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Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Some desserts in jars are baked or otherwise prepared right in the jar, while others are spooned into jars. Either way, the sparkling and pretty vessel and the appealing treat it holds make for a beautiful presentation. Olmanson's clever and cute desserts are at once playful and well-crafted, appropriate for a kids' birthday one weekend (Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes) and a ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Harvard Common Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 16, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Everyone loves to have their own little treat. Having your own self-contained portion of a meal or dessert makes you feel special, as if it was made just for you, and of course it means you don’t have to share! But making single servings of anything can be tricky, especially when it comes to baking and desserts. That’s where the genius of Shaina Olmanson and her latest book Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine comes into play. This quaint little hardcover contains 50 scrumptious recipes ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
I love this cookbook. So far, I have made about four or five recipes out of it, and they have all turned out well. The exception might be the apple pies in jars, which are too crusty and not enough filling (it looks like a lot of filling when it is uncooked but bakes down quite a bit). Maybe the crust lining the jar bottom is not necessary? Anyway, the pies were still cute and worthy of further experimentation.
This was a pretty good jar recipe book. Lots of different ideas, most of the recipes have detailed instructions. Very big pretty pictures, nice glossy full color pictures. Many showed the finished products as well as the jars with mixes for gifts. Some of the recipes were cupcake/cake/drinks/jams made in the jars themselves and others were mixes contained in the jars for gifts or storage. A good book overall, could of had a few more recipes in it and maybe a few of the recipes could of been ...more
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Dec 01, 2012 Kristen Doyle rated it it was amazing
Desserts in Jars reacquainted me with memories of my Grandpa and our time spent together eating mini desserts and parfaits out of jars. The appeal of pies, puddings, cakes and more in little single serving dessert jars was one I could totally relate to. There's just something about eating dessert in your very own special jar that makes it all the more decadent.

Desserts in Jars is full of a wide range of recipes and beautiful photos. The photography in this book is stunning and the recipes are we
Oct 22, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
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This was not at all what I thought it would be.

I figured this was ideas for Christmas for putting ingredients in cute jars. This is not at all what this book is about. This book is about actually "baking" your desserts in jars and serving them this way.

I got some neat ideas from this book, but a few things were way beyond my level of expertise.
Sep 02, 2012 Jean rated it it was amazing
What an adorable and delish book!
Jan 22, 2013 jennifer rated it liked it
My sister loves this book so much that she gave our mom and I copies and sets of jars to get started. There are a surprising variety of recipes that can be made in jars (who knew?)- cakes, pies, cheesecakes, puddings and even little frozen ice creams and granitas. The tiny apple pie looks adorable and the cover pic of the neapolitan cakes would make guests think you're a wizard, but I think I'll try the flourless chocolate cakes first.3.5 stars
Sep 23, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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This book is fantastic for making desserts in little jars. The recipes all sound yummy and the concept of them in little jars are fun both for kids and for transporting if you are taking a dessert somewhere. There are also recipes in a jar for gifts which sound so good, too. So much so that I'm going to make the Cranberry-Walnut Quick Bread for my husband and me!
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May 03, 2014 Alissa Nolan rated it really liked it
This is full of recipes and great ideas for making desserts in jam jars. They are portable and perfectly portioned! Now I am on the hunt for a few jars, so I can try a few recipes out.
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Shaina Olmanson is the author, freelance writer, photographer, and home cook behind Food for My Family, which has been named one of the top ten Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by for the past four years. She is the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, has served as the food editor for LifetimeMoms and daily contributor to Babble's Family Kitchen, and contributes regularly to L ...more
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