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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Dawn December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I used to say brownies but a really good homemade cookie is delish!

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Aimee December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

My favorite dessert is homemade chocolate chip cookies with milk chocolate chips!

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Erin December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Key lime pie ties with peanut butter pie!

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Maaike December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

CHOCOLATE! Anything chocolate…

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Candice H. December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I love love love cupcakes, and cookies of course!

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Cindy December 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Pie or cake with ice cream. Yummy!! Homemade ice cream sandwiches with homemade cookies.

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Kelly December 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Love any kind of fruit dessert.

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SEAS December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Caramel Brownies!

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Beth December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Peanut butter and snickerdoodle cookies!

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Betsy December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Favorite dessert……chocolate mousse.

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I’m assuming this isn’t open to US residents but I want to say that these are genius. I’m going to make them for my sister-in-law for her to make for her son. There – one person already taken care of! Hooray. :D

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Amilia December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

These look awesome!

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DebbieB December 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I think that would have to be cherry cheesecake!

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Holly December 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I would have to say it was a toss up between Pumpkin Chiffon Pie and Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake!
Yum!

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Emily December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

My favorite dessert is Sacher Torte, from the hotel Sacher in Vienna, Austria. I don’t often get it though, so my next favorite would have to be my mom’s butter cookies with almond icing.

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Joy December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Cappuccino Flat cookies.

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Jason December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Pumpkin Pie

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Paige December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven with really cold milk! Love it…

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Melissa Mathis December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I have to say ice cream for most of the year. At Christmas I love some peanut butter balls!!

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Madeline December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I can’t always eat sweets when I want to. But if I could- I would eat these MONSTER COOKIES!!!

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Sallie December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Berries and zabaglione :)

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Jessie C. December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I like carrots cake

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Lauren December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I LOVE ice cream! Can’t get enough!

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Kay K December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

My favorite dessert is soft chocolate brownies with frosting and nuts!!

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Amilia December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

My favorite dessert is chocolate cake :)

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Patti V. December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I love a well-made strawberry cheesecake or homemade apple pie. Yummy!

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Lizzie C. December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I love anything citrus-y, but key lime pie is my all time favorite.

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Janie December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I love brownies! Also chocolate chip and peanut butter chip cookies. Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Tawny December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Wedding cake! But it has to have thick buttercream icing. :)

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Maria December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

My favorite dessert would have to be casava cake and haleya ube (filipino desserts). They are always the first on my plate and last to be eaten! LOL!

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Aly December 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Favorite cookies would be pink lemonade cookies I make each summer multiple times. Otherwise favorite dessert is probably gelato

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Amanda December 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I think my favorite dessert would be some kind of cheesecake… pumpkin cheesecake maybe?

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Deanna C December 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake!

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amanda December 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

My favorite is reeses rice crispy treats :D

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Kerrie G. December 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I love any type of homemade cookies! I adore cakepops too!!

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Tina @ Squirrel Acorns December 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I’m not sure I can just pick ONE favorite dessert! But I love fancy cupcakes, and my homemade New York style cheesecake, oh and blueberry pie! Can I have three?

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Heather Christo December 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Coconut cake or something peanut butter/chocolate! (the mix is ADORABLE!!)

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Jody Bailey December 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

pumpkin pie!

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Stephanie December 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Ice cream is my favorite dessert-chocolate with peanut butter swirl.

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Jenny December 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I am a huge fan of cookies….all kinds!

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Kathryn December 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win, Amanda. I love your recipes with the beautiful photos. I have made several with great success. (especially the crispy shrimp. Yum!) I gave soup in jars last Christmas; these sweets will be fun to do.

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Donna December 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

My favorite dessert is Tiramisu.

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Lois December 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I love key lime pie! Thanks for the great recipes!

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Anne December 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

My favorite dessert is anything with the word ‘chocolate’ in the title: ice cream, cake, pudding, cookies, mousse, etc. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Kimmi December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

My favorite dessert – Angel food cake!

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Elizabeth December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Chocolate cheesecake!

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Janine O December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Carrot cake is always my favorite, but creme brulee is a close second!

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Maggie December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Anything with chocolate!! I’m a simple kind of girl! :)

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Deanna December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I have to pick one favorite? Really? LOL!

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Mindy December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Honestly, my fav desert is simple and healthy.
I take a couple of fat-free greek vanilla yogurt containers, put them in freezer for 45 minutes.
Take out and enjoy a slushy healthy yogurt treat!

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Katie December 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I love key lime pie!!

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Gretta December 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

My absolute favorite dessert is white cake with white frosing! Yummy!

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Debra V December 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

My favorite dessert are homemade brownie sundaes with hot fudge. Or maybe it’s creme brûlée. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake? French Vanilla Champagne cupcakes with buttercream frosting? Anything and all things featuring apples. Oh, this is a hard question!

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Kate Edenborg December 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

molasses cookies

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Anna December 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

German chocolate cake- coconut and chocolate can’t be beat!

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Peggy Dodd December 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Ooo! My favorite dessert is Brownie Apocalypse- that is, a warm gooey brownie (not the cake-like kind), topped with a scoop of coffee ice cream, unsweetened whipped cream, toasted pecans, and shaved dark chocolate. Yum!

