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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Lori December 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I would have to say brownies with frosting!

102
Rebecca December 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Wow, how can I pick just one favorite, but I think I love pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream the best! :)

103
Kat December 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Brownies – simple and DELICIOUS!

104
Melissa December 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I am a cake girl….

105
Sharon December 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My fav dessert is..chocolate fudge brownies :)

106
Jessica December 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Chocolate mousse!

107
Lisa December 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

So many….but if I had to boil it down it would a combo of ice cream & cake in a big bowl, at night after the kids & hubs have gone to sleep. Mmmmm.

108
Marilyn H. December 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Plain old ice cream is my favorite! But I love Monster Cookies too, and baking them in the muffin top pan is a really great idea!

109
Karla G December 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I love brownies!

110
Kelly December 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

No contest. Brownies!

111
Allison A. December 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Tiramisu!!

112
Callie December 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Chocolate chip cookies

113
Wendy December 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Chocolate HazelnutPots de Creme!!!! Is there anything more delicious than that?????

114
Sarah Mann December 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm

My favorite dessert is my Grandmother’s Cherry Pie!
(homemade crust of course)

115
Kai L. December 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

My favorite dessert is peppermint ice cream with a little hot fudge and whipped cream :)

116
Vera December 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Anything chocolate – chocolate cake, chocolate cookies, chocolate cheesecake…………

117
Melissa H from So. Fla. December 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream hand down!

118
McCall December 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My favorite dessert has to be cobbler with ice cream.

119
Averie @ Averie Cooks December 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Fave dessert – well this week it’s gingerbread/molasses cookies with choc chips but this changes, by the day and week!

120
Mireya December 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I love tiramisu!

121
Hanan December 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Hands down ice cream!

122
Casey December 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

My fave dessert is anything involving chocolate and salted caramel!

123
Andria Cordovez Mulet December 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Toblerone Shortbread Cookies!

124
Sarah December 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

SUCH a tough question! But I have to go with warm apple crumble (or crisp as you would say here – I’m an Australian currently living in the US) served with ice cream (of course!). Thanks for the competition and your blog – LOVE it!!!

125
Samantha December 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Favorite dessert? Cookies, pie, cheesecake, ice cream cake… I have to pick one?!

I LOVE the pudding cupcakes my BFF made for my wedding reception. They are so light and moist… Delicious! I think they’re my favorite.

But really? I’m not one to EVER turn down dessert of any kind!! :)

126
Maria Malaveci December 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My favorite dessert is one that I make “Carrot Cake”!

mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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Elizabeth December 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Chocolate Chips Cookies always and forever!!

128
Kimberly M. December 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

My favorite dessert has to be the strawberry cake from our local bakery. I get it for my birthday every year!

129
Tiffany December 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love cake. I actually love all desserts, but cookies and cakes are ranked the highest. :)

130
Emily December 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Right now my favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies. So yummy!

131
Sarah G December 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

My favorite dessert is Tiramisu.

132
Ali December 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Mum favorite??? As in only one?? Cheesecake since I’m too lazy to make it I don’t have it often!
Thanks!
Ali

133
Sara December 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Snow pudding! It’s a meringue sort of thing, with creme anglaise poured over the top. And it IS over the top…

134
Kristine December 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I love tiramisu!

135
Jacks December 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. I dream of it!

136
laurie smith December 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Anything( dark) chocolate!

137
Pam Hinkle December 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

oh, Anything with pettermint patties in it. Brownies especially!

138
Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Homemade cherry pie!

139
Wendy December 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Wow… it would have to be a toss up between my Grandma’s chocolate cake and my daughter’s Toll House cookies.

140
Susanna B December 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

any kind of homemade donuts!!! yummm!!!

141
Justin December 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

My favorite dessert ever has to be Banana Chocolate Royale Cake!

142
Tina December 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

My favorite dessert is a moist slice of indulgent chocolate cake.

143
Lea December 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Cake!

144
Susan December 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I LOVE Coconut Cream Pie, but I am just reading Hummingbird Cake, and I might have to try that.
As always thanks for the chance to win.

145
Rachael F December 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Cheesecake (pumpkin, plain, just about any kind)

146
Peggy December 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Creme brulee!

147
Sobeida Rodriguez December 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I would have to say I’m a lover of fudgey brownies :D

148
Ali b. December 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Apart from pretty much EVERYthing sweet, my favorite dessert is a really good, fluffy yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. So simple but cures every woe!

149
kristin December 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

anything with white chocolate or caramel. Or both!

150
Martha December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I love anything lemon. Yummy!!!!

151
Brianna December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Anything with chocolate has my vote, I’m not too picky.

152
Carrie W December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

My favorite dessert is chocolate mousse.

153
Rebekah December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Fried ice cream! It’s my favorite because it’s something I can’t make at home, which makes it special :)

154
Dawn December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Those look yummy! I have lots of favorite desserts, but I love pineapple upside down cake!

