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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Kara E. December 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

What a difficult question to answer! Peanut butter cookies are probably my favorite.

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Laura December 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Brownies are my all time favorite dessert. Yummy! What a cute giveaway too…thanks!

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em December 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Favorite dessert = a family recipe for M&M cookies. YUM!

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Tara December 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I have lots of favorite desserts, depends on mood, moose tracks ice cream, warm chocolate chip cookies and milk, pumpkin pie, and coffe lovers ice cream. Just to name a few, wink. PS I love the cookie in the jar idea.

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jenni December 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

i make a christmas coconut and raspberry trifle every christmas. it’s layered with a delicious homemade vanilla pastry cream, whipped cream, macaroons dipped in orange juice and lots and lots of raspberries. i top it with toasted coconut and more raspberries. it. is. divine. honest. it’s my husband’s favorite dessert. and mine. thank you for the chance to win just a generous prize. happiest of holidays to you both.

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PaigeS December 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Definitely Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Becca December 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Chocolate Chip cookies for me! Love em!!!

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Lisa December 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

So hard to say! Probably some vanilla gelato!

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Olivia @ Liv Lives Life December 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Oh gosh, choosing a favorite dessert is so difficult! I think I’ll go with chocolate chip cookies. They never fail!

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Kayla December 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Those cookies look amazing! My favorite dessert is a strawberry cupcake.

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Mary F Brown December 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I love a hot fudge sundae!

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Sheryl December 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

My mother’s graham cracker cake!!

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Kayla C December 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

A good chocolate chip cookie will always make me happy.

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Karen H. December 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

My grandpa’s pineapple cookies…or 7 layer bars!

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larissa December 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

cheesecake! thak i would love to win!

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Caroline Grossman December 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

My favorite treat is chocolate brownies.

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Maria Elena December 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

My favorite is Tiramisu.

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Sally December 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I love peanut butter cookies with mini-Reece cups melted in them!

319
Lori December 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

One of my favorites is Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream! But I have others too!

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Stasi December 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I love apple crisp…any kind of crisp really. or anyhting strawberry rhubarb

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Stephanie December 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

My favorite dessert is just plain vanilla ice cream with lots of fudge, peanuts, sprinkles and a cherry. It would be so cute in a jar!

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April December 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Chocolate Mousse…Yum!

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Jenny December 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

chocolate cake!!!

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Tori December 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

So many sweets to choose from!!! It was hard to narrow down one, but my top 2 would be Bread Pudding and Creme Brulee…makes my mouth water thinking of it! YUMMY!!!

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Cailin December 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Ever since I was a kid, my favorite dessert has been chocolate chip cookies! Mmmm!

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Michelle Torres December 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Oh, I have so many favorite’s but I will say I am crazy about homemade chocolate chip cookies!

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Jenny December 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Cheesecake!!!

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Karen December 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I love that necklace!!!! My favorite dessert is dutch apple pie! – Karen

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tina December 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Better than anything cake :-)

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Laurie December 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

G’ma Wells’ homemade ice cream – -even in the dead of winter!

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Chatelaine December 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

My favorite dessert is would be a chocolate cream cake. I made the ones from Purelytwins and just about died it was so good.

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Kimberly K December 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I love both tiramisu and coconut cream pie. I have a very hard time choosing!

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Amberly Thompson December 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Just so happens that MONSTER cookies are my fave!!!

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Amber H. December 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I love chocolate chess pie!

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Melissa B December 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My Mom’s pecan pie, or creme brûlée, of cheesecake……

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Katherine R. December 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

My favorite dessert is Funfetti Cake! While I love homemade treats, I eat this every year on my birthday and can’t ever get enough!

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Nancy Munroe December 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

My favorite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake. The kind with the old fashioned biscuit! Yum!

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laura m. December 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Pretty much anything chocolate! ;D No-bake oatmeal cookies, chocolate cheesecake, fudge, etc….
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Noelani Hwang December 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

my favorite desert are blondies!!! <3

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Brandi December 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I’m going to have to agree with all the other responses who listed their mothers’ Texas Sheet Cake as their favorite.

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Kristin T December 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Any type of Chocolate cake.

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KarlaJ December 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

German sweet chocolate cake with the classic coconut pecan frosting. Oh, yum!

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Kelley R December 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

My favorite dessert is cheesecake! I especially like pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake.

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Barb S December 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Coffee heath bar crunch ice cream!!

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Jenny H. December 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

My ALL time favorite is homemade peanut butter pie! We live near the Amish and they make a mean one…hee hee.

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Amy December 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Mum’s Rum Christmas pudding!

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Charlotte December 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Brownies!!
And chocolate eclairs!!
And Boston cream pie!!

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traci ridaught December 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

cookies….cookies and more cookies

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Brittany December 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Chocolate chip cookies or apple butter cake are definitely my favorites!

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lisa December 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I love love love a ooey gooey brownie with vanilla ice cream on top! Yum!

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Evelyn R December 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Anything chocolate!!!!

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Paige December 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

hhmmm…all time favorite dessert would have to be….gosh this is tough!… Creme Brulee….I still remember my first experience…Postrio, San Franciso…. I think my last bite contained a bit of glass from scraping the bottom of the ramekin so hard!

