Cookbook Giveaway: “Desserts in Jars” by Shaina Olmanson


Desserts in Jars book

Thanks to Shaina Olmanson, who was also at Big Summer Potluck, I have a signed copy of Desserts in Jars to give to one reader.  As I mentioned in my post for her White Chocolate-Lime Puddings, Shaina has revamped classic dessert recipes, including frozen treats, as well as creating delicious new combinations.  Aside from being draw into the gorgeous photography in this book and the tempting recipe titles, there are many handy tips for working with jars in cooking, how to transport desserts, which kinds of jars work in what situations, and serving and entertaining tidbits.  This is a great all-around dessert book, whether you are serving sweets in jars or not.

The Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What is your favorite dessert?

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this cookbook giveaway. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!


  1. Beth

    My favorite dessert is Banana Spice Cake with custard and whipped cream! Here’s the recipe:

  2. Chelsea

    My favorite dessert is half baked ben and jerry’s ice cream. yum!

  3. Shannon Baas
    Shannon Baas08-06-2012

    German chocolate cake.

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  5. Kaitlin Boles
    Kaitlin Boles08-06-2012

    I have several favorite desserts, some of which are better than sex cake, pineapple upside down cake, butter brickle bread, cheesecake, chocolate, and ice cream!

  6. Regina

    Wow, tough question!! Peanut Butter brownies, earthquake cake, mississippi mud, I could go on and on.

  7. Eliana

    I love key lime pie and could see myself making a jar version of it :)

  8. Susan Foster O'Bryant
    Susan Foster O'Bryant08-06-2012

    I have many, but if I must choose one, I’d select a bowl of really cold banana pudding on a hot summer day! :) Thanks for this fun giveaway!

  9. Katie R
    Katie R08-06-2012

    I love chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream

  10. Maureen

    I love creme brulee or I also love tiramisu.

  11. Amber

    Tiramisu with lots of espresso and Marsala is my favorite dessert!

  12. Denise M
    Denise M08-06-2012

    creme brulee with fresh blueberries

  13. Patty Smith
    Patty Smith08-07-2012

    ooo cheesecake, yum

  14. Carolsue

    My favorite dessert is Tiramisu
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  15. Charlotte Padgett
    Charlotte Padgett08-07-2012

    any cheesecake!

  16. Wendy

    I love cake! Carrot cake and a super moist milk chocolate cake are my favorites.

  17. Christine

    chocolate cake

  18. melissa

    key lime pie

  19. Kim Walters
    Kim Walters08-07-2012

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake

  20. Daniel M
    Daniel M08-07-2012

    me moms spice cake!

  21. Jennifer

    My favorite dessert is Boston Cream Pie.

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  22. Melissa Shirley
    Melissa Shirley08-08-2012


  23. KarenS

    If I had to choose, I’d say a yellow cake with ABC icing (American Butter Cream) in pink. With rainbow sprinkles.

  24. Jason

    My favorite desert is Tiramisu

  25. Michelle W
    Michelle W08-08-2012

    Pumpkin pie is my all time favorite

  26. Andy ID
    Andy ID08-08-2012

    Pretty much anything with peanut butter in it. I believe that if you put peanut butter on a thumbtack, I’d actually give serious consideration to eating it.

  27. kathy pease
    kathy pease08-08-2012

    I love cheesecake in any form :)

  28. Ed Nemmers
    Ed Nemmers08-08-2012

    “J’Adore Turtle Brownies!

  29. Valerie Taylor Mabrey
    Valerie Taylor Mabrey08-08-2012

    love angel food cake
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  32. Kylie C
    Kylie C08-08-2012

    My favorite dessert to eat is cherry pie! But my favorite to make is cheesecake! Thank you for a lovely giveaway. kcarlson1152[at]

  33. Pamela

    I am gluten free, so desserts are (sometimes) a challenge. My all time favorite desserts are carrot cake with cream cheese icing and, like many others, cheese cake. I have yet to find a truly wonderful gluten free carrot cake, though, so if you ever find a great recipe for one, please, please, please, post it!

    Since I can’t eat gluten anymore, I have switched my dessert affections to pies, since I have mastered those. Both with and without crust.

  34. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith08-08-2012

    My favorite dessert is chocolate cream pie

  35. Melissa VandenBerg
    Melissa VandenBerg08-08-2012

    I love cake…..any cake!

  36. Emily

    Anything chocolate. Tiramisu, Brownies….

  37. Gianna

    Chocolate mousse torte.

  38. Trisha McKee
    Trisha McKee08-09-2012

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake!

  39. Renee G
    Renee G08-09-2012

    I love creme brulee.

  40. charlene elswick
    charlene elswick08-09-2012

    better than sex cake it is almost sinful

  41. Sarah Yurga
    Sarah Yurga08-09-2012

    my favorite dessert is cheesecake. I may possibly like it too much!

  42. Crystal Renee
    Crystal Renee08-09-2012

    My favorite dessert is chocolate cheesecake.

  43. Rachel Newman
    Rachel Newman08-09-2012

    I love Pumpkin Cheesecake

  44. Chelsea M
    Chelsea M08-09-2012

    I absolutely love cheesecake. Plain is my favorite – none of that strawberry business!

  45. Sand

    I love cheesecake!

  46. Jessica

    My fav dessert is cheesecake.

  47. Sherry Conrad
    Sherry Conrad08-09-2012

    Tiramisu or if I want a caffeine/choco overload Ina’s brownies with a scoop each of coffee & java chip ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream & chopped choco covered espresso beans.

  48. Brenda Elsner
    Brenda Elsner08-09-2012

    My favorite dessert is strawberry cheesecake with whipped topping!

  49. Bonnie Capuano
    Bonnie Capuano08-09-2012

    Og my goodness…a good cheesecake al the way!!!

  50. susan smoaks
    susan smoaks08-09-2012

    my favorite dessert is cheesecake, i love it with strawberries on top

  51. Robert Pyszk
    Robert Pyszk08-09-2012

    My favorite desert is Key Lime Pie

  52. DanV

    My favorite is chocolate mousse

  53. lorena cervantez
    lorena cervantez08-09-2012

    Carrot Cake

  54. heather c
    heather c08-09-2012

    I love creme brulee!

  55. The Experimental Gourmand
    The Experimental Gourmand08-09-2012

    Thank you for all these fantastic comments! This giveaway is now officially closed to new entries as of 12:00 pm EDT today. I’ll reach out to the winner and post the results when I have a confirmation response.

  56. Kim A
    Kim A08-09-2012

    Wow, favorite? Hmmm hard to decide. I guess I’d have to go with Strawberry shortcake, when strawberries are in season. Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. Melody Rensberger
    Melody Rensberger08-10-2012

    My favorite dessert is a South Africa dessert called malva pudding– its a cake soaked in vanilla creme deliciousness!