June 27, 2012

Desserts in Jars Weekend with Shaina! (Cookbook Winners Announced!)

Desserts in Jars

I am so, so excited for my sweet friend Shaina. Her brand new, super adorable cookbook just came out yesterday! It’s Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine. Fifty recipes, all completely dedicated to desserts, and all in cute little jars. I’m in love.

Desserts in Jars Making Pull-Apart Cinnamon Breads, page 36.

Back in October, when Shaina was in the midst of baking multiple desserts a day to photograph for her book, I was lucky enough to convince her to come stay with me for a weekend so I could “help.” :) And by that, you know I totally mean “taste test all those fabulous desserts!!” :) We had such a fun, much-too-short weekend goofing off in the kitchen, staying up way too late gabbing, and indulging in some of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever tasted. All in all, we ended up baking up a grand total of 11 desserts all in two short days! :)

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After baking, we’d head to the scrapbook room and pick out props and backgrounds for the photo shoot.

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Then style it and take it outside for a photo! :)

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This beauty is Shaina’s Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pots de Creme (page 77). So incredibly good!

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Another one we did were these Tres Leches Cakes. So cute! I keep looking at the photo in the book (page 20) and thinking, That’s my backyard! That’s my spoon! I’ve made scrapbook pages with that paper! Lol :)

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Morning lighting setup in my kitchen :)

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And this. This was my favorite. This was life changing.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Parfaits, page 88. Make this first. So dangerously delicious!!

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You know I saved the best for last! :) How cute are these Macarons in a Jar?? Page 63.

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I am absolutely in love with french macarons and this was my first time making them. It was such a breeze with Shaina’s foolproof recipe! They are so cute and fun to make. So many fun flavor combinations to choose from! I seriously want to travel around and have macaron making parties now. Who’s in?? :)

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A secret note ;)

Desserts in Jars Giveaway!

I’m so thrilled to be able to offer a giveaway for five (5) signed copies of Shaina’s wonderful new book.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. What’s your favorite dessert?! :)

Contest ends Saturday, June 30 at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email.

 

Time’s Up!

The winners of a signed copy of Shaina’s new book, Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine are:

#174 Cindy
#465 Nolwenn
#568 Marie
#608 Autumn
#670 Jamie

Congrats girls!! You are going to love it!! :)

 

Have a great weekend, friends!! xoxo



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Debi June 27, 2012 at 1:40 am

So hard to choose but right now since it’s summer I’d say a good chocolate ice cream… or maybe s’mores!

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Philana June 27, 2012 at 2:00 am

Brownies with ice cream. Can’t go wrong.

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Tamara June 27, 2012 at 2:10 am

My favorite dessert of all time have to be triple chocolate brownies :-)

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Janet Thwaits June 27, 2012 at 2:20 am

My favorite dessert is coconut cream pie, but it’s really hard to pick just one favorite….I love them all!!!

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Vintage Paper Designs June 27, 2012 at 2:22 am

Macarons are my favorite sweets but in a jar they look so chic!
Fantastic idea!
Nika

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AllieQ June 27, 2012 at 2:23 am

Chocolate Cake

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Ellen ♥ Cardmonkey June 27, 2012 at 2:23 am

OMGeeeeee, just wanted to say how much I LOVED seeing your scrapbook room! And also your photo styling set up. Shaina is blessed to have a friend who can set up such fabby photos, looking simply yummy! Hmmmm, I will say that my most favorite dessert is creme brulee topped with fresh berries. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of Shaina’s books!!

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NicOle C June 27, 2012 at 2:24 am

I LoVe strawberry shortcake but this book looks amazing!

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Billie Hester June 27, 2012 at 2:28 am

I love Homemade Peach Ice Cream! Thanks for the chance of winning this great cookbook.

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Abby June 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

I love key lime pie in any shape or form! So yummy!

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Anna Marshall June 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

I LOVE strawberry shortcake!

