150 Best Desserts in a Jar – Review and Giveaway



UPDATE:  The winner is Debbie.  Congrats!

When I lost dairy, I feared I had lost ice cream and yummy desserts forever, but more and more I’m discovering that their are plenty of alternatives to traditional dessert recipes with dairy.

I recently had the chance to review 150 Best Desserts in a Jar by Andrea Jourdan, and I fell in love!  There are so many delicious recipes in here, and many of them are heavy on fruit.  Bonus!

If you’re dairy free like me, you’ll love this book.  Many of the recipes don’t require dairy, and the ones that do still come out great when you sub dairy free butter for butter and an alternative milk to a traditional milk.  Trust me, I’ve tried many of these recipes!

Also, the desserts are served in jam jars, so they’re prettier than most other desserts because you can see all the layers.  You feast with your eyes before even tasting the dessert.

My family’s favorite dessert in this book was the Peach and Mango Parfait.  This recipe was a winner for me because it has no added sugar, just some maple syrup.


The book opens with a brief intro about using jars to serve desserts.

After that, the author gets straight to the desserts.  Each recipe includes a little story or comment from the author as well as a tip to help you while cooking or when choosing the fruit.  Many recipes also contain ways you can change the ingredients just a little to create another tasty creation.

Of course, I’d love a picture with every recipe, but like most cookbooks, that doesn’t happen here.  However, there are 24 photos of some of the 150 recipes in the book, and they are all gorgeous to look at.

The Giveaway

Robert Rose, the publisher of 150 Best Desserts in a Jar, is giving one lucky Mom’s Plans’ reader a copy of the book.

To enter, simply leave a comment stating what your favorite dessert recipe is.

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents who are 18 or older.  The giveaway will end on April 27, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  The winner will be chosen via random.org.

I received one copy of this book for review purposes only.  No additional compensation was given.  All opinions are my own.



  1. My favorite dessert recipe is one for Pear pie.

  2. I have a great recipe for a dark chocolate torte with raspberry coulis. To die for! 🙂

  3. How fun! I love desert and so does the rest of my family, right now our favorite recipe is chocolate pudding (homemade).

  4. I haven’t made many desserts, but mom’s apple cake recipe is sublime.

  5. My favorite is Strawberry Cupcakes.

  6. I love mango supreme. What a very healthy dessert treat. Jar desserts look awesome and seems so easy to assemble.

  7. Sticky toffee pudding.

  8. Kimberly Schotz says:

    Our family favorite is Tapioca Pudding. I use the recipe on the box.

  9. Katie Roch says:

    My favorite dessert recipe is Chocolate-Oat Bars

  10. My favorite dessert recipe is strawberry shortcake on biscuits!

  11. Apple spice cake, my aunts recipe, so yummy!

  12. I like Chocolate Truffles.

  13. I don’t have a favorite. I like them ALL!

  14. amanda s. says:

    I love pineapple upside down cake.

  15. My favorite is Christmas Crack!!

  16. My mom’s recipe for strawberry sauce on ice cream! Yum!!

  17. My favorite dessert is carrot cake…veggies and sweet cream cheese icing, how much better can it get than that?

  18. I love chocolate molten lava cake!!

  19. Gloria Geck says:

    Lemon Cake Mix cookies. A family favorite for parties and just everyday.

  20. There is an ice cream cake recipe that I got off of Pinterest…I think that is my new favorite dessert!

  21. My favorite dessert – I have to say raspberry pie! Always been my favorite! Thanks!

  22. My favorite dessert recipe is this simple recipe for Rocky Road candy. Very yummy!


  23. Jennifer Howard says:

    my favorite desert is oatmeal scotty cookies!!!

  24. Sylvia Zajis says:

    Banana Bread Pudding with Vanilla Rum Sauce

  25. Stephanie Larison says:

    Strawberry shortcake

  26. Mallory Johnson says:

    Peanut butter pie!

  27. Heather Gleason says:

    My favorite dessert recipe is for my moms strawberry cheesecake.

  28. Brooke Adametz says:

    I love to make pumpkin pie!

    adametzb at yahoo dot com

  29. I would have to say my favorite desert would be anything with white chocolate and raspberries, or plain traditional chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.

  30. I love all deserts without nuts, but if I was picking just one, I would have to say its between traditional chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven and anything with white chocolate and raspberries.

  31. Shelia S says:

    Banana pudding is my favorite dessert recipe.

  32. brownies!

  33. Rebecca Brown says:

    Blueberry Pie

  34. This time of year, I like anything lemon, but the lemon souffle and lemon trifle both sound like they would be great to try!

  35. Caroline B says:

    I love making chocolate chips cookies.

  36. Paula Hafner says:

    My favorite is Coca-cola Cake.

  37. Daniel M says:

    double chocolate cake (just choco cake with choco frosting)

  38. I love peanut butter pie!

  39. S Brothers says:

    My favorite is banana pudding!

