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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Lindsay A December 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

Fave dessert? Key lime pie in the summer or tres leches cake!

nicoleigh December 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

My favorite dessert…..CHEESECAKE! :)

Julie December 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

My favourite is my mother in laws chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Sarah H.P. December 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

My favorite dessert has to be strawberry jello poke cake with whipped cream!

Sheri K December 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

That is a hard question. I would have to say the Better Than Anything Cake.

Dawn in HSV December 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

Warm walnut brownies!

Nicole December 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

brownies are definitely my favorite dessert! yum

Danielle December 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

Gotta say Key Lime Pie! Perfect combination of sweet and sour…nice and tart. Yum!

Sasha December 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

My favorite dessert is Neiman Marcus Bars!

kanani December 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

Chocolate chip cookies

Michelle Wright December 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

I love any cake or cookies. Awesome give~away!!!

Chelsey December 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

It would be cheesecake – homemade! Chelsey

Heather December 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’ve always thought the IDEA of a cookie in a jar sounded nice–surprisingly I’ve never received one. :) I would loooove to receive one!

confessionalcook December 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Walnut Sauce-today, that is.

Samantha B. December 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

Cupcakes! Any kind really I love them all!

Erin December 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

My favorite dessert is cheesecake pumpkin bars!

Erin December 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

Who can pick a favorite dessert? I have such a sweet tooth, it would be unfair to all the desserts of the world to just pick one. However, since my hand is being forced, I’ll say chocolate cake. Or maybe chip and mint ice cream.

Lisa December 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

My now famous cream puffs, people at my husband’s work ask the entire year when they are coming. I took 3 recipes and put them together. They are awesome, if I do say so myself.

Teresa December 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Any type of cookie is my favorite dessert!

Delilah's Mom December 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I never met a dessert that I didn’t like. . .I do love pound cake. . .any kind!

Trisha December 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Turtles or anything with chocolate, caramel and pecans :)

Madeleine December 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven are my all time favorite!

Jennifer N December 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I have so many favorites! :) Right now my favorite is Tiramisu

Juli Jones December 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Cheesecake……oh no, it’s Creme Brulee….no, no I think it’s Red Velvet Cake. Oh crud I don’t know! I love it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie December 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Key Lime Pie!!

Lindy December 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Yummy contest!

I love forget me not cookies <3

Pam December 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

My favorite dessert is Coconut Cake. I’ve made jar coookies for gifts & they turned out great. What a fun giveaway!

Allison R. December 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I love white cake with buttercream icing. Birthday cake, wedding cake, etc. They are so delicious!

jessica w December 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

probably lemon meringue pie!

Melinda Shapro December 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

My favorite dessert are spritzer cookies that my grandmother used to make. She put the dough in an antique meat grinder and push it out through a star attachment. When she passed away I got the grinder and it’s my job to make these for everyone in the family for Christmas! It’s a labour of love :)

Kelly December 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

banana cream cheesecake…and snickers bar cheesecake…mango key lime cheesecake… ok so pretty much any cheesecake.

jcarr0728 December 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Just oodles and oodles of Christmas cookies and candy!

Emily December 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes!!!!! Yummmmm!

Makeup Morsels December 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

ohh this is tough, I’m gonna go with creme brulee. Can’t beat that crackly sugar crust. Thanks for the giveaway!

Carmi December 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I love sweets of any kind. Cheesecake

Shelley December 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I loVe Pumpkin cheesecake

Elyssa December 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I love anything with chocolate… Especially cupcakes:)

Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Brownies are my fav!

Krissy December 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

My fav dessert is peanut butter and chocolate ice cream.

Suzanne December 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Wow. 1) Date Bars 2) Nanaimo Bars 3) Orange Sable Cookies I could go on…

Teri Dingler December 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I love tiramisu!

Shana Wilson December 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

My favorite dessert is Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! YUM!

Lori December 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Chocolate chip cookies!

Barb B. December 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hands down… favorite dessert is Creme Brulee. Oh my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Yummmmy!

Leslie December 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My absolute favorite dessert is plain but gooey chocolate chip cookie :)

Tracie Allen December 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I love brownies & cupcakes!!

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips December 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

My favortie dessert can’t be given as a gift in a jar – ICE CREAM!

Terry December 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Cheesecake, any flavor!

Susan December 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Sugar cookies with butter cream frosting!

Naomi December 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Peanut butter pretzel cookies, of course!

