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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Dalia December 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

My favorite dessert is an Italian cake called “The baby Jesus Cake”, I know, but that is what it’s called at the restaurant that I had it. It is truly amazing and I wish I had the recipe. It’s from a small lovely Italian restaurant in NYC and it is so delicious!

Janel Semonasky December 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

I love any and all desserts!! Homemade peanut butter cookies are especially amazing though

Emily December 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

Cheesecake! I could eat it just about anytime!

vanessa December 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

My all time favorite is red velvet cake with cream cheese icing yummmmy!

Althea December 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

It’s hard to choose a favorite dessert…but I’ll have to go with Leche Flan. Not only is it delicious, but also a family tradition to make at Christmas time.

holly December 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

i love brownies, and my mom and i make a brownie trifle with heath bits that i just cannot leave alone!

Laura D December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

Even though I love to bake and make tasty treats, I am simple when it comes to what I love for dessert. I love plain, vanilla bean ice cream!

LauraEmm December 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

My mom’s cheesecake… the BEST!! :)

Chris December 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

Do I have to pick just one??? I’d have to say anything with dark chocolate makes me smile. =)

Julie December 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

No-bake cookies…I have loved them since I was a little girl!

Sarah Harmeyer December 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

My favorite dessert is a thick, fudgy warm brownie.

Megan Regele December 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

My favorite dessert is an Oatmeal Carmelita bar!

Laurie W.--MA December 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

My favorite dessert depends on the season. I’ve satisfied my apple pie/pumpkin pie fall cravings. Now, I’m looking forward to lots of Christmas cookies and gingerbread!

kristin t December 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate chips and chocolate ganache! mmm….ganache!!!

Nancy December 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Tiramisu!!!! Dessert, coffee & liquor…all in one!

Kristin December 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I can’t pick one favorite. Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cake, pie, its all good!

Debbie December 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Chewy brownies with vanilla ice cream… just can’t go wrong with this!!

Christine December 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

My favorite dessert would have to be chocolate chip cookies. I could eat a dozen at a time!

Karen Thompson December 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Of course my favorite dessert is one of the most fattening! But at Christmas time, I could not care less – its good ole’ southern PECAN PIE!

Jenn H December 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Red Velvet anything!!!!!

Gena@BakeAllTheThings! December 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

As of Friday night it’s sticky toffee pudding in a pool of caramel sauce with salted caramel whipped cream!

Kimberly Cox December 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Carrot cake is my favorite dessert!

emma December 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Cherry cheese coffee cake by pampered chef!

Sheri December 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Brownies and chocolate chip cookies!!! Yummy!!!!

Jennie G December 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Frosting – oh is that not a dessert! Anything with frosting on it… cake, cupcakes, texas sheet cake – you name it!

Mackenzie December 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I tend to like most all desserts but cookies, cheesecake, and pie are probably a few of my favorites!!

Janet December 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Thanks again for such wonderful give-a-ways. Snickerdoodles warm the soul and tickle my tastebuds.

libbywilko December 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I adore chocolate mud cake with vanilla bean icecream , thanks for the chance!

Melissa December 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Ooooh…. I love white chocolate cheesecake!

Renee F. December 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I love anything with toffee. :) Although my all time favorite is the 7-layer bars. :)

Laura W December 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

My favorite dessert is brownies!

Cathy December 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I LOVE peppermint stick ice cream – been my favorite since I was a small child.

Jennifer Cleaver December 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Strawberry shortcake trifle. Yumm!

Jada December 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hands down has to be my homemade Tiramisu but I love making cookies from mixes like this. I make bagged biscuit mixes and give them with homemade Jelly for Christmas. Love this!!

Katie W December 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Ice Cream…any kind :)

Toni December 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Brownies!!! with lots of frosting!!!

Terri Carter December 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

My new favorite is an absolutely amazing B

Mimi December 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

My favorite dessert is chocolate lava cake!

Marlo Dunlop December 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I guess I would say my favourite dessert would be a chocolate cake made with miracle whip dressing. It is so good with a rich creamy icing!

Lynne December 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I LOVE Lemon Pound Cake, with Lemon Icing. BTW, so glad to see you back. I missed you☺

Cecilia December 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

My FAVORITE dessert is: GINGERBREAD TRIFLE, I only have during this time of the year.

Tawnya December 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

White wedding cake is my fav!

Debbi December 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

Melissa K December 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Oh my gosh…I have to actually pick one favorite?? Impossible :) I love all desserts but cookies & chocolate rank pretty high ;)

Jen D. December 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Those little cookies with a Reese’s Cup in the middle……YUMMM!!

Jen R December 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I love creme brulee, chocolate chip ice cream, and Mexican chocolate cookies! (separately, not together!! haha)

Carol Opalinski December 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Cannolis are my absolute favorite dessert!

Greg December 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

So many to choose from. But if I have to pick one I’d say Red Velvet cake with cream cheese icing (at home). Best one if I’m out is the Mile High Mudd Pie at Red Robin.

