December 10, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Desserts in Jars (Recipe + Giveaway!)

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

Time’s Up! The winner of the Desserts in Jars Giveaway is:

#558 dixie: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies w/ walnuts :) my FAVE!!

Congrats Dixie! I’ve sent you an email! :)

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I have a sweet giveaway to share today. :) Hands down, one of my favorite weekends ever was when my friend Shaina came and stayed at my house while she was writing her delicious book Desserts in Jars. We spent two days baking, photographing, and totally indulging in 11 ridiculously fabulous desserts that went straight into this fun book. Shaina’s book not only includes a multitude of decadent desserts made and displayed in jars, but she also has many ideas and recipes for jar mixes made for gifting. Cookie mixes, like this Monster Cookie Mix pictured above, are the perfect gift for any occasion, but they’re especially fun at Christmas! If you’re looking for a unique stocking stuffer or special gift for someone who’s hard to buy for, check out all the fun jar mixes in Shaina’s book. You can now conveniently find Deserts in Jars at Target! The Espresso Brownies, White Chocolate Spice Cookies, or the Spiced Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Marshmallows Mix are sure to wow! The cookie mix alone would be perfect for a stocking stuffer, or for a great gift tuck this cookie mix in a basket with a baking sheet (or a muffin top pan), a fun decorative spatula, (Target has the cutest Christmas spatulas right now!) a cookie scoop, and some decorative teaspoons along with a copy of Desserts in Jars. Perfect! And they obviously travel well if you need to ship any gifts this year. Shaina shipped me this cookie mix above and as you can see, it looks flawless!

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

Shaina even has free printable gift tags with instructions for topping your cookie mix jars on her Desserts in Jars site. So convenient!

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

Ya’ll know as soon as I pulled the gorgeous jar out of the box I had to make these cookies immediately! :) Just whip up a little peanut butter, butter, eggs and vanilla…

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

Then take your fabulous cookie mix…

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

And dump it right in.

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

You can bake on any standard cookie sheet, but I wanted to make these in a muffin top pan today.

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

I love how HUGE they turn out in a muffin top pan! Look at that gorgeous deep-dish crust! These Monster Cookies definitely live up to their name. :)

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

Peanut Butter and M&Ms… These are the cookies Santa wants on his plate! :)

 

Monster Cookies In a Jar Mix

1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup M&Ms or chocolate chips
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or broken pretzel pieces

1. Whisk together the sugar, baking soda, and salt and pour into the bottom of a 1-quart Mason jar.

2. Top with the oats, M&M’s, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts or pretzels. Seal with lid and attach a label with the following instructions for the recipient:

To Make Monster Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter (not natural)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl until well combined. Add the contents of this jar and stir until just combined. Form the dough into 2-inch balls and set on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the top sof the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Recipe adapted from Desserts in Jars.

 

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags kevinandamanda.com

 

Desserts in Jars Giveaway!

I’m so excited to share a fun gift basket of sweets and treats with one lucky Kevin & Amanda reader, celebrating Desserts in Jars. Here’s what all you’ll get!

 

How CUTE is that necklace?? I love it!! :)

 

How to Enter

To enter the Desserts in Jars giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. What’s your favorite dessert?? :)

Contest ends Saturday, December 15 at 8 am CST. One entry per person, please. Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

If you’re on Facebook, come check us out here! :)

 

Stay sweet… and good luck!!! :)



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1
Kathryn December 10, 2012 at 5:23 am

I am a brownie girl with all the fixin’s!

2
Kimberly December 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

Peanut butter cookies. But, I love almost all cookies.

3
Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

My favorite dessert is usually something with lemon; lemon bars, lemon meringue pie or lemon-topped pastries. Yum!

4
kim December 10, 2012 at 5:25 am

Shortbread. The recipe is handed down from my grandmother. Makes me think of her whenever I make it.

5
Heather C December 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

I love cheesecake, especially a white chocolate, chocolate chip cheesecake. Yummy!

6
Mandy F. December 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

Chocolate sheet cake (My Granny’s recipe) I but it makes a big mess and the icing is a bit time consuming, so I don’t get it often. I made some homemade lemon bars this weekend that have definitely found a spot in my top dessert lineup! I also love brownies and also sopapilla cheesecake. YUMM! (Ok, so any dessert really!)

7
Lee December 10, 2012 at 6:37 am

Chocolate chip pound cake, sooo good!

8
Jeanne ODonnell December 10, 2012 at 6:58 am

I love any kind of brownies.

