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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501
Angie December 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Oh dear, I love so many desserts!! I’m going to have to go with Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake!

502
Jenn K. December 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

My favorite dessert is cake, preferably with ice cream!

503
Crystal G December 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Almost anything with chocolate in it!

504
Barb December 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Homemade Snickerdoodles- YUM!!!!

505
Chere Mortensen December 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Those cookies look to die for. Cookies are my favorite all time dessert. That is why I think twice about making them. They seems to call my name.

506
Nancy P. December 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Banana pudding is one of my all time favorite desserts and this would be great in a jar!

507
Sheila December 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

My favorite dessert in tiramisu!

508
jmac December 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

why, monster cookies….of course!

509
Karen K December 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Dobos Torte is my favorite.

510
jamie pennington December 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I luv me some brownies!!! Can’t eat them since my stomach doesn’t work!:(
Thanks for the chance to win some free gifts!
Jamie Pennington’
j-pennington@live.com

511
Lourdes Fay December 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Anything with chocolate and peanut butter!!!

512
Sara Olenik December 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I have a favorite dessert for each mood, so picking just one is hard!! If I had to pick today – it would be fluffy homemade Angel Food Cake with fresh whipped cream and raspberries. MMMM!

513
linda sch December 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

in the summer, apple crisp. now, something chocolatey…chocolate cake with white frosting.

514
Sherry December 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

So Many Favorites!!! Right now, I’m loving homemade Key Lime Pie though, with my homemade crust. It’s to die for!!

515
Teri Dingler December 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I LOVE pecan pie bars by Barefoot Contessa’s recipe! Out of this world and has become a favorite of mine to make and to eat!

516
Rebecca K December 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Cheesecake!

517
Cara December 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

So many dessert options to choose from! I think my favorite dessert would be Peanut Blossom Cookies. Growing up, we only ever made/ate them at Christmas, and now I can rarely bring myself to make them outside of the Thanksgiving-New Year’s window. That’s what makes them so great for me – they are rare!

518
Jenny B December 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Ice cream!

519
Kim G December 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Key Lime Pie

520
Jenny December 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

jimmy carter pie!

521
Kaytlin December 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I LOVE THIS. This year because things are difficult, I’m doing mason jar gifts! what excellent timing!

My favorite dessert is an upside down apple pie that my MIL makes (and I learned how to make) – i love it because it has TWO crusts. Mmmm, pie crust.

522
Courtney December 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

My mom’s Mississippi mud pie. I only get it once a year at Thanksgiving!

523
CCT December 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm

My favorite is homemade brownies!

524
Karlea December 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hands down it’s warm chocolate chip cookies and milk. Doesn’t get better. Darling idea for a book!

525
Pam A. December 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

My favorite dessert is wrm apple crisp!!

526
Jill Frankenfield December 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Strawberry pretzel jello…yum! :) Happy Holidays!

527
Jane December 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Creme brûlée!

528
Joee December 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I love chocolate chocolate cookies!!!! :)

529
Karen Carter December 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I love molten fudge cakes with Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream.

530
Christina Richmond December 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I have a sweet tooth, picking one is difficult, but I would have to choose coconut cream pie.

531
Mary Ann K. December 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I have lots of favorites but if I had to pick it would be Red Velvet Cake during the holiday’s. It is moist and so festive. My favorite change up on it is adding chocolate chips to the cake mix.

532
Mz Jan December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Why, Monster Cookies are my favorite! And, what could be any easier than finding all the fixin’s in a jar!

533
RUTHANN December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

ANYTHING Chocolate!

534
Nicole White December 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE snickerdoodles!

535
Amanda L December 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

……definitely oreo cookie pie (frozen). Thanks for the giveaways!

536
Jenn H December 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

It’s gotta be caramel cake. Yummo!

537
Mindee December 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Sex in a pan :) so yummy!

538
danielle December 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Really???!!! A favorite dessert???? It depends on the season….and the day….and the availability….and the mood….cherry pie…..or vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce….or cookies (mmmmm, homemade snickerdoodles! or peanut butter!) a coconut cake…….get the theme??? Anything and everything that isnt slimey (no puddings please!) LOL

539
Denise Kasbohm December 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

My ultimate favorite dessert is Always Tirimisu!

540
Amy Powell December 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Hmm there are so many I love…but I am definitely a cheesecakaholic :)

541
jenica December 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

i would have to say creme brulee!!!

542
Meghan December 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

oh my gosh, how do i choose? let’s go classic and say a big, warm chocolate chip cookie under cookie dough ice cream. YUM!

543
Amanda Byrd December 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I love red velvet cake!

544
Kristine December 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies!!! My fav. dessert is monster cookies

545
Liane December 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

My husband’s chocolate chip cookies are my fav.

546
JoAnna Grimsley December 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Anything with chocolate…chocolate pie, brownies; the Monster Cookies in a jar look fabulous!

547
Becky December 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

My favorite is Pineapple Upside down cheesecake. YUM smile smile :)

548
Sylvia in NC December 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Cheesecake! OMG, plain, fruity, candy covered, whatever! LOVE cheesecake! #cantgetenough

549
Mindy December 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

So hard to pick just one, love brownies, cookies, anything really!!!