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Stephanie June 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

creme brulee!

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Heather Miller June 27, 2012 at 2:35 am

I want this so much!!! I am currently obsessed with anything served in a jar!! My favorite dessert ever is cheesecake!

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Michelle Ramsay June 27, 2012 at 2:36 am

Lemon merangue pie (made with condensed milk!!) (hope you will post to South Africa if I am the lucky one)

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Denyse Mc June 27, 2012 at 2:38 am

My most favourite dessert is New York style baked Cheesecake! There’s something about that smooth creamy taste that says Upper West Side to me. And since I now live in Sydney (Oz) I’ve had to learn how to make it myself!

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Ashley Connor June 27, 2012 at 2:38 am

My favorite dessert? Easy! ALL OF THEM! I’m a sugar junkie! But I especially love a good white chip macadamia nut cookie! Delish! I would so love to win this cookbook! Thanks for the opportunity!

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Rebecca June 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

My favorite dessert on the face of the earth is Chocolate Pecan Toffee Mousse from chef Marty Blitz at Tampa’s Mise en Place restaurant. The linked recipe refers to it as R. G.’s recipe which is the original restaurant where chef Blitz began his career in Tampa many, many moons ago. The waiters at the restaurant will tell you that this dessert “pays the rent”. Personally speaking, if they don’t have this dessert in heaven, I’m coming back! The mousse is very dense, not fluffy, (who cares?) and the dessert is more like a chocolate tart than a mousse. Whatever you do, don’t omit the caramel sauce drizzled on the plate. They always serve it with a fork and I always ask for a spoon so as not to miss a single drop of the caramel. I have been known to scrape the plate with my finger and then lick the last of the caramel off my digit. Here’s the link: http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/eatingout/eating_r/chocolate-pecan-toffee-mousse.htm

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Jorika Oostdam June 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

Hi! I loved those beautiful photo’s you made, they make the desserts look even more delicious! My favorite dessert is homemade tiramisu with strawberries. I’ll have to try to serve it in jars next time, really cute idea! And so much more easy to transport… I’m a fan.

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Kate June 27, 2012 at 2:59 am

Right now anything with salted caramel. Delicious!

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Alisa Beth June 27, 2012 at 3:07 am

It’s impossible to choose one favorite dessert. I truly, truly love swee things! My favorites include: my mom’s peanut butter pie, pineapple upside down cake, cheesecake, and I do love French macarons too! I’ve been too chicken to try to make them but perhaps your friend’s recipe is the encouragement I need!

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Patti Williams June 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

My favorite dessert is cherry pie with vanilla ice cream.

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Judy June 27, 2012 at 3:09 am

Such beautiful photos Amanda! And your scrap room – WOW! Fav desert – hard to choose just one, but I think I have to go with carrot cake with cream cheese filling. It’s SO good!

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Maureen Chapman June 27, 2012 at 3:09 am

I have been drooling over this book since I first heard about it! Amazing! I love mini desserts…everything is cuter small, lol. But my favorite of all would have to be tiramisu. I make it traditional, as well as with many optional ingredients and versions.

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Zaara June 27, 2012 at 3:17 am

A cheesecake please.Yumm!

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Dale O June 27, 2012 at 3:18 am

smores!!!

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laura June 27, 2012 at 3:23 am

hard to pick one, but I made an orange ice cream yesterday night that might become a truly favorite for the summer!
the book looks amazing, thanks for the chance!
laura

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Tara C June 27, 2012 at 3:36 am

I’d have to say that my favorite would have to be tiramisu. The chocolate, marscapone cheese, coffee liqueur soaked lady fingers… And a nice dusting of cocoa powder! Yummy!

My family’s favorite would have to be banana creme pie or key lime pie!!

Thanks for the chance to win this book!! I’m sure it would see some great use at my house!! I’m definitely putting it on my Amazon wishlist! Everything looks so DELICIOUS!!