9
Missie December 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

Cake, cake, cake…

10
Trish December 10, 2012 at 7:20 am

CAKE!!! Truly I love any kind of cake, but my fave is white cake with choc ganache. Thanks for the fun giveaway, Amanda!

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Jennifer Zaboj December 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

white cake with white frosting

12
Sandy December 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

I love apple cake, soooooooo good!

13
Kirsten W'ski December 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

Macarons! Or anything dipped in chocolate.

14
Jan B December 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

A moist chocolate cake with lots of icing.

15
Carrie Monts December 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

razzleberry pie!!

16
Elizabeth December 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

Brownies are my absolute favorite!!!!

17
Deirdre December 10, 2012 at 8:02 am

Molten lava cakes are my favorite dessert ever! Thanks for the chance to win. XO

18
Lara December 10, 2012 at 8:15 am

I love Texas Sheet Cake! Cute giveaway and gift idea.

19
Cara O. December 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

My Mom’s brownies with frosting!

20
Mary Lea Wolf December 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

I love English triffle…made with lemon curd!! YUM!!

21
Gi-Gi December 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

Creme Brulee!

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Mary December 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

I love cookies! My favorite are peanut butter with M & M’s!

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cindy December 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

Apple pie gets me smiling every time :)

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Karen December 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

Lovely photos and post! I love Chocolate Chip Cookies and French Silk Pie…. yum!

25
Megan Whetton December 10, 2012 at 8:48 am

Ice cream with tons of mix-ins! Mmm!

26
Lisa December 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

Banana Split is my favorite!

27
Kimiko December 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

I love pecan pie or creme brule… YUMO

28
Sarah A December 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

Almond Joy Chocolate Cake

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Dana December 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

Coca-cola cake

30
Kim A December 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

So many, but if I have to choose one, cheesecake. Funny story, last six weeks of first pregnancy, had to go to the doctor every week. My mother-in-law would go with me and then we’d go to lunch at a local cafeteria. I would get cheesecake every, every week. My son is now 34 and still hates cheesecake. Hummmm! Wonder why?

31
Heather Mayberry December 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

it’s a toss up between key lime pie (more tangy than sweet) and chess pie

32
melissa December 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

My daughter’s loaded brownies.
Thanks!

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Alyssa December 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

I love anything super chocolatey!

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Lara December 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

Anything chocolate…dark is the best!

35
Michelle G December 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

7 layer bars. Yummy.

36
Beth December 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

my favorite dessert is brownies! thank you for sharing this giveaway– the book looks so fun!

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Kristin P December 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

if it’s dessert, I’m not too picky :) brownies, cookies, cakes, ice cream…

38
Gretta December 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

A brownie topped with french vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries in syrup and whipped creme

39
jane December 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

i lovvveee yellow cake with fudge icing or ice cream cake!

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Rona December 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter!

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Mindy December 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

Anything with chocolate, especially Cheesecake Factory’s chocolate cake!

42
Julie Walker December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

Chocolate sheet cake!!!
Or anything with chocolate + peanut butter
ice cream
…sorry, I can’t pick just one!

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juli December 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love cookies! All kinds of cookies.

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April December 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

My favorite dessert is probably a buttermilk chess pie. Good thing not many places have that on their dessert menu!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

My new favorite dessert is my first attempt at a yule log Saturday! I cut it in half, dug a trench and loaded it with homemade peanut butter buttercream, reassembled and poured ganache all over the top. YUM!!!

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Chelsie December 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

My favorite dessert is cookies. I’m excited to try out this recipe!!

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BettyC December 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

Cherry Pie! (In a jar?!?)

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Mary December 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

Cheesecake! YUM!

49
Ericka December 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

My personal favorite are the mexican wedding cookies, soft, sweet with just a hint of nuttiness :-)..but these are wonderful surpirses! keeping my fingers crossed xoxox

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Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

My favorite dessert is strawberry cheesecake.

51
Linda B. December 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

Homemade, fresh, warm, chocolate chip cookies!

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Linda December 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

Chocolate cupcakes!

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Carolyn S December 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

When I have the time to make them, I love apple dumplings :)

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Jaime M December 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

I am not much of one that is for sweets but when I do want sweets, I love love cheesecake. Maybe it’s the cream cheese as I do love cheese a lot :)

55
Holly December 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love Tiramisu with a nice cup of coffee!

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Alyssa December 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

Ice Cream. Always ice cream :)

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kristen December 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

I love brownies and ice cream!