  40. My favorite dessert is cheesecake – any kind I love cheesecake!

  41. Samantha Knight says:

    Anything with Pumpkin!

  42. Jessica Peeling says:

    I love oatmeal cookies! [email protected]

  43. I like banana cake.

  44. Strawberry cupcakes

  45. Dana West says:

    I love my Pineapple Upsidedown Cake recipe! Yum!

  46. Kelley H says:

    I love making peach pie

  47. My favorite dessert recipe is s’mores cupcakes!

  48. Kali Hees says:

    My favorite dessert recipe is for butterscotch apple pie 🙂

  49. Carly B. says:

    I like making cheesecake with blueberry sauce!

  50. I love anything chocolate!!! Healthy is even better 🙂

  51. Angela s says:

    Strawberry shortcake

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  52. Sally Guillen says:

    A simple chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, its something I can make all the time and its super tasty!

  53. Leslie S. says:

    I love making banana bread.Thanks!

  54. I love this pumpkin spice cake

  55. I love to make yeast cinnamon rolls!

  56. Strawberry shortcake

  57. Jennifer Paige says:

    I loooove chocolate cheesecake.

  58. Amanda Rauch says:

    Right now I am loving brownies with walnuts in them. So tasty!!

  59. Rhea Chladek says:

    I love a good lemon bar recipe!

    🙂 Rhea

  60. Samantha Remington says:

    Chocolate pudding cake!

    ssremington (at) gmail.com

  61. Diana Hatch says:

    I love banana pudding

  62. tina reynolds says:

    homemade cheesecake

  63. tanya devenney says:

    my fav is peach pie

  64. My favourite desert recipe is for pumpkin cheesecake! To die for <3

  65. Ashley wheeler says:

    My favorite recipe is pay dirt cake

  66. My favorite dessert was a red velvet cheesecake i baked and it tasted as heavenly as it sounds

  67. Savannah miller says:

    My favorite dessert would have to be cheesecake brownies!! So yummy 🙂

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  68. Saltine Toffee

  69. I make a dessert the kids call Fluffy Pink Stuff, we all like.

  70. susan smoaks says:

    my favorite dessert recipe is my dad’s peach cobbler, it’s amazing with some ice cream

  71. Brandy Fisk says:

    I love pumpkin pie.

  72. kathleen says:

    my favorite dessert is a frozen lemon tart. a close second would be my tiramasu anacapri

  73. I love salted caramel

  74. I love apple crumb or cheesecake!

  75. I love strawberry cheesecake

  76. Debbie Lewis says:

    I love making and eating Lazy Daisy Cake.

  77. Shannon S. says:

    My favorite dessert recipe is strawberry lemonade cheesecake bites

  78. Linda W. says:


  79. Chocolate Fudge Brownies are my favorite.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com


    I am a plain girl…I like peanut butter cookies!

  81. My favorite dessert right now is triple chocolate chip cookies!

  82. Amy Honious says:

    my favorite dessert recipe is faux g.s. mint cookies.
    melt choco chips, add 1/8 tsp peppermint oil and dip ritz crackers with fork. place on wax paper and chill till set. thanks for the giveaway-i would love to have this cookbook!

  83. cassandra says:

    My favorite dessert recipe would have to be red velvet cake! i love that stuff 🙂

  84. apple dumplings

  85. Kathryn C says:

    blueberry pie or any of the fruit cobbler recipes

  86. Georgia Beckman says:

    Favorite dessert is Strawberry Cream Roll.

  87. cindy jones says:

    i love fruit cobblers…any fruit..

  88. Chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the giveaway!

  89. rice crispy treats

  90. Megan Parsons says:

    I have a recipe for coconut cake and it is AMAZING! Best cake I have ever made!

  91. Et Pruitt says:

    Red Velvet Cake

  92. pineapple upside down cake

  93. Danielle Porter says:

    My favorite is a recipe for an eclair dessert!

  94. Darlene Owen says:

    My favorite desert is peanut butter pie.

  95. tiramisu, the one my mother in law makes!

  96. Karen M. says:

    My favorite dessert is strawberries over Bisquick shortcake with lots of whipped cream!

  97. Holly S. says:

    Peach Cobbler and vanilla ice cream! Thanks! hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

  98. Heather Bridson says:

    I like chocolate chip cookies

  99. My favorite is pineapple upside down cake.

  100. cake in a cup!

  101. Diane Rose says:

    My favorite is lemon pound cake.

  102. I like chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

  103. Linda Bradshaw says:

    My favorite recipe is strawberry shortcake.

  104. Chocolate Pie! Love it! Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing is a very close 2nd!

    [email protected]

  105. Maple bacon ice cream!

  106. Berry tiramisu

  107. Chocolate cobbler

  108. April Ort says:

    My fav dessert recipe is butterscotch pudding and banana pie topped with real whipped cream!

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