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Lara June 27, 2012 at 3:37 am

My favorite desert would be hard to choose just one but if I had to it would be banana pudding. I would love to win a cookbook.

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Kylie June 27, 2012 at 3:38 am

My favorite dessert is tiramisu…bet that would be adorable and delicious in a jar! ;)
Also love creme brûlée. Either one of those and I’m a happy camper! ;)

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Janie June 27, 2012 at 3:43 am

My sweet daughter-in-love, Brandi, would love one of these cookbooks. She loves to bake and loves to try new things.

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Anne B. June 27, 2012 at 3:55 am

Those desserts look so delicious! I love tiramisu. However, there was this one time I was at a friend’s house and she made a carrot cake. We both had piece of her cake. I loved her carrot cake, it was the best I have ever had! Now I wish I had her recipe because I would really like to make the cake for myself. Thanks for the chance to win this great cookbook.

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Mary Jo Spinelli June 27, 2012 at 4:01 am

These look awesome! Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite desserts!

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Rachel Elliott June 27, 2012 at 4:03 am

Coconut cake … Yum!

Oh my goodness! If I don’t win … I still wanna buy this recipe book for me and my mom!! :)

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Jodie M. June 27, 2012 at 4:07 am

All of these recipes look fabulous!!! My favorite dessert is a decadent chocolate cake. Sinful! I hope I win.

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Sue June 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

Desserts are my obsession right now and this book looks amazing! I’m currently into Key Lime Pie or lemon bars and the many variations of those flavors.

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Blog is the New Black June 27, 2012 at 4:23 am

Do I have to pick just one? OK, ANY type of ice cream. I’m not picky!

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Yunie Henoek June 27, 2012 at 4:23 am

I always love strawberry sorbet ice cream!

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Meg June 27, 2012 at 4:25 am

Lemon mengruin or chocolate brownies

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Charlotte Mayer June 27, 2012 at 4:33 am

I havn’t found a dessert I didn’t like, but I’ll say Old Fashioned Butterscotch Pie.

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Erica H June 27, 2012 at 4:34 am

I am a lover of anything cheesecake.

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Maureen June 27, 2012 at 4:39 am

OhAmanda, you have the best job, taste testing all these lucious desserts! I love anything that involves chocolate or caramel or both!

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Barb June 27, 2012 at 4:48 am

Homemade warm cookies- especially Snickerdoodles!

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Kareneliza June 27, 2012 at 4:48 am

cherry pie with lattice top in a perfect 6oz Weck jar!

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Chelle June 27, 2012 at 4:52 am

my favorite dessert is… er… are, I mean, yoghurt, gelato, chocolate brownies, and strawberries with chocolate sauce dipper =3

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Julia June 27, 2012 at 4:58 am

Hmm, favorite dessert? that’s a tough question. In fall, I would definitely go for a big slice of pumpkin pie, and in summer I have a hard time turning down fresh strawberry shortcake. But my all-year, all -around, breakfast lunch and dinner favorite would probably have to be frozen peanut butter mousse torte with a doubly thick oreo cookie crust, because everyone knows the cookie crusts are the best part of any cookie crusted dessert.

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Karen June 27, 2012 at 5:04 am

My favorite dessert is cheesecake -I wonder if she made that in a jar also! I would love to find out!

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Beth June 27, 2012 at 5:05 am

Ooh my favorite desert is a carmel cheescake….yum

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Kim June 27, 2012 at 5:17 am

I love all cookies! I think I need to get brave enough to try macaroons.

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Tina Euler June 27, 2012 at 5:21 am

My favorite would be the Tres Leche! And now in the jar its perfect for dinner parties! Very cute, very motivational. Thank you for sharing.

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chris June 27, 2012 at 5:26 am

My favorite dessert is anything with PEANUT BUTTER in it. It’s just a bit of heaven. Please Shaina……more, more and more!!!!!!

