Monster Cookies Mix {Desserts in Jars Cookbook Giveaway}

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I’ve got a fun jarred cookie mix to share with you today, perfect for gift giving this holiday season. This Monster Cookie Mix recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Shaina Olmanson’s Desserts in Jars. Her new cookbook is filed with all types of sweet treats you can make in jars, plus a whole section devoted to baking mixes that you can give as gifts.


All you have to do is add a pretty cheerful bow, and either hand write the directions or, print them here.

And you can pick up your own copy of Shaina’s book on your next trip to Target. Desserts in Jars is now available at Target, just in time for the holidays. Her book would make the perfect gift for that person in your life that loves to bake.

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This is a beautiful trailer of the new book.

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


Directions to make the cookie mix:

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 the oats. Add the candies in a layer, and top with a layer fo brown sugar. Top with a layer of the remaining oats and then a layer of the walnuts. Seal with the lid, decorate the jar if you like, and attach a label with there instructions for the recipient:

Directions to add to the jar:
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°. Mix together the peanut butter, vanilla and eggs in a bowl. Add the contents of this jar. Form the d ough into 2-nch balls and set on cookie sheets 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.

Makes 1 jar of cookie mix to yield 24 large cookies.

You can find the link to the printable instructions, perfect for gift giving, for these cookies here.


Reprinted with permission from Desserts in Jars, Shaina Olmanson.

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*Nutritional Information is not guaranteed for 100% accuracy.

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  29 Responses to “Monster Cookies Mix {Desserts in Jars Cookbook Giveaway}”

  1. Mike — December 5, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I’m easily satisfied, but it’s not Christmas until I have a plain ol’ sugar cookie (or two or three) shaped like a Santa or tree with frosting on them.

  2. Misty — December 5, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    I’m a total sucker for classic frosted sugar cookies (in Christmas shapes, of course!)

  3. LaTanya — December 5, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    sugar cookies

  4. Debbie — December 5, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Wow so many favorites, but I love Russian tea cakes

  5. Lisa — December 5, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Gingerbread cookies, so good!!!

  6. Tina @ Squirrel Acorns — December 5, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Sugar cookies, but not just any sugar cookies…the recipe from an old Sesame Street alphabet book from the 1970s. Cookie Monster’s own recipe!

  7. Carrie W — December 5, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Bear paws are my favorite Christmas cookie (chocolate almond).

  8. Craig TD — December 5, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    My favorite holiday cookie is my mother’s sugar cookies. Her simple recipe, complete with frosting from scratch, is sweet, flavorful, and delicious! Yet it’s light. One or two cookies are great, but don’t leave you with a heavy after-taste or need for milk to wash it down.

    I now make them every year with my kids 🙂

  9. Rachel W. — December 5, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    My favorite holiday cookie is decorated sugar cutouts because they remind me of spending time with my grandma. This is my first Christmas without her, but I know the tradition will carry on with my kiddos!

  10. Anonymous — December 5, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Pfefferneuse – an old family tradition. And I NEVER make anything less than a quadruple batch because that’s what Mom always did!

  11. Alice — December 5, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    I know it might sound simple, but a sugar cookie with a little vanilla frosting and a touch of holiday sprinkles really makes me smile!

  12. Ceil Garrison — December 5, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Wow, so many, but would have to say a Linzer cookie. Hope I spelled it right.

  13. Justine Navarro — December 5, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Mennonite Peppermint Cookies! My mom has made them every year for as long as I remember. Also known as Ammonia Cookies (baking ammonia, that is!), they are SO soft and tender, with a nice strong peppermint flavor!

  14. MonieG — December 5, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    My favorite holiday cookie is an oatmeal cranberry raisin cookie. So delicious!!

  15. Laurel — December 5, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    Gingerbread cookies!

  16. Caroline — December 5, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Favourite cookie are candy cane blossoms!

  17. MaryB — December 5, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Sugar cookies and brandy snaps.

  18. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 5, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    My favorite holiday cookie has to be spicy molasses cookies, I can’t stop eating them!

  19. Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 5, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    So fun! I love giving edible gifts!

  20. Carol Lovett — December 5, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    I love peanut butter cookies 🙂 When it comes to holiday cookies I love gingerbread men.

  21. Maureen — December 5, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    I like the white chocolate chip cherry cookies. So so so good.

  22. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — December 6, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Love, Shaina’s book! Such a great giveaway!

  23. Rose — December 6, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    I luv to make my grandmothers butter cookies. I am now teaching my daughter how to make them. Christmas would not be Christmas without them.

  24. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — December 7, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    My favorite cookie is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies…I could eat every single one. 🙂

  25. Gina — December 7, 2012 @ 3:07 am

    I love gingerbread cookie during the holidays!

  26. Michele Schwartz — December 7, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    Definitely sugar cookies!

  27. Cindy Brickley — December 9, 2012 @ 1:50 pm


  28. Theresa J — December 11, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    I love frosted cranberry cookies

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