155
jaime j. December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Watergate salad…..cool whip, pistachio pudding mix, pecans, maraschino cherries, pineapple, and mini colored marshmallows!

156
Mel H December 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Cheesecake…especially the white chocolate peppermint at Cheesecake Factory this time of year!

157
Cody @ Solemn Sound December 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My favorite dessert has to be Homemade Ice Cream from the event Cracker Christmas. It’s spun by a tractor looking thing and comes only once a year. I love the way the chocolate ice cream taste. It’s so soft and yummy. Yup, my favorite.

Thanks for the give away,
Cody @Solemn Sound

158
Jen December 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Lemon Pie. Anything lemon, actually!

159
Lynda December 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Mile high cheesecake pie :9

160
Becky December 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My favorite dessert is plain ol’ fudge!

161
Melissa December 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Cheesecake!!!

162
bonniegunkel December 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Creme brulee! Merry Christmas!

163
kimber December 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I am a lover of all things dessert, but flourless chocolate torte with raspberry sauce is a particular weakness.
And feel free to pick me. My birthday is the 15th, and I’ll need some consoling, as it’s my 50th! :(

164
AllieQ December 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I love Chocolate Cake

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Miranda December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

My favorite dessert is CHEESECAKE.. just about ANY kind of cheesecake :)
The Monster cookies look AMAZING!!! :)

166
Kelli December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I love panna cotta with some marmalade and candied walnuts on top. Just one favorite, but I think it would be really cool if it were made in a jar! I love Shaina too.

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Mendy December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I have lots of favorites but I have to say I love making and eating pumpkin bread! It smells wonderful and tastes so yummy. I make it into pumpkin roll with cream cheese icing too. I also love homemade chocolate chip, monster, and sugar cookies. They don’t last long in my kitchen!

168
Amy A. December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Cheesecake or apple stack cake.

169
Amanda December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

My favorite has to be my mom’s homemade peanut butter brownies right out of the oven with some vanilla ice cream on top :)

170
Terri December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

My all time favorite is Bread Pudding!!!! I just love it. There are many kinds but my favorite is pumpkin bread pudding! Yummy!!

171
Ellen Goodman December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Pumpkin pie…

172
Susan December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

“Almost” every dessert, “most” chocolate things (a girl has to have standards), but right now – today- at this moment, I’ll say homemade Monster Bars

173
Kara D December 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I love chocolate cake!

174
Judie K. December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

My favorite dessert is probably Grape Nut pudding with whipped cream from a can! :)

175
Sarah Cassio December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

My favorite dessert is the Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity. Thank you for the chance to win.

176
Samantha Martin December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I’d have to say blueberry cobbler with ice cream!!

177
Nalani Tsue December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I have so many favorites!! Right now, my top three are tiramisu (always), snowball cookies, and chocolate lava cake with vanilla gelato. Yum!

178
AmyJ December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

My grandma’s german chocolate cake.

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Samantha December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

My favorite is carrot cake! I would love to have the new Desserts in Jars book!! Thank you!

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Elin December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I love carrot cake!

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kimberly jones December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Normally I’d say carrot cake cupcakes but I’m going to make some of these jars this weekend and since I’ll need to try them before I give them out…it might be these. Thanks for having such a great blog. Came because of the photography…stayed because of the content. You two rock!

182
Chloe December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I’d have to say my favorite dessert is cheesecake. You just can never go wrong with cheesecake. :)

183
Debra D. December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Pralines!

184
Jen Hutchinson December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Icebox Lemon Pie

185
Sue December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Kahlua Brownies are to die for.

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kim December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

brownies are my go to dessert!

187
Donna Maligno December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Favorite? What do you mean? They are ALL my favorites! Anything sweet…mmmm! But I do have to go with anything choclolate. I love Ritz Cracker/Peanut Butter sandwiches dipped in chocolate — to die for!!

188
Krista December 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Cherry cheesecake delight!

189
Sandy_in_MD December 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, but these Monster Cookies look very tasty!

190
Alyssa McVey December 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I love anything with pistachios in it! I don’t like pistachios by themselves, but I love pistachio pudding and ice cream mixed together. Mmmmmm!

191
Chrissy December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Mmmmm….anything with chocolate! Or caramel! Or both!

192
erikak December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I thought I had my favorite dessert picked out until I saw all the other ones listed in the comments… I’ll take any of the above. Or fresh hot peach cobbler. :)

193
Megan December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Anything with chocolate!

194
Carole December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Creme Brulee

195
Diane P. December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Well most anything chocolate but definitely my chocolate sheet cake!

196
Dwina December 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Pecan Pie — the traditional southern classic — has to be one of my favorites.

197
K December 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

LOVE Creme Brulee!

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Niki December 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Almond Biscotti are by far my favorite and chocolate chip cookies!

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Wendy Newcomb December 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

My favorite dessert is Pecan Pie.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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Michele Schwartz December 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Pie! Cheesecake, coconut cream, berry — any kind of pie!

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