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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Stef December 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

My all time favorite dessert has to be tiramisu. The creaminess and the blend of flavors is just to die for!

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kesha December 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

My favorite sweet is Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Lisa December 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Cookies!

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Tracy December 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I do enjoy a homemade chocolate cream pie with a delicious flaky crust.

405
Denise December 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I love profiteroles with chocolate sauce!

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TJ December 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Anything that is chocolate with more chocolate added to it!

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Sher December 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Love me a good soft sugar cookie.

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HeyRae December 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Brownies! Brownies! Brownies! I especially love the ones with nuts.

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Kimberli December 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Those look yummy!! I love giving gifts in jars, I can’t wait to get this great book!! My favorite dessert is ice cream and it never hurts to have a warm brownie under!! :)

410
Teresa C. December 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Probably chocolate cheesecake…mmmm! :)

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Beverly December 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I’m not a huge dessert fan, but I do like cherry pie. My sister would really like this book!

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KarenJ December 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

It’s got to be pumpkin pie. YUM!

413
Christine December 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Canniolis from the North End!!

414
Kari December 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Creme Brulee is my all-time favorite!

415
Jackie December 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Banana Split Dessert……Yummers! :)

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Maria December 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Fun giveaway! I could use a cookie right now:)

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Urban Wife December 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

My favorite dessert today (because it changes every day) is a warm, gooey Peppermint White Chocolate Chip cookie.

418
Rachel December 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

My favorite dessert is cheesecake!

419
Deborah bradbury December 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Pumpkin cheesecake

420
emily December 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Chocolate cake. Cream cheese frosting. Ice-cold ice cream.

421
Shannon December 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Tillamook Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream is by far my most favorite dessert. Mmmmm.

422
Athena December 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

My favorite dessert is anything with peanut butter and chocolate.

423
Nancy Gwin December 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

My favorite dessert is : Frozen Oreo dessert…so yummy and easy!!!
1 pkg Oreo cookies crushed (put a little aside for topping sprinkle)
1/4 c. melted butter
1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream
1 jar of hot fudge

crush your cookies and add the melted butter. Spread in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Take your ice cream and slice in 1″ slices and place on top of the crushed oreos. Place in freezer for a few minutes. Warm the hot fudge slowly in the microwave then spread over the ice cream. Sprinkle left over crushed oreos on top of hot fudge. YUM!!! Merry Christmas and Enjoy!!!!

424
Jennifer F. December 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Boston Cream Pie! Or macarons! Maybe I shall combine the two! ;)

425
Cheryl December 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My favorite dessert is cheesecake!!!

426
Gayle215 December 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I love chocolate mousse with whipped cream.

427
Carolyn December 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I love my version of Key Lime Cream Cheese Pie! Refreshing and yum!

428
Jana December 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

You can’t go wrong with soft, gooey chocolate chip cookies!

429
Vicki Sowards December 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

ANY cookie!!!!

430
Melissa December 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Chocolate cake with 7 minute icing.

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mary fanara coleman December 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

My favorite dessert is a really good chocolate cake.

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Kristine December 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I loooove ice cream cake!

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Robyn Conners December 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

There are so many favorites and so many I can’t have anymore but when I indulge it is tiaramasu or cheesecake

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Katie R December 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Favorite dessert hands down is red velvet cheesecake! Second would be brownies. Thanks for a chance to win an awesome prize.we are doing our baking this weekend but there is always a reason to bake something yummy.

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Catherine December 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Love my chocolate chocolate chip cookies!

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Heidi Harrell December 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I think my favorite dessert is banana pudding – the really bad kind, with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk and shortbread cookies. But honestly, I love almost any dessert. Off hand, I can’t think of one I don’t like. Not one.

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Jan December 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Oh my, what a great prize> Those cookies look yummy and I love them made in the muffin top pan.
Thanks for the chance.

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J Chapman December 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Apple Pie…hot, cold, good, bad, with ice cream, with cheese, one pie crust, double pie crust, any way, any time…it’s apple pie!

439
Katya December 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

These cookies look great!! Would love to win a prize!!

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~*kristi*~ December 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Favorite dessert? Anything involving chocolate, of course! :)

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Katie December 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Pumpkin Cream Pie

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Marilin December 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Cheesecake for the win!! ;)

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Renee December 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

My all time favorite dessert is cannoli’s, but I must admit I’m picky. They are either real good or not so good. Usually no in between.

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vaquerogirl December 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Almond Roca Cookies! Fun to make and fun to eat!

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Andi T. December 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

My favorite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake

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Aimee l December 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I love a brownie sundae! Thanks for the giveaway :$

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Sarah F December 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Im not to picky, but creme brule, cheese cake or chocolate cake

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Melissa M December 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is my Grandmother’s Pumkin Pie recipe!
thanks for the chance to win!

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Arilla December 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I could never REALLY choose just one favorite … but the first one that comes to mind is homemade-like-your-granny-made-it peach cobbler.

