December 10, 2012

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

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

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! :)


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

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

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

Then take your fabulous cookie mix…

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

And dump it right in.

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

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

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

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


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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Emily December 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I have a hard time resisting ice cream- it’s probably my go-to. Or cake. I can’t pick!

Christa December 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm


Krissa December 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Favorite dessert, by far, is Flan! I’ve never been bold enough to try and make it, but my mom does a superb job, so I leave it to her!

Monica December 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I love anything chocolatey & gooey. Give me a warm blondie brownie with ice cream & caramel syrup. Woohoo!

Lauren December 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Cheesecake is my all-time favorite dessert, especially if it involves chocolate and peanut butter.

Erin December 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Chocolate Chip Cookies right out of the oven!

Sarah December 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Chocolate chip cookies, warm out of the oven with a cold glass of milk.

emily j0 December 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

im a dessert girl. big time. so ANY DESSERTS! esp peanut butter and chocolate! oo ice cream too!

Nicole December 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Key Lime Pie! My in laws once drove an hour to find me one for Christmas

Stephanie DeArco December 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I would say lava crunch cake from dominos. Makes a bad day go away and I just put all the stress on hold! :)

Sherry Lykins December 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I love Bread Pudding!

Christen Sparks December 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

My favorite dessert is White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Stacie M December 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Coconut cake or Texas sheet cake!!

Christina December 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Tiramisu! Oh i absolutely love it. Also, Chocolate oblivion cake from Eatzi’s.

Carly December 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Warm brownie with mint chocolate ice cream!

Alison December 14, 2012 at 12:23 am

My favorite dessert this time of year is a frozen chocolate peppermint dessert! It’s easy and oh so good!

Ela December 14, 2012 at 12:42 am

Chocolate Cakes with Ganache and Caramel

Jen December 14, 2012 at 1:45 am

My favorite (of the moment)… Peppermint ice cream!

Michelle P December 14, 2012 at 5:23 am

anything Chocolate!!

Amanda R December 14, 2012 at 7:39 am

Anything that has coconut and chocolate…. mmm… my favorite!

Marsha K December 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

Fresh homegrown strawberry pie!

Stacey B. December 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

Chocolate chip cookies.

Cheryl December 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

What fun! My favorite dessert is cookies, especially warm chocolate chip cookies!

KRISTIN S December 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Cheesecake is my fav!!! YUMMO!

Kathy December 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Ice cream is always my go-to! Cookies are a close second. :)

Ana December 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

Chocolate Cake

Misty M December 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

Cookies- any kind will do ;)

Lindsay December 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

Brownie batter! YUM!

Amy December 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

My favorite dessert is red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting!

Jaclyn December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hardest question I’ve ever been asked =). Probably a velvety ice cream or something with fresh fruit.

Sydney December 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

good old chocolate chip cookies!

Andrea F December 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Chocolate chip cookies, warm from the oven and lots of them.

Janice December 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I love coconut cake!

Lisa Johnson December 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

How can I pick just one? ;)
One of my favorites is this pretzel & strawberry dessert.

Kathy L. December 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

My favorite is Almond Bars….and….Shortbread Cookies. You can always add Almonds, Pecans, Hershey Kisses, M&M’s, and Sprinkles to top them off. Hmmm, I might be baking this week end.

Susan December 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

My favorite dessert is anything with chocolate!

Susan December 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

My favorite dessert is Carrot Cake – yum!

Becky S December 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Double or TRIPLE layer carrot cake!

Tank top December 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Apple pie a la mode!

Jennifer December 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Russian teacakes!!! I LOVE all that yummy powdered sugar!!!!

Ashlee S. December 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut butter Buttercream… Oh my heaven! =) Thanks for the Chance! =)

amanda taylor December 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

I love Red Velvet Cake and German Chocolate Cake.

Sara December 15, 2012 at 6:30 am

Brownies and if they have peanut butter or butterfingers mixed in even better

Amanda E. December 15, 2012 at 6:48 am

I love those giant skillet cookies with ice cream on top.

Deb Dudley December 15, 2012 at 7:34 am

Linzer cookies with a cup of hot tea!

SUE KUJAWA December 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

Cookies, cookies and more cookies.

L.B. December 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Favorite dessert…is there such a thing as not a favorite dessert? Okay I’ll go with ice cream and cookies

Elisa Schaub December 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

My favi dessert is pineapple upside down cake!

Margie Visnick December 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I love anything sweet, but pie is my favorite!

Lindsey December 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Creme Brulee!!!

Lorraine R. December 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Santa Snacks this time of year are a big favorite…yummy chocolate, coconut nutty goodness!

Lisa W December 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I love chocolate brownies with chocolate frosting!

April Davis December 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm


Dara Campbell December 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

My favorite dessert is a big warm chocolate chip cookie!

Sonia December 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

What a tough question!! Banana cream pie has to be my favorite though!

Kara Kieran December 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I love dessert and sweets so much its hard to narrow it down! I think I would have to say Key Lime Pie though!

Shawna December 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Fudge! Yum…I love it. :)

Trine Secher December 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

You just saved my final “Can’t-find-a-proper-gift” problem. It’s a wonderful idea.

XOXO & A Merry Christmas,

Linda S. December 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

My very favorite dessert is called “Raspberry Chews”. Crust on bottom – raspberry preserves in middle and merengue/coconut on top. Yum!

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