550
Amanda Bumgarner December 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Mint chocolate chip ice cream with hot fudge!

551
Leilah December 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What a great giveaway and a truly gifted photographer to capture such radiant photos of dry mix in jars and make it seem so tantalizing!!
my all time fave dessert is …..

drum rollllllllll…..

Baked Alaska!! YUM!

552
Candace December 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I discovered a new favorite this Thanksgiving: Chocolate Pecan Pie!

553
Kim Henrichs December 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Cute!! My favorite dessert is a molten chocolate lava cake with fresh whipped cream.

554
Sue B. December 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Brownies!

555
Amy S December 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I love red velvet cupcakes!

556
Allison December 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My favorite dessert is definitely cake pops – something I make often!

557
Betsy B. December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I need to get a couple of those muffin top pans ~ I’ve never seen them before!!
My favorite dessert is …. a tie between cookies and ice cream. I guess I’ll just have both!!

558
dixie December 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies w/ walnuts :) my FAVE!!

559
Emily =D December 10, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I’m from Florida, so key lime pie will always hold a special place in my heart!

560
Rachel December 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

German Chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream!

561
Katie December 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Yum those cookies look delicious! And in all honesty my favorite dessert is your Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar! I’ve never tasted anything more amazing :)

562
Michele December 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I love shortbread and gingerbread.

563
Jenny December 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Banana cream pie, hands down! That necklace isnPRECIOUS!

564
tabitha H December 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

all time fav mississippi mud pie but come to think of it i havent meet a dessert i dont like ha

565
brandi williams December 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

i never met a dessert i didn’t like!!!

566
Fran December 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm

That looks like so much fun, thanks for the chance!

567
Amanda December 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

My favorite dessert is hands-down, no-doubt-about-it, ICE CREAM! Couldn’t live without it.

568
Susan December 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Love making any kind of dessert, but baking brownies with my kids during the holidays are my favorite memories!!!

569
Kim Swenson December 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Oh I LOVE homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting, but I think I will say Homemade Chocolate Chips cookies still warm and gooey out of the oven.

570
Annie December 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

My absolute favorite would have to be pumpkin roll!

571
Gina December 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Oo tough…but I do have a red velvet cake sitting on my counter that is divine!

572
Kathy F December 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Homemade vanilla ice cream!

573
Corisa December 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

My favorite has to be a slice of cake!

574
Sunnie December 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I like chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

575
Lori Peuterbaugh December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Dessert?? Favorite dessert?? ANY!! What a great book & giveaway!! Thanks so much!

576
Gina Myers December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I think my very favorite desert has to be New York style cheesecake. Though I’m usually quite happy with a small square of dark chocolate.

577
Rosann (aka Rea' ) December 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Going through thing with this cheese cake ( don’t know actual name of it… someone gave me a slice from Von’s ) layered chocolate mousse/ cheese cake/ chocolate crust with caramel topping… so sinfully delicious… can’t wait to go check out the name ( don’t have car right now), some time at bakery/bread give away at corner they have a slice… yum going to go look for it !!

578
Travis S. December 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Many, many, many. But my absolute favorite dessert is my grandma Dot’s Banana Bars w/ Cream Cheese frosting. It is delicious to eat freshly made – but I love to eat it after it’s been in the fridge cooled down. That 9×13 sheet cake – with a nice cold glass of milk – doesn’t last long. It’s always a favorite when I get to go back home – as she always has it ready to eat.

579
Heather Whyte December 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm

My favorite would have to be Ina Garten’s Ultimate Brownies. Espresso and chocolate combined…winner!!

580
Nicole December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

My favorite dessert is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

581
Holly December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

One of my favorite desserts would have to be homemade chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven. So soft, warm, and chewy–and with a glass of cold milk, of course!

582
Danielle December 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

My favorite dessert is blondie brownies!

583
Gransan December 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

As long as it has chocolate in it, it’s my favorite

584
Laurie December 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Cookies!!!

585
Amy B December 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

My all time favorite dessert is creme brulee!

586
Candy December 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Turtle cheesecake all the way!!

587
Judy December 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Key Lime Cake

588
Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

What a lovely giveaway! Thanks so much! My favorite dessert would have to be a salted caramel cheesecake or tiramisu…. It is so hard to choose one!

589
Laura Bowden December 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Chocolate cake! :)

590
jane December 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

COOKIES!!! Those Monster cookies look delicious! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

591
Nancy Ahlsen December 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Angel Pie! Thank you so much!

592
PatriciaD December 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

My favorite dessert (after monster cookies) is cheese cake (YUM)!!

593
Terry T December 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite

594
Moran T December 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Red Velvet Cake absolutely the BEST!!

595
Melanie T December 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies are divine

596
Deborah December 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

My all time favorite is angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries, cool whip and top it off with evaporated milk !!!! yum yum yum

597
Teresa December 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

My favorite dessert if anything Chocolatey! Love chocolate and won’t be picky if someone else makes it! But love to bake!

598
Kelly December 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Anything with chocolate and peanut butter!

599
Stephanie December 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Kahlua cake, so rich, moist, and decadent! Love me some monster cookies as well though!

600
Elena Lin December 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

My favorite dessert is tiramisu!! But anything chocolate also comes in close.

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