Monster Cookies Mix + Desserts In Jars Giveaway

There’s no denying that I love decadent desserts. I love making them, eating them and sharing them with friends and family. All of this love for making desserts was recently noticed by Emily from The Harvard Common Press. She contacted me a few weeks ago about hosting a stop on Shaina Olmanson’s blog tour for her book, Desserts in Jars. I have actually had my eye on purchasing this cookbook since it was released back in June, so I was super excited to host a stop on the tour! :D This book is packed with over 50 irresistible dessert ideas, all presented in individual jars. From cupcakes, pies, puddings, fruit desserts and mixes for giving, this book has everything you need to create show-stopping desserts in jars. Some of the desserts are baked directly in the jars while others are while others are spooned into jars. The book is filled with tips and tricks on how to create successful desserts in jars. Shaina tells us how to how to pick the right jar for the dessert and she even offers some printable gift tags for some of the desserts in the book available to download for free on her website!

It was so hard to choose exactly which recipe I wanted to share with you today. From Pumpkin Cheesecakes to Peach Granita Bellinis, each recipe had my mouthwatering! Since the holiday gift-giving season is upon us, I decided on the Monster Cookie Mix. Homemade gifts in a jars are such a great holiday gift to share with friends, neighbors, teachers and family. They’re perfect on their own or added into a gift basket along with a new cookie sheet, spatula or even some homemade vanilla extract. I love how pretty all of the ingredients look layered in the jar and how the reusable jar becomes an extra gift as well. Just add a ribbon and a tag and you have one delicious gift! Not only is this recipe is super simple when making the mix as a gift, but it’s also incredibly easy to mix up and bake!

So here’s your chance to win a copy of this amazing cookbook just in time for Holiday season! Just follow the directions below for a chance to win! Sorry this giveaway is limited to US residents only.

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “What’s your favorite dessert?”

Extra Entries: The following six opportunities below will earn one extra entry into the giveaway for each. You must leave separate comments for each one to ensure that they are counted as separate entries:

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PLEASE REMEMBER: Leave a separate comment for EACH of your entries or only one entry will be counted.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:59pm CST    GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!

Winner: The winner will be selected at random by Sweet Pea’s Kitchen using Random.org. All entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

The winner of the giveaway was Annie from Annie Get Your Glue Gun! I hope you enjoy the cookbook! Here’s what she said:

Monster Cookies Mix

With layers of M&M's, oats and pecans, this incredible cookie mix looks as good as it tastes!

Yield: 1 jar of cookie mix, to yield 24 large cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup candy-coated chocolate candies or chocolate chips
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Mix together the granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pour into a 1-quart Mason Jar.
Top with a layer of half of the oats. Add the candies in a layer, and top with a layer of brown sugar. Top with a layer of the remaining oats and then a layer of pecans. Seal with the lid, decorate the jar if you like, and attach a label with these instructions for the recipient:

To Make Monster Cookies:
3/4 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter (not natural)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla. and eggs in a bowl. Add the contents of this jar. Form the dough into 2-inch balls and set on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops of the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

One Year Ago: Dates with Goat Cheese Wrapped in Prosciutto  

Two Years Ago: Three Bean Vegetarian Chili                              

375 Responses to “Monster Cookies Mix + Desserts In Jars Giveaway”

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    Andrea D. — November 27, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    I am a facebook fan of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Andrea D. — November 27, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    I am a google plus follower of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Andrea D. — November 27, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    I am a pinterest follower of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Dolores C — November 27, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    My favorite dessert is sour cream apple pie.

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    holly — November 27, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    my favorite dessert is pumpkin cake with brown butter icing.

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    holly — November 27, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    i’m subscribed to your rss feeds

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    Patrice M. — November 27, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    My favorite cookie is walnut coconut cookies! I love your recipes and ‘like’ your Facebook page.

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    Emma B — November 27, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    I know it’s not really a dessert but I love whipped cream!! Anyhting with whipped cream is amazing!! Just give me a bowl and a spoon! Lol

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    Emma B — November 27, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I like Sweet Peas Kitchen on Facebook.

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    Patrice M. — November 27, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    I also receive your emails! I always look forward to those.

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    Patrice M. — November 27, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I ‘like’ your facebook page! Hope you doing well and the baby comes soon!

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    Lauren Conforti — November 27, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Usually anything luciously chocolate is a given for me. But I also love pies, like Coconut Custard, Banana Cream Pie, and Cheesecake… Basically the creamy-type pies. ^_^

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    Lauren Conforti — November 27, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Also, I’m subscribed to you by email. And I’ve “liked” you on Facebook. ^_^

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    Lauren Conforti — November 27, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Ooops, one per comment, so add the “like you on Facebook” to this one. lol

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    Amy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    Anything with chocolate in it is my favorite dessert.

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    Amy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    I’m a facebook fan of your

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    Amy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    I subscribe to your emails

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    bevy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    commented on winning food in jar.

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    bevy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    i am throat_puncher on twitter. followed you

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    bevy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    fave dessert us tira misu

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    bevy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    liked you on facebook

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    bevy — November 27, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    pinned this on my pinterest account which is bevy gardengal

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    Monica Lavoie — November 27, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Cheesecake!

    Thanks

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    Suzanne — November 27, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    I really am not a picky dessert person…I LOVE dessert! ALL dessert! :-)

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    Suzanne — November 27, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    I subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen via email.

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    Suzanne — November 27, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    I’m a fan of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on FB…that’s where I first saw this giveaway! But I don’t tweet :-(

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    Suzanne — November 27, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest and I pinned this to my cookie board.
    http://pinterest.com/suzgator/

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    Shelly Price — November 27, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    I love german chocolate cupcakes.

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    Shelly Price — November 27, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    I love german chcolate cupcakes

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    Dianne Shaw — November 27, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    My favorite dessert is anything with chocolate!

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    Dianne Shaw — November 27, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    I liked Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on Facebook

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    Kelly Zolnierek — November 27, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    my fave dessert is ice cream!

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    Rebecca Ednie — November 27, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    I love anything with PB or ganache or raspberries or peaches but I think my favourite might be my moms trifle!

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    Rebecca Ednie — November 27, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    I follow on Pinterest and pinned this.

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    Mandy — November 27, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    I love desserts of all kinds, but specifically cookies.!

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    Phyllis — November 27, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    My favorite dessert is New York style cheesecake.

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    Phyllis — November 27, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    I subscribe by email.

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    foodwithpictures — November 27, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Tough question….. if I had to pick one favorite dessert, I think I’d say chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (and a glass of milk!).

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    TJ — November 27, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Not hard to choose a favorite dessert: a well-made Tiramasu, the true Italian style!

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    TJ — November 27, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I subscribe by email (but my other email address)

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    TJ — November 27, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    I now follow you on Facebook.

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    Stephie — November 27, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    My favorite dessert is chocolate lava cakes!

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    Stephie — November 27, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    I follow by rss feed :)

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    TJ — November 27, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Also pinned the give-a-way using the Tweet as text.

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    Annie — November 27, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    Such a hard question! I think I’ll go with brownie sundaes!

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    Annie — November 27, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    I follow you via RSS.

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    Annie — November 27, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    And I follow you on pinterest (and just pinned this recipe!).

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    Stacy — November 27, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake!

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    Stacy — November 27, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
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    Sandra - The Foodie Affair — November 27, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    Chocolate truffles! Although after looking at these monster cookies….

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