December 10, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Desserts in Jars (Recipe + Giveaway!)

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags

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! :)


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

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

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

Then take your fabulous cookie mix…

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags

And dump it right in.

Handmade Christmas Idea: Cookie Mix in a Jar #Recipe + Free Printable Gift Tags

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

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

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


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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my life in tune December 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Chocolate chip cookies

Stacie December 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I love anything chocolate!

Natalie S December 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

My favorite dessert is Cookies and Cream Cheesecake!

Amy December 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Wow…it’s a toss-up between Creme Caramel and a good Apple Crumble….*drool*

Melissa Foust December 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

My favorite dessert right now is… coconut cream pie with chocolate crust! I made it for Thanksgiving and it was so good! No jello pudding packs, you use coconut milk and make your own pudding. Very decadent!

Jodi Jenson December 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I’m a cookie girl!

Lynda December 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

i love tiramisu

Jen C December 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Tiramisu! Or snickerdoodles!

Bailey December 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Well there’s so many desserts to choose from but probably cupcakes!!!! :)

Amanda Thompson December 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Anything Chocolate and Caramel!!

Jan R December 10, 2012 at 11:13 pm


mariela December 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

hmmm I would say cheesecake because I used to LOVE it soooo much but lately I’m thinking sugar cookies or Chocolate cake is my favorite :)

Misty December 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

My favorite is Pineapple upside down cake! OMG! My mouth is watering for it right now!

Heather in Boise December 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Many favorites, but one would be Oatmeal Fudgies! Love the mix of salty and sweet!

Collette December 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

My favorite is homemade banana pudding! My children cry when its gone!

Erin December 11, 2012 at 12:05 am

Cookies. ALL. :D

debbie December 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

Monster Cookies — MM!

Megan W December 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

I love homemade ice cream and pumpkin pie! I can’t just choose one favorite dessert!

Ken Molina December 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

Your photos are amazing. What are your settings? I love the one with the ingredients pouring out of the bottle with the diffused lights in the background. Slow shutter speed?

gina December 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

a simple but creamy piece of cheescake with a cup of dark coffee of course…yum!

Joyce Y December 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

My all time favorite dessert is a chocolate chip cookie with lots of pecans, fresh from the oven so the chips are still melty. I used to love them with a glass of cold milk but as an adult, a cup of hot coffee works. :)

Marissa December 11, 2012 at 12:46 am

My favorite dessert is chocolate cake!!

Christie Ryan December 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

Strawberry pretzel jello!!!

Lorina December 11, 2012 at 12:58 am

anything with warm gooey dark chocolate!!!

Charlotte December 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

Chocolate Chip Cookies are a favorite.

lydia m December 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

brownies….never can go wrong with brownies :)

gina kasprzak December 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

Cherry Cheesecake

Anu December 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

freshly baked choc chip cookies!

Tami Rodriguez December 11, 2012 at 1:23 am

By far, warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream with caramel drizzled on top! Thanks for the fun give-away!

Patti December 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

If I had to pick one dessert, it would probably be brownies with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and slivered almonds.

Amanda Deel December 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

Key lime pie… or cornflake cookies… I also love trying new desserts all the time!

Jennifer P. December 11, 2012 at 1:45 am

So hard to decide on a favorite dessert! One of them is definatly Creme Brulee…and german chocolate cake….

Sally December 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

Better than Sex cake! Yummy.

Chelle Chapman December 11, 2012 at 2:45 am

YUM!! Love the look of those cookies. Bet they were Delish! My favorite dessert is my homemade PB cups! They are so yummy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Crystal December 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

Wow! That’s a hard choice, but if I could only have 1 dessert again, I think I would have to choose brownies!

Mindy December 11, 2012 at 4:09 am

peppermint brownies! especially this time of year ….

Mary December 11, 2012 at 4:12 am

Any kind of dessert is for me but cheesecake has to be on the top of the list

Amanda Kay Tea December 11, 2012 at 4:42 am

My fave dessert has got to be my sisters pumpkin pie roll. mmmm so good and moist

Liz December 11, 2012 at 4:56 am

ANY cookie with nuts, but choc chip with nuts are my all time favorite!

Dana December 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

Mississippi Mud Cake. Yummy!

Carolyn December 11, 2012 at 5:56 am

Brownies! I love them! And pretty much anything with Peanut Butter!

Kel December 11, 2012 at 6:04 am

I love monster cookies – your recipe looks similar above actually. thanks!! Love your blog too. Your bokeh was great in the photo above!

Megan LaBelle December 11, 2012 at 6:07 am

Wow, I love ALL desserts, but it would probably have to be ice cream. Yum!

Nicole | Baking it on My Own December 11, 2012 at 6:33 am

My favorite dessert is anything that involves almond paste! I’ve been known to never turn down dark chocolate anything either ;)

Teresa G. December 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

My favorite dessert would have to be a shake! I know.. it’s not cake or brownies or cookies, but I can add pieces of those things to my shake! It’s a faster way to get icecream in I suppose!

Sanah December 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

chocolate chip cookies can’t be beat!