Krystal L. December 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Those cookies look amazing… My favorite dessert would have to be Cheesecake! Oh yummy! :D

Jodie December 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Anything and everything sweet!

Jeanette December 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I LOVE sugar cookies!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

love this! I have something SO similar coming up!! xoxoxo

Theresa J December 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I love Cheesecake

cheepincharge December 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Hmmm…I don’t have a favorite…I love all things sweet!

Nora December 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

My favorite dessert is Oreo brownies… Mmmmm….

Cassandra December 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

My favorite dessert would be ice cream!!

roopa December 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hazelnut Gelato – I can never ever resist!

Cindy Burke December 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Peanut butter cookies with butterscotch chips

Kimi December 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

My favorite is russian tea cookies

Jennifer Czarnecki December 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Anything with peanut butter and chocolate!

Susan M. December 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Anything with chocolate and peanut butter–can’t miss with that combination!

Carlee December 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm


janice December 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I love cake,all kinds!

Cynthia December 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

My absolute favorite dessert is Japanese Fruit Cake – a wonderful 4-layer Southern cake with coconut, pecans, and pineapple.

Kristin December 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I love red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting! So delish!

Christina December 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Pretty much any chocolate dessert is my favorite.

Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen December 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Peanut Butter cookies!!

Stacy December 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

My favorite is a hefty slice of chocolate cake!

Wendy December 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

My favorite dessert ever…..Red Velvet Cheesecake!! :)


Karie @ The HoB December 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I love cookies!!

Nicole M Miller December 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Chocolate pie with a graham cracker crust.

Janice December 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

We’re Portuguese and my grandma used to always make Pasteis de Nata, which are little custard filled tarts. They’re so delicious! As a mother I plan on making these for my kids to enjoy.

Heather December 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Turtle cake

Courtney December 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I ♥ red velvet cake! I could eat it for lunch everyday!

Stacey M December 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Anything chocolate. And cherry pie…but not together!

Kate December 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

My mom make a butterscotch pudding torte that is my favorite dessert in the world!

Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Warm chocolate chip and walnut cookies or bread pudding are my fave!!! :) Miss our chats!

Allyson December 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

AMAZING!! i love anything sweet, but mostly banana creme brulee. its sooo good.

Allyson December 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm

and pumpkin pie!! anything with pumpkin.

wendy December 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Cheesecake! Never can have too much cheesecake :)

Lacey December 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Nothing beats a thick, chewy chocolate chip cookie with walnuts. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kim G. December 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm


Neil December 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I would have to say brownies

Kristyn December 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Awesome giveaway!! I love deserts baked in jars. Love them!! But, my favorite desert has to be chocolate-cherry cake. Not only is it easy (just three ingredients), but it’s moist, chocolaty and delicious.

April was in CT now CA December 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Chocolate lava cake!

Amy Tong December 12, 2012 at 2:16 am

My favorite dessert is Lemon Meringue Pie. hm…I think they’ll taste wonderful in a jar too. :)

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rebecca December 12, 2012 at 5:20 am

any dessert could be my favorite dessert. i am a sweetaholic, what can i say. depends on my mood. but if i had to only choose one, you know, like a dying wish, it would have to be a croquembouche.

Amy December 12, 2012 at 7:21 am

We LOVE Monkey Bread in our house – for every occasion!

Jenny R. December 12, 2012 at 7:22 am

It is a tie between creme brulee and any cream stuffed cookie. Would love this cookbook!

Jen December 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

I love shortbread!

Kristen December 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

I LOVE fudgy brownies!!!

DeidreSH December 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

my favorite dessert would be pretty much any kind of cheesecake….yummmmm.

Christy Harrison December 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

My favorite dessert is a cake that my mom makes- we call it the Suzie Q cake. It’s just a simple chocolate cake mix, but it’s the icing that makes it unbelievable! It’s a simple, old fashioned white icing that is like homemade whip cream! I have nodoubt that I could make it- but it is so much better when mom does!

Elizabeth December 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

Love me some chocolate heaven. Graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding type mixture with whipped cream on the top.

Kristi @ CherryJasmine December 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

My favorite dessert is called “Miracle Bowl” served at the Sunset Grill. It’s a brownie with marshmallow, peanut butter and many other ingredients that make it a warm, ooey gooey goodness. I plan to make it it home, but never have the patience to make the brownies first, then throw everything else together and wait! It’s much easier to just go buy it and indulge immediately! YUM!

Monica Newman December 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

My favorite dessert, has to be my moms strussel cheese cake she makes for my birthday…oh my gosh there are no words to describe that would do it justice.

Sara Palacios December 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love PB cookies!

Steffi December 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

Ice Cream. Hands down Ice Cream.

Elizabeth December 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

I love Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies!

Lynn December 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love chocolate chip cookies, while they are hot. Yum!

Stephenie Wilson December 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

I love chocolate chip molten cakes!!! my favorite! (-; Happy Holidays

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