450
Rose December 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

My favorite is fudge pie

451
Casie Schlueter December 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

My favorite dessert is cheesecake! I like Vanilla Bean!!!

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Anne December 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Tiramisu. But her cookies look amazing and I really want to try the Monster Cookies.

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Brittany December 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

My favorite dessert is cheesecake!!

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Holly December 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

My favorite dessert is a berry or apple pie a la mode.

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Shannon December 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

My mom’s Texas chocolate sheet cake! Frozen, of course!

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sharleen December 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

That’s a hard choice but I’d probably say cheesecake or chocolate cake and ice cream!!!

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Karen R December 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Coffee Oreo Ice Cream

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Christy December 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Jewish apple cake, but for the holidays, cookies, cookies, cookies!

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Stacy December 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

That’s really tough…I’m going to have to go with cookies.

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Andrea December 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

German Chocolate Cake!

461
Laura December 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Normally it’s ice cream but Christmas cookies have been hitting the spot lately! :)

462
Michele Ross December 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I love chocolate cake! It has to be very chocolatey and moist, so not any cake will do. I made your Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars last weekend and they were a huge hit around here. I just came by to get the recipe for the brownie batter chocolate fudge cupcakes…might be a new fave!

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Karen J Moseley December 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Chocolate pie!

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Robin in NC December 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I’ve never met a dessert that I didn’t like! ;-) But I guess my favorite would have to be cheesecake!
Merry Christmas Y’all!!!!

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Martha Hermansen December 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

My favorite dessert is muddy buddies or caramel popcorn. I love, love, love dessert!!

466
Ali December 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Chocolate beignets are my absolute fave!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

467
Cindy December 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Any kind of peanut butter cookies are the best dessert!

468
Jenn@eatcakefordinner December 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

My favorite kind of dessert is red velvet cake with lots of frosting!

469
Jenny Z. December 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

so hard to choose! i really like cheesecake, though. my whole family does!

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Kim December 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

That is hard since my favorite meal is dessert. :) I guess I would say caramel brownie sundae.

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Anne Weber-Falk December 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Who doesn’t like a good piece of cake with a nice tall cold glass of milk!

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deborah December 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

my favorite dessert is pound cake, rich, buttery pound cake,
with or without chocolate, with or without frosting, just gimme
the cake lol ~ thanks, Amanda ♥

473
Dawn December 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I love wedding cake!!

474
Jane Mykleby December 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream and raspberries!
And Flan
or creme brûlée
Thanks for the chance.

475
Tracy Calzaretta December 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Anything chocolate!

476
Melissa R December 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Chocolate Chip Cookies, they’re a classic!

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Eliza December 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite.

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CAROL STEBNER December 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Oh, that would have to be Apple Pie!

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Courtney December 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I am a SUCKER for a cannoli :)

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Britt December 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My very favorite dessert (if i have to choose just 1) is my grandma’s recipe for rhubarb custard pie

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Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I love all things sweet :), but Cheesecake is my favorite.

482
Denise December 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Whoopie pies are my favorite dessert!

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Debi December 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

My favorite dessert will probably ALWAYS be ice cream…. (and chocolate cake – LOVE your chocolate cake recipe) Hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

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Jodie Potter December 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hello,

You can never go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie!!!

Merry Christmas,

Jodie

485
Hannah December 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm

My favorite is red velvet cupcakes!

486
GretchenP December 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

stawberry cheesecake! yummy! :) thanks for the giveaway!

487
Caitlin December 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter in any form!

488
Amanda J December 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Anything with chocolate and peanut butter!

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Anne Wainscott-Sargent December 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I adore my mom’s creamy sugar cookies with homemade icing. She would make them every Christmas and would always color the icing using red or green food coloring.

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Tric December 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

What a great idea! I’m going to do this for holiday gifts this year.

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Tric December 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

oops! forgot to tell you my favorite dessert – ice cream, hands down.

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Leah December 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

My favorite dessert is peppermint bark!!!!

493
Stephanie December 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

White cake with white icing! Mmmmmmmm

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Sarah N December 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like – but my favorite would have to be cheesecake!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

495
Leah December 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Peppermint Bark!!!!

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Marci Johnson December 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I absolutely refuse to pick a favorite. I love brownies one day. Cookies the next. Cake- swoon. and cupcakes- heaven…. I cannot choose!!!

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Diane December 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Brownies with chocolate chips & crispy edges~ or Peanut butter cookies, also with chocolate chips & crispy edges… or cheesecake, with strawberries, or white chocolate bread pudding with blueberries & sauce… okay, I’m easy!

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Jennyfer M December 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Chocolate mousse!! Yummy : )

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Liz December 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I love anything chocolate! Maybe my favorite was the chocolate cake made from scratch with pink peppermint 7 minute boiled icing. My mother made this for my birthday every year. Miss you mom.

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Tiffani December 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Chocolate chip cookies. I know they’re basic, but I just can’t resist.

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