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Jacqui December 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

My favorite dessert is anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter!! Can’t get enough :-)

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Lynna December 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

My favorite dessert would have to be cookies! Or ice cream…

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Michelle December 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Christmas cookies! I enjoy making them as much as eating them and the flavor doesn’t matter.

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Katy S December 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

My favorite would be the Carrot Cake my Mother-In-Law would make just for me! She even made one for me on the birth of my son. LOL

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Cristy December 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I live in Miami, Florida. So my summers consist of beach vacations and key lime pie! I love a tart homemade key lime pie.

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Sara December 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Fruit Goop – 1 can pie filling (rasp. or cherry are my favorite), sprinkle with 1 Jiffy yellow cake mix, top with 1 stick melted butter – bake til golden. Doesn’t get any better than that!! :) Of course, add the vanilla ice cream, too!

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David Farris December 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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beth December 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I love too many desserts, but I’ll go with my mom’s homemade peanut butter pie!

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Stacy December 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

My favorite dessert would have to be cheesecake and anything covered in chocolate.

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Karen December 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

We are fans of No-Bake Cookies at my house.

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Lindsay December 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Flourless chocolate cake!

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Teresa December 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

My favorite cookies are iced oatmeal cookies! But I never turn down other cookies!!

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Susan S. December 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Cupcakes!

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Andrea F December 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I love plain cheesecake.

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Trina H December 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Choc-Mint Ice-Cream but it must be green in colour.

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Michelle W December 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

It’s hard when I have to choose between Tiramisu & Creme Brulee.

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Linda Dietz December 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Absolute favorite dessert has to be a large piece of Heath Bar Cake. I’m sure it has lots of names, but it’s chocolate cake flavor mixed w/caramel & pieces of crunchy Heath Bars topped w/whipped cream can’t be beat…although the Monster Cookies look yummy. I never thought of making them in a pan such as you used. Also, the labels that come with the book are a very nice addition. I hear Target calling!

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missy r December 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

shoo fly pie!

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Lea December 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

It’s hard to beat a warm brownie with ice cream and really good fudge sauce on top.

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Andrea S December 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Currently: Lemon Drop Cookies… And Cream Cheese Brownies…

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MaryB December 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Lemon pie (and it’s great in a jar)!

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cathy December 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Chocolate Chocolate Chip is my absolute favorite.

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Kathie Kirts December 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

My favorite dessert in cake in a jar… made them for the 4th of July and they were such a big hit. I am sure it will be the same for the cookie mix in a jar… so enjoy your blogs.
Merry Christmas.
Kathie Kirts.

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Susan December 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

My favorite dessert is definitely Cheese cake!!! I love it.

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Margaret December 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Napoleons! YUM!

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Kathie Kirts December 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

My favorite dessert is cake in a jar… made them for the 4th of July and they were such a big hit. I am sure it will be the same for the cookie mix in a jar… so enjoy your blogs.
Merry Christmas.
Kathie Kirts.

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Kimberly Clark December 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Anything with peanut butter and chocolate!! I would love this book. I have never gifted jar recipes and it would be so fun. Love your muffin top idea too!!

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Anna December 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Pizookies from BJ’s, so yummy!

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Kim December 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

So hard to choose just one! I think I may have to go with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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mariana December 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I love fruity things, but lately nothing has beaten cheesecake & cookies (with dried fruit or fruity toppings of course)!

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s hester December 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

chocolate chip cookies !

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Rachel December 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

My Grandmother’s Cocoa Pound Cake! No question! So many fond memories accompany each bite!

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Janet December 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

My favorite dessert is my mom’s chocolate cake. She puts coconut extract in the chocolate cream cheese frosting which puts it over the top!

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SarahKL December 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Mmmm… I’m crazy about all kinds of desserts! But I’m not a fan of nuts, so I loved the pretzel variation on this recipe! YUM!!

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Chelsi December 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

My favorite dessert is Tiramisu Olive Garden style!! :)

Oh I would love to win this book!!! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

:)

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Meighan December 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

blueberry pie!

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Stephanie December 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

anything minty and chocolate!

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Julie Fitch December 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Cupcakes with real buttercream icing

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Shelly December 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Ice cream!

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Liz Barber December 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

my favorite dessert would have to be strawberry cheesecake!

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Brittney D. December 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I love all kinds of desserts, but my absolute favorite would be Four Layer Delight!! I get it every year for my birthday and it never gets old.

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Doris December 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I love cheesecake – any flavor! But you can’t go wrong with any kind of cookie either!

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Sonia December 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I have to pick a favorite? chocolate lava cake. NO – carrot cake. NO – strawberry shortcake. NO – pie…

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Nicholas December 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

My wife and son call me “The Cookie Monster” so
these are right up my alley!

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Jessie H December 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Peanut butter pie with Oreo crust! Yum!!

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Joyce S December 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Well, I would have said my homemade ice cream — it’s so
rich and delicious or my key lime pie/Charleston’s key lime
pie (that’s a toss-up). But, after seeing these cookies . . .

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vicki December 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I love brownies or cherry pie, wait there are too many to choose from. :)

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Michelle Adams December 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Anything chocolate and gooey with nuts!!!!

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