Chris

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Maureen June 27, 2012 at 5:29 am

Chocolate cake with rich chocolate frosting! I love the idea of desserts in a jar, what a great concept for casual dinner parties!

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Kathie Kirts June 27, 2012 at 5:30 am

The photo’s are so inviting. Could not decide which could be my favorite, they all look yummy. Could stick a birthday candle in any of them.

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Stephanie C June 27, 2012 at 5:31 am

Impossible to pick just one favorite desert as desert is my favorite meal! You can never go wrong with a cupcake, only if it has great frosting.

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Amanda June 27, 2012 at 5:38 am

I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter for dessert!

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S June 27, 2012 at 5:38 am

creme brulee but I can’t wait to try that macaron recipe!

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Wendy June 27, 2012 at 5:41 am

Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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patty June 27, 2012 at 5:43 am

strawberry shortcake in the summer and creme brûlée in winter. i look forward to making the peanut butter parfait and the macaroons asap! i am probably going to have the best summer ever with these recipes. there! i just set the intention! thank you.

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Gretta June 27, 2012 at 5:43 am

I have to say after thinking about it, my favorite dessert still has to be white cake with white frosting.

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kim June 27, 2012 at 5:47 am

I Love dessert’s for the kido’s

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Allison June 27, 2012 at 5:48 am

My favorite dessert is cake pops! They’re my favorite thing to bake :)

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Paula June 27, 2012 at 5:49 am

I love chocolate cake with chocolate icing in any form (cake, cupcake, etc.)!

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Kathy F June 27, 2012 at 5:50 am

I have been waiting for this cookbook since I saw your post earlier in the year. What a great idea for using those little canning jars that are packed away!I hope I am LUCKY!

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Laura Graff June 27, 2012 at 5:51 am

Anything chocolate!

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Kim June 27, 2012 at 5:52 am

My favorite dessert….homemade ice cream!! I love it!! And I love the whole jar idea too! It would be fun to make homemade ice cream, then freeze it in jars to serve at a party. Such a pretty presentation!!

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Lea Dorrett June 27, 2012 at 5:53 am

My mom’s chocolate cake the frosting is like fudge!

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Erin Lazaro June 27, 2012 at 5:53 am

That is such a cute idea. Those look so yummy! I’m gonna have to track down that book.

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Judy Christensen June 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

What a beautiful book. Even if I ‘don’t win, I will purchase this for sure – what a cute concept – thanks for sharing – Judy

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Mary June 27, 2012 at 5:57 am

I love cake especially birthday and wedding cake!

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Deborah June 27, 2012 at 5:58 am

Thanks Shaina for the great ideas my kids will love to do some of these jars for gifts. :)

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Vera June 27, 2012 at 5:59 am

Gorgeous photography! I’d love a copy of this cookbook! :)

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Sandy June 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

I have been dying to try macaroons sometime. Looks like a great, fun cookbook.

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Gretchen June 27, 2012 at 6:07 am

This looks like such a beautiful book, and I adore your organised craft room. I love desserts. If I had to choose one favourite it would have to be chocolate ripple cake ( I think it’s similar to an icebox cake in the US). Thanks for the chance.

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Kathleen June 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

Brownies are my favorite! What a beautiful book!

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Conna June 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

Amazing photos … recipes must be too !!!! Well done ladies !

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Mareen June 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

Desserts in jars are the best invention ever. =)
My favorite dessert has to be panna cotta but mousse au chocolat comes in on a close second place. And macarons are my favorite coffee treat hands down.

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Amanda June 27, 2012 at 6:09 am

This cookbook looks awesome!!! I would love to have one :)

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Tobie H June 27, 2012 at 6:11 am

Key lime pie right now.

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Diem Allis June 27, 2012 at 6:19 am

My favorite dessert recently is tiramisu cake pops but I love anything with blueberries, cream cheese or Nutella!