Laura Potts December 11, 2012 at 6:49 am

I love cake with buttercream frosting-my fav:)

Lindsay R December 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

homemade chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven!

Gail December 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

My daddy’s German Chocolate Cake is my very favorite dessert!

Melissa roberts December 11, 2012 at 7:07 am

Cream brûlée made by my girlfriend. Dessert always better when shared with close friend.

April Murray December 11, 2012 at 7:11 am

Hi Amanda. I <3 Brownies the most, but I also wanted to say that I love the "in a jar" twist on these cookies… I make "MOM-ster" Cookies every Christmas for friends.

Glbuzz December 11, 2012 at 7:12 am

Texas Sheet Cake and I lost my recipe for it! :(

Sheila December 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

I love creme brulee! My 12 yr old made that 2 yrs ago for a cooking contest – we gobbled up the test kitchen products every time!!

Holly Lauritzen December 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

Her cinnamon coffee cake looks pretty dang amazing! I’d LOVE to win this! Yum, yum, yum!

Shannon Welch December 11, 2012 at 7:21 am


EmilyRose December 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

so hard to pick a favorite! but I guess I will go with cheesecake!

Cretia December 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

Do I have to choose just one??? I like chocolate…chocolate cake

Jessica December 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

I love ooey gooey warm brownies – no nuts. Omg, now I’m craving…

Stella December 11, 2012 at 7:54 am


teri pastorino December 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

i love anything that is both sweet and salty!

Heather December 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

So many favorites, though my current one would have to be red velvet cupcakes.

Thanks for the fun and yummy giveaway!

Tina December 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

Favorite dessert….a tough question…..anything chocolate! This time of year though, it would have to be Pecan Tassies which I make for every cookie exchange. They always disappear!
Thanks for the change to win! Happy Holidays and good luck to everyone.
Love you website!

Susan M December 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

Pie! Pudding pies, fruit pies – I love pies!

Maria B December 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

My favorite dessert?? That’s such a hard question as I have an incredible sweet tooth! I’d have to say that right now it’s probably White Chocolate Pomegranate Oatmeal cookies. Yum!

Thank you!

Lara Hanson December 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

My favorite desert is banana pudding

Mary R. December 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

I love cheesecake!

Deon December 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

Ice Cream!!!!

LaLaLand December 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

My mom’s German Chocolate Cake

KathleenD December 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

Our favorite dessert these days are homemade cannolis. I’ve been eyeing this recipe book for awhile now and would love to win it! Such fun prizes. . . thanks for chance to win.

Shica December 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

My favorite dessert is a peach cobbler..soooo yummy

Lynne December 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

White chocolate chip & macadamia nut cookies!! Fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookies!! Hard to choose – love all cookies!

Tina H December 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

Chocolate pie!!!

Andrea December 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

Strawberry Shortcake!

Melinda December 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

My favorite dessert is my mom’s homemade chocolate cheesecake. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Danyelle December 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

I like ice cream. I eat it year-round.

Holly Moser December 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

My favorite dessert would be a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Just warm out of the oven is when they are best!

Susan H. December 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

I love coconut cake. Thanks for chance to win.

Tracy H. December 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

New York style cheesecake – simple, rich, delicious!

Dianne December 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

I LOVE anything chocolate…..but today, I’d have to say it’s the Snickerdoodle Blondies I just took out of the oven!

KC December 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

Creme Brulee.

Jessica December 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

I LOVE deserts, but my favorite comes from a local diner in my hometown. It’s called “Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Lava Cake”. It has moose tracks ice cream, peanut butter and hot fudge, a yummy brownie type cake, whip cream and a reese cup to top it off. Total HEAVEN!

Lisa Martin December 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

I love any kind if cake!

Nakia December 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

My favorite dessert is no-bake chocolate oatmel cookies! YUM!!

beth December 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

My favorite dessert is Granny’s Mandarin Orange Cake- a Thanksgiving staple.

Sue December 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

My favorite dessert is coconut cream pie…yum!

Carlye December 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

Red Velvet Cake! Yum!

Tara Lynn December 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! YUM!

Amber December 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

I LOVE chess squares!!

kim December 11, 2012 at 9:53 am


Charlene December 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

I LOVE dessert! Hard to pick just one, but today Key Lime Pie sounds good! Love the book.

Angelique December 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

Brownies! So comforting!

carol December 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Cyndi Solis December 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

I have 2 favorite things, caramel corn-I have a recipe that a neighbor used when I was a kid. When I moved away I asked my mom to call and get me that recipe and I make it every year! My second favorite thing is sweet and salty nuts; I found a recipe years ago from Better Homes and Garden and they are so popular that I pretty much make triple batches-delish!!!!

Sherri J. December 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

Warm chocolate lava cake

kelly thompson December 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

strawberry cheesecake

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

My favorite dessert is cookies

jan December 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

creme brulee

AliciaC December 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love flan!

Yolette December 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

Any cupcake in a jar is fabulous!!

Kathee kiefer December 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

Cream puffs! My mom used to make the yummiest.

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