Kristy December 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Chocolate chip ice cream!

Monica December 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

A wonderful homemade vanilla yellow cake with homemade milk chocolate!

jamie pennington December 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I have gastroparesis and can’t eat anything but my favorite was gooey brownies and red velvet cake

Melissa December 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Homemade chocolate chip cookies are my favs! Thanks for the chance to win!

Cecilia December 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

cotton candy, does that count? :)

Kristina A December 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

For my office holiday party I baked chocolate chip cookie dough brownie bars…so yummy!

Thanks for a chance to win!

Julia Greco December 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I love love love lemon Meringue Pie!!!!

Kelli December 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

It depends on the day for me…but today my favorite dessert would be cheesecake–maybe a turtle cheesecake. :)

Kate December 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

My favorite treat is dark chocolate! You can add some mint in the mix but I usually just like it plain and bitter.

Jessica l. December 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

My favorite dessert is Tiramisu.

Donna December 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Oh boy too many to list! I have to say I love hot fudge sundaes!!

Ana Lara December 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

My favorite dessert is Clafouti of Berries!!

Norma in NC December 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Anything that contains chocolate!!

Amanda T. December 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm


Julia December 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Not sure I could really make a decision.. but I’ll go with CAKE!

Iiona V. December 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Cupid’s Mini Cherry Cheesecakes YUMMY!

Andrea Watts December 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Million dollar pie

Shaunah turley December 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Chocolate covered strawberries are my fav dessert!!

Tracey December 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

Lava cake

Prabha December 13, 2012 at 1:28 am

Dark chocolate Mud cake……. Yummmmmmm!

Rosa December 13, 2012 at 2:42 am

Chocolate Malted Crunch ice cream! Yummy!

patti December 13, 2012 at 3:27 am

Hmmm….a coco puff, a specialty of Liliha Bakery in Honolulu!

Sheryl B December 13, 2012 at 5:32 am


SusanMHS December 13, 2012 at 6:21 am


Amanda Tubbs December 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

Has to be red velvet cheesecake!!

Claudia Mitchell December 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

My fav dessert is pumpkin cheese cake!

Amanda December 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

Yumm!! My favorite is Peanut Butter Fudge!!! I can NOT go a Christmas without it!! :)

Tay December 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

I have many favorites but there is something about a chocolate chip cookie. It is comfort food at its best and good any time of the year. :)

Vikki December 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

Brownies! Thank you for the giveaway.

Leanne December 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

Banana chocolate chip cake :)

Sara December 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

I can never get enough tiramisu!

Litsa Jackson December 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

I love tiramisu but have it rarely!!

christine December 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

favorite dessert is peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Susan Ellmer December 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

I am a cookies girl, you name it I love it, my newest favorite is pecan pie cookies (thank you pinterest!)

Tina December 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

Key Lime cheesecake.

Rebecca December 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

I absolutely love cupcakes. Especially ones that incorporate fresh fruit.

sheryl December 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

Anything chocolate!

Sarah.P December 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

I absolutely love your Brownie Batter Fudge Cupcakes… I made them a few months ago and have ABSOLUTELY fell in love with them! I crave the frosting and the Batter filled Cupcakes!! Happy Holidays!

JoAnn December 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

With a sweet tooth like mine it is difficult to choose just one as my favorite but I suppose it would have to be berry cobbler

Kate December 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

My Grandmaw Georgia’s Poundcake!

Jenn December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

As much as I love cupcakes…my actual favorite dessert ever is my mom’s homemade strawberry rhubarb pie!

Karen Ang December 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

A simple custard pie for me.

Rachael December 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

My favorite dessert right now has to be Andes Mint Cake Balls! Mmm…anything with mint this time of year is perfect!

Bear December 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Brownies all the way

Rose December 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I love chocolate chip cookies!

Suzanne December 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

My all time favorite is any kind of brownie – but cheesecake runs a very close second!

wanda December 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Red Velvet Cake! Always & Forever, baby!!

Minnie December 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I’m a southern girl so my favorite dessert is pound cake. Pair that with a good cup of coffee and it’s the perfect breakfast!

Christina P. December 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

CAKE! Any and all kinds. I love it!

Erin December 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

It’s hard to choose a favorite dessert….so one of my favorites is a treat my mom makes, Buckeyes. They are peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. We always make them around the holidays and it wouldn’t be the same without them! Yum :)

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