chocolate over the bottom of the antler to secure it. 
  • Pipe 2 small dots below the antlers and right next to each other. Place a candy eye on each dot.
  • Pipe a dot below the eyes and add a red or brown candy coated chocolate for the nose.
  • Repeat until all 12 crackers have eyes and noses. Set graham crackers aside and allow the chocolate to harden while you move on to work on the jars. 

How to prepare the Jars

  • Pour the chocolate remaining in the piping bag into a medium size bowl. If it has started to harden, microwave it for 15-20 seconds, then pour into the bowl.
  • Put the red, green, and white sprinkles onto a plate close to the bowl of chocolate.
  • Turn a jar upside down and dip the rim into the bowl of chocolate. 
  • Next, roll the chocolate covered rim of the jar into the sprinkles so they attach. Alternatively, you can hold the jar over the plate and pour the sprinkles on it.
  • Repeat until each jar rim is coated in chocolate and sprinkles. Set the jars aside in a cool place and allow to harden for about 10 minutes. 

Toasting the Marshmallows

  • Now it’s time to toast the marshmallows. Place your marshmallows on a sheet of aluminum foil and toast the tops of them using a kitchen torch. Please be sure to follow all safety precautions listed on the product label of the torch.
  • If you don’t have a torch, you can toast the marshmallows by placing them under the broiler of your oven for 1 minute. Put the aluminum foil on a flat baking pan and use oven mitts when placing and removing the marshmallows in the oven. 
  • Set your toasted marshmallows to the side. 

Assembling the Reindeer S'mores Cake Jars

  • It’s finally time to put all these parts together! Collect the cupcakes, glass jars, remaining undecorated graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, toasted marshmallows and Reindeer graham crackers.
  • Remove the wrapper from the cupcake and break it into large pieces. Put half of the cupcake the pieces in the jar.
  • Place 1 or 2 scoops of marshmallow fluff on top of the cupcake pieces, depending on how gooey you like your s’mores.
  • Crumble 1 1/2 graham crackers (or 6 of the small rectangle sections) and put them on top of the marshmallow fluff.
  • Put the remaining cupcake on top of the graham crackers.
  • Add the remaining half of the graham cracker crumbs to the jar for more crunch. 
  • Place 3 of the toasted marshmallows at the top of the jar. They will be sticky because they are warm, but the toasted marshmallows provide that authentic s’mores flavor.
  • Top it off with 2 of the Reindeer Graham crackers for the finishing touch.

Notes

  • You can layer the ingredients in the jars in any order you like adding more or less of any item to your preference.
  • If your reindeer start to fall, warm some chocolate, dip the bottom of the cracker in it, and then place it back in the jar. Hold it in place for a couple of minutes. Once the chocolate hardens it will stay in place.
  • To remove the chocolate from around the jar, you can lightly tap it with a spoon and the chocolate should start to fall off. If the chocolate is warm use a spoon to scrap it off.
  • To save the contents inside of the jar for later, remove the chocolate from around the jar before sealing it with the top.
  • If you store them in the refrigerator the marshmallows will not be as soft. To make them gooey again pop the jar in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1jarCalories: 632kcalCarbohydrates: 93.8gProtein: 7.7gFat: 24.3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 502mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 2gSugar: 67gCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
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