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Sara pendarvis December 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

One of my favorites would be a good ole chocolate chip cookie :) can’t go wrong there!

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Tonya December 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

Chocolate cake!!

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Marisa December 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

Chocolate cake!

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kathy lee December 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

if it has chocolate and peanut butter, i am in!!!! especially buck eye bars!!!!!

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Sarah T. December 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

Do I really have to pick? Pretty much anything chocolate wins over my heart but chocolate + cheesecake? oh yeah!

63
Chris December 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

Two-layer fudgy chocolate cake.

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Sydney December 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

Chocolate chip ice cream!

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deannab1 December 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

I don’t discriminate when it comes to desserts…I like ‘em all.

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Jenna December 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

Every dessert!

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Corrie December 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

Well, I’d rather have a second helping of dinner than dessert. But if I AM going to eat something sweet, it needs to be really, really gooey, preferably involve sweetened condensed milk and/or cake mix, and no-chocolate-please.

Thanks for the opportunity!

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Kiley M December 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

even though it’s SO simple, i’d say blonde brownies. although around this time of the year, pumpkin pie is my favorite too. i could never decide on my absolute favorite!

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Patty H December 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

I’m going to have to choose cheesecake, any kind of cheesecake, as my favorite dessert.

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shirley huckleberry December 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

my son made pumpkin bread the other night that was amazing so that’s my new favorite

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Beverly Jordan December 10, 2012 at 11:40 am

My fav’ cookie is making gingerbread men/cookies. they take a long time to cut out and bake but it is all worth it. I have made these jars and attached a cookie cutter man on the side as well. Enjoying your blog today!

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Jordan December 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

My favorite dessert is cheesecake!!!!!

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Cary December 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

Gooey chocolate chip cookies with a glass of iced tea or anything dessert that my boyfriend and I make together. (And that necklace is adorable!) :)

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Andria K December 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

My favorite dessert is Yule log. All that chocolatey goodness! yummmm

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Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

Oddly enough, my favorite dessert is Monster cookies!! I love them, could eat them night and day! So excited about this giveaway!!

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Lori December 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

Any cookie with peanut butter or oatmeal!

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Kelly December 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

Well there is hardly a dessert I don’t like but I love snickerdoodles.

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Cathy December 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Warm chocolate chip cookies!

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Stephanie Winter December 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

I have so many favorites! If I had to choose just one though, Strawberry Shortcake (with homemade cake and homemade whip cream!).

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Taylor December 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

I have a major sweet tooth and I love pretty much all sweets. But when it comes down to it, an ooey gooey warm chocolate chip cookie will always be my favorite <3

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brooke December 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

I’m not picky when it comes to desserts…I love it all! My favorite is fresh chocolate chip cookies.

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Rena December 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

napolean!

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Amy December 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

I am on a lemon kick right now, so Lemon Cream Cake!

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Amanda December 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

Chocolate lava cake!!! YUM!

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Kayla December 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Anything with Peanut Butter and Chocolate!! Brownies, Cookies, Cake! Yummy

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carol December 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies!

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Michelle P December 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Blondies with M&Ms! SOO good!

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Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Chocolate addict here! SO I a huge brownie fanatic – but it’s even better with filled with pecans and walnuts :)

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Kaity December 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I think my favorite dessert is a toss-up between cookies and cheesecake. especially if red velvet is involved in either. :)

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Lauren Norris December 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

My favorite dessert is my mother’s homemade Trifle!

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Jacqueline I December 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I have two favorite desserts year round – vanilla ice cream and fresh baked cookies! But around the holidays I get my holiday favorite – peanut butter balls!

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Maria December 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Just about any kind of ice cream!

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Alisha December 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Definitely creme brulee!

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Heather December 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

My favorite dessert is cheesecake!

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Lindsey F. December 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I am a cookie girl, and a soft cookie one at that! Love chewy and moist cookies- Molasses cookies are my favorite!!

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Michelle G December 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

My mom’s Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake!

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Francesca December 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

My favorite dessert…anything chocolate! I might have to go with Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake. Fabulous!

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Elaine December 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Texas Sheet Cake hands down!

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Monique December 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

My favorite dessert by far is homemade chocolate cheesecake. Yummy!

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Marianne E. December 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Humingbird Cake (a cinnamon, pineapple, banana, pecan cake) with Cream Cheese Frosting. YUM!!!

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Lynn December 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Ohhh….I have so many favorites, but it think one of my favorites would be Death By Chocolate! It’s a trifle made with brownies, choc moose, cool whip, Heath bars, Ameretto….yummmm!

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