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Carolyn June 27, 2012 at 6:19 am

Lovely photos. I’ve never met a brownie I didn’t love : )

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Rachael June 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

I don’t think I can choose, I love ALL dessert (literally)! I guess it would be a tie between a Smores Ice Cream Sundae with a brownie on the bottom and any kind of pie/crisp/cobbler!

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lori peuterbaugh June 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

first off…. I work at Barnes & Noble and have been stalking this book for MONTHS! I have already ordered multiple copies that should soon be arriving. I am on vacation but will have several co-workers will make sure that I know a NEW cook book has come in (they are ALWAYS vying for homemade treats!) so excited to be able to get one of these sweet books! And autographed would be EVEN better!
My favorite dessert right now would be whatever I have just created and shared with family, friends, co-workers, etc. I love to bake and share with others, that is the sweetest part! Thanks for sharing the ‘behind the scenes’ with us Amanda!

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Cristy Rugo June 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

This is such an adorable concept, and perfect for portion control! :) I love the Tres Leches–hard to
beat as my favorite but there is one that does: Flan!

Thanks for the opportunity! Fantastic giveaway, Amanda!

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Vickie White June 27, 2012 at 6:21 am

My fav dessert is the old-fashioned banana pudding’!

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Cretia June 27, 2012 at 6:21 am

brownies, homemade giant chocolate chip cookies…it’s hard to choose just one!

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Cindy June 27, 2012 at 6:22 am

I can only choose one dessert??? So hard but at the moment it would be White Chocolate Macadamia Cheesecake. This book is in my Amazon shopping cart but I’m going to wait to see if I’m lucky enough to win it in your give away. Either way—I’m a winner because it’s going to be in my kitchen! Thanks for the opportunity!

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Teale June 27, 2012 at 6:22 am

ANYTHING with chocolate and peanut butter!

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Angie Venable June 27, 2012 at 6:23 am

I love Rocky Road Ice Cream! The best on a good hot day.

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Darcy June 27, 2012 at 6:25 am

Looks like a great book – thanks for the giveaway! My favorite is a caramel pecan tart so rich that I only make it for Thanksgiving. Yummmm.

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Sara pendarvis June 27, 2012 at 6:25 am

Picking a favorite dessert is WAY too hard! But I guess I will choose red velvet cupcakes!! YUMM!!

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Leslie Stover June 27, 2012 at 6:25 am

I love anything chocolate, but my all-time favorit dessert is my mom’s from scratch coconut cake with cream cheese icing. Nothing beats the treats that come from Mom’s oven.

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Linda Winchester June 27, 2012 at 6:25 am

I love nearly any cookie, except peanut butter.

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Lori Harach June 27, 2012 at 6:26 am

you just can’t beat a good cupcake! thank you so much for this opportunity.

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Southern Gal June 27, 2012 at 6:29 am

You make all that styling look so effortless. Great job!

My favorite dessert is anything sweet nowadays. OK. I’ll pick one. Carrot Cake.

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Deb June 27, 2012 at 6:30 am

The desserts look sew yummy and the photography tips were just as sweet! Thank you ladies sew much!

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CCT June 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

This book looks so cute!! Brownies are my absolute fav dessert!!

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Julie June 27, 2012 at 6:37 am

I love anything chocolate, if I had to pick one today, chocolate mousse. I would love to try the peanut butter parfait from the book.

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Heather June 27, 2012 at 6:38 am

Brownies for sure, but I love making stuff with my little girl – like cupcakes or s’mores.

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Ashley June 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

I love anything s’mores or anything with chocolate and peanut butter these days! Please, oh please, Amanda, give us a tour of your scrap room!!! I would love to see how it is organized!

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Audrey June 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

I love my mom’s heathbar triffle! Delicious! Or banana pudding!

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Emilie June 27, 2012 at 6:40 am

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Tart…or a really good lemon bar.

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