Desserts in Jars Giveaway

Desserts in JarsThis Giveaway is now closed.

Y'all probably know that I am not Overly a fan of cute jars of dessert, or twine wrapped around cute jars of dessert. I have been known to Rant at some length about Mason jars o' dessert. At the same time, a jar is a very convenient Dessert Receptacle if you want to give dessert Items away.  Plus, there are a bunch of different kinds of jars available to One should One want to put a dessert in a jar.

Even with my Anti-Jar stance, I was still rather enamored of some of the types of jars highlighted in the sweet new cookbook Desserts in Jars by the very talented food blogger Shaina Olmanson of Food for my Family. What really rather won me over was the idea of baking custards and cheesecakes in wee jars. Even my grinchy heart melted just a little bit when considering serving individual cheesecakes in those cute, curved tulip canning jars. I might even have daydreamed of cute Tiny Spoons with which to eat said desserts. Like antique silverware for babies or something.


Anyway, all the attendees of the Mixed Conference last weekend received a complimentary copy as part of our swag, courtesy of The Harvard Common Press. And then guess what? I won two more copies of It from The Harvard Common Press facebook page! And that means that I'm giving away both of those copies.

Since this isn't a cookbook review, I've not made any of these recipes, but I can tell you some of what you'll find in It.  Shaina has found a way to put the following Items into jars in a Most Pleasing Way:  cakes and cupcakes, pies and pastries, custards and puddings, fruit desserts, frozen desserts and mixes for giving. These are the chapters.

And here are a few of the recipe names for your Consideration.

  • Orange-White Chocolate Cheesecakes with Cranberry Sauce
  • Rustic Rhubarb Custard Pies with a Walnut Crust
  • Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Pots de Crème
  • Ginger Mascarpone with Caramelized Apricots
  • Frozen Mudslide Pies
  • Spiced Hot Chocolate Mix with Cinnamon Marshmallows

If your interest is piqued as mine was, simply leave a comment below letting me know that you'd like to be In the Running for one of the copies.  I'll choose two random winners using on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:00pm, EST, so please get your entries in before then.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian friends only. Please make sure that you provide a valid email address so that I can get in touch with you.  If you do win and I send you a Congratulatory Email, please respond within 48 hours or I will choose another winner.

Both copies of the book will be sent to you directly from The Harvard Common Press.  The original giveaway that I won was for one book for me to keep and one to give to a friend, and they have generously allowed me to give away both on the blog since I already own a copy. As well, they are picking up the shipping cost, so thanks very much, lovely folks at The Harvard Common Press.




  1. Jo-Anne says

    I thought that jars would be perfect gifts for a couple of my young friends who are just getting into baking! Thanks for giving away your two extra copies!

  2. Alice Turner says

    I would adore a copy! My beloved is a race car driver, and I’m always trying to find things that we can take on the road…in a trailer…when there’s STRESS. That’d be brilliant for us.

  3. M-A says

    I love to give jars of happiness to folks – would be nice to have some new recipes to try. I usually use prep bowls with lids instead of jars though… 😉

  4. barbara Giacometti says

    I had trouble with the whole idea myself and now am so intrigued to give a dessert in a jar a try. I love the way you speak your mind, heheh. Have a lovely week! Barbara Giacometti

  5. Rocio Sandoval says

    Hi there! I would love to win one of your copies, I teach culinary arts at the high school level and I am always looking for new things to teach my students. Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

  6. Rose says

    I would love to enter too- jars make everything taste even better! I never win any of these online giveaways but am always hopeful 🙂

  7. says

    I would love to enter the giveaway for the Desserts in a Jar cookbook!!!! With a new grand baby on the other side of the U.S. sending treats is a must!!! And this might be a good idea!!

  8. Cheryl says

    I’d love to win a copy of this awesome cookbook as I missed a chance to win one by Harvard Common Press. I can never get enough of good cookbooks, cake books and bake books. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  9. Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse says

    Haha I LOVE desserts in jars. But I agree, baker’s twine is a little silly. Unless it’s tying a package or something that’s understandable.

    But I would love to enter the giveaway! I’m so excited that you have a giveaway open to Canada too! This never happens in the foodie world ><

  10. Stacy F says

    This sounds like a nifty cool book. I love dessert. Plus, the presentations that are possible are always a fun twist. Thanks for passing on the goodies!

  11. Lisa Neubauer says

    I happen to think that dessert is the best part of the meal. I would like to be in the running for one of the copies of this book.

  12. Cyndi McNutt says

    I received a mini-cheesecake in a mini jar last year and have wanted to know how to do it ever since. I would love to be able to use this new cookbook!

  13. Katherine Audler says

    Savory gone Pastry, I LOVE desserts, all kinds. In one year i went from the basics of baking and picked it up quickly. In one of Greenville, SC’s, top fine dining restaurants , I started from the very bottom, to being cross trained in the restaurant The Pastry Chef position became available, and as scared as i was, only taking a few classes, i jumped on the opportunity. In 1 year this month, I have put out my 7th dessert menu. At the age of 24, I am incredibly blessed to have this talent. We do a lot of on sight events with a lot of mini desserts, so this would be THE PERFECT book for me, because i LOVE mini’s. So Please, Choose Me! 🙂

  14. katie char boneau says

    My 16 year old granddaughter and I love to bake/make desserts…Your book appears to have projects that we enjoy making together…sooo I would like to enter please.

  15. says

    Hey Jennie! I totally forgot to sign up for the contest yesterday, here I am now :). I am loving my new job as a pastry cook. I would love and hope to be the winner and receive such an awesome dessert book. Would you believe it I have never made a dessert in a jar…yet 🙂

  16. says

    My wife and I make wonderful desserts and this would be a wonderful Christmas gift for the both of us(first christmas as a married couple). Thank you for the chance. I would love to win the book.

  17. Michele Lessard says

    would love to win this book….I am a trained professional chef who is trying to get a better handle on baking and pastry arts! desserts are my weakness when it comes to eating! YUM!!

  18. Modern Mrs. Cleaver says

    How solid is the floor in here?? Cause I’m jumping up and down on it screaming “Me me me me” “Ohhhhhh (jump jump jump) Pick Me!!”
    What I mean to say is (ahem) I’d like to enter your giveaway Ma’am…Please….. (pssst pick me)

  19. LizR says

    I’m being good and not eating desserts, but giving desserts away allows me to indulge my love of baking and make others happy at the same time!! And these would be super cute additions to my burgeoning repertoire. 🙂

  20. Toni says

    Great timing to win one of these…have quite a few old blue canning jars that I don’t use for canning tomatoes any longer-just don’t seem to seal and wouldn’t trust for tomato or salsa, BUT they’d be beautiful for that. Plus have a lot of small cut crystal type that don’t get used either-great way to put to use. Thanks for the chance&for sharing. Homemade gifts are always great to give&receive.

  21. Nicole says

    These look like fabulous ideas! I can only imagine all the creative desserts there are in this book! I would love to be entered to win these, as my passion is making sweet treats 🙂

  22. RuthAnn says

    Thanking you for the chance at winning a copy of the books. Orange-White Chocolate Cheesecakes with Cranberry Sauce, oh yes!

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