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Jen Amori December 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

My fav will always be my dad’s famous pumpkin roll. No one has ever been able to reproduce it exactly. Sadly, he took his secret to the grave far too soon for anyone’s liking. Now I have only the memory of how wonderful it was.
My SECOND favorite is really quite simple-Nestlé chocolate chip cookies! They are perfect for dressing up or dunking in my coffee.

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Vanessa B December 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

omgoodness, its so hard to pick a fav, Im such a sweets girl :-) ok, Im going with Pumpkin Pie! and I really need that book, I love giving gifts in Jars! Thank You and Happy Holidays!

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Christina December 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

My fave dessert is cupcakes! So many varieties, and I totally feel less guilty eating two cupcakes rather than 2 slices of actual cake. Yum!

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May December 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Favorite dessert to make to give out at Chistmas time is coconut cookies. Flaked coconut, sweet condensed milk, and flavoring you bake by tsp.
Thank you for the opportunity!

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Kathleen F. December 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

My favorite dessert is carrot cake with cheese cream icing. Yum!!!!

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Amanda December 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

My favorite dessert would be brownies. But I actually love anything sweet! Especially this time of year.

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Maureen December 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling, and I never make it as I would eat most of it myself!

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Betsy Neal December 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Most anything with chocolate in it!

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LinhC December 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Anything and everything with chocolate in it!

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Deneen December 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

My favorite dessert would have to be anything with coconut in it :)
Those Monster Cookies look amazing.

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Ann D December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

My favorite dessert is carrot cake.

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Jessica L December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Turtle Cheesecake!

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Danelle Reilly December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Rice Krispy bars!

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janet tobler December 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

love new ideas
janet

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Amy Chambers December 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

There’s so many to choose from – and too many favorites!! But if pressed, I never pass up a really good piece of buttermilk pie, especially if it’s still warm! Oh, but then there’s Texas sheet cake, with that yummy, fudgy frosting… Can I have a tie for first place??

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Jenn T. December 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I used to be all about the chocolate, but lately I’m finding myself liking more diverse things. A good lemon bar is one of my most favorite desserts! Followed closely by a jam thumbprint cookie!

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Jane December 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hands down, forever and always, it’s brownies!!

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Lucy Lean December 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Lemon Meringue Pie

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Alicia December 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

It depends on the time of day you ask me, but it will usually be some form of cookie

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Cristina S December 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

My favorite dessert…I’m not picky…anything with chocolate! :-)

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Rachel J December 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

My favorite dessert is a hot fudge brownie sundae! These monster cookies look great too!

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Holly Bates December 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

My grandmothers peach cobbler! Some how I have yet to find one thy rivers her’s. sadly she passed away 10 years ago and all her recipes with her. Her peach cobbler was to die for with hot ripe melt in your mouth peaches. The crust was patchy on top but flaky and buttery with encrustments of surgar and syrup from the peaches bubbling through all the cracks. You always had to have vanilla ice cream to go with it as well.

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natalie December 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

My favorite dessert is chocolate mousse!

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marla December 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Such a fun giveaway + recipe :)

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Megan | EatsDaily December 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I am a big fan of cheesecake….but I also love a warm homemade cookie or brownie underneath a big scoop of icecream!

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Peggy Whisenhunt December 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

My favorite dessert is homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. I could eat them all day long. Just a cookie but I just am in love with them. Irresistible.

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Lisa December 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Cookies, brownies…well, just basically anything with chocolate.

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Barbara Noland December 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

oh…hard choice, but I have to say Texas Chocolate Sheet cake w a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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Aimee December 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Anything with chocolate!

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San December 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

OMG, I love it! My favorite dessert are baked apples with vanilla sauce!

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Linda L December 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

OOOHH! that’s a hard one. Whatever one is in front of me!? Something chocolate?! German chocolate cake!

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Ash December 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love ice cream sandwiches for dessert!

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sprittibee December 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Worm Pie (also called Grandma’s Surprise, Better than S-X, and a few other things) – basically a pecan pie crust with chocolate pudding, cream and whipped topping – and chocolate shavings on top. I LOVE it.

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Ashley L. December 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Any type of Chocolate Cake!

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jordan December 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

i’d have to go with carrot cake!

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Sherri S December 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

What a GREAT giveaway! My favorite ‘dessert’ is old fashioned good old pound cake.

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Jessica December 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Im such a sucker for ice cream! =)

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Cristy December 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia!

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Jenna H. December 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Chocolate! Chocolate anything. Well, not chocolate and coconut but most anything else :-). Thanks for the giveaway!

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Janice December 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Okay…if it has to be one, cheesecake (plain or with berries or with chocolate, etc.

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Jordy December 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I love any type of chocolate pie!

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Amy December 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I LOVE German Chocolate Mousse Cake… YUMMY in a graham cracker crust !

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Matt L December 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

any kind of Cheesecake!

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Sarah K December 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I can’t resist a piece of New York Cheesecake with mixed berries. mmmmmm….

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