Ooey, Gooey Pull-Apart Cinnamon Bread #DessertsInJars

December 17, 2012 |

I am so honored to be working with my friend, Isabel, over at Family Foodie this week to test and share some of the delicious recipes from Shaina Olmanson’s new cookbook Desserts In Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine (The Harvard Common Press – June 2012).

Mason jars are certainly all the rage this year.  I have a Pinterest board just for mason jar ideas, so I am excited to add another of my own baking projects to the board with this ooey, gooey, Pull-Apart Cinnamon Bread.


The giveaway is now closed, but please continue to enjoy the recipe and book details!

I not only baked some of the bread in mason jars, but I also added some of the dough in mugs for my kids to taste test.  The recipe is easily adapted to any cooking vessel.  Baby gave her mug a delicious two thumbs up!  Desserts In Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine would be the perfect for gifting over the holidays, but it’s also full of fun ideas for making some adorable homemade holiday gift mixes to share.  The author shares on her website where you can print custom tags for each recipe if you plan to give them as gifts.  I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this book in the coming week prepping for the holiday!

12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup warm whole milk, at 110ºF
1/3 cup warm water, at 110ºF
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour plus ½ cup for rolling the dough
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. Grease the bottoms and sides of eight 8-ounce jars with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment at low speed, mix together the milk, water, granulated sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the 3 cups of flour with the salt and cardamom in a separate bowl.

2. Using the dough hook attachment at low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture. Once all of the flour is in, mix on medium speed for 7 to 8 minutes, until the dough starts to pull into a ball.

3. Sprinkle ¼ cup of flour on a clean, dry work surface and place the dough in the center. Sprinkle an additional 2 to 3 tablespoons of flour over the top of the dough. Knead to form a ball. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a dry cloth. Store in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

4. Punch down the dough. Turn it out onto a floured work surface and roll it into a rectangle. Using kitchen shears or a pizza slicer, cut the dough into 1-inch squares.

5. Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium-size bowl. Dip the dough squares into the remaining melted butter and then roll them gently in the brown sugar mixture. Fill the buttered jars with the dough squares until half full. Set in a warm place to rise for 50 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF.

6. Place the jars 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet. Bake the breads for 20 to 25 minutes or until the dough is cooked through. Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

I got a giggle seeing the jars bubbling away in the oven with all the buttery goodness.  Butter rocks in the right dish! My house smelled amazing while the bread was cooking, and I want your house to smell amazing too, so I am excited to share…

I am giving away a copy of
Desserts In Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine!

All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite dish to make at the holidays!  So easy!

For other additional entries:
1. Pin any picture from this post to your favorite Pinterest board.  Please leave the direct link to the pin in the comments section.
2. Tweet about this recipe and giveaway.  Please leave the direct link to the tweet in the comments section.

As a BONUS – there are 10 other blogs sharing recipes and have cookbooks to giveaway too!  That is 10 sweet chances to win and fabulous odds!  We are all posting on different days this week so be sure to check out the published posts as they go live on the day listed below.



  • Pam Clark from The Meltaways will be warming us up with the Spiced Hot Chocolate Mix with Cinnamon Marshmallows
  • Heather Gonzalez is the girlichef who can’t wait to share Orange White-Chocolate Cheesecakes with Cranberry Sauce



  • Jaime Rippy the blogger behind Mama Mommy Mom couldn’t resist the Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust
  • Renee Dobbs from Magnolia Days had so much fun preparing Monster Mix Cookies


  • Jen Martinez form Juanita’s Cocina is raving about the Basil Strawberry Lemonade Granita… oh yeah
  • Lane Richeson from Supper for a Steal loves the twist on an old favorite Strawberry Shortcake

I enjoy seeing the success of food bloggers and the publishing of their cookbooks.  I can only imagine how thrilled they are to see all their hard work come to fruition in a beautiful cookbook.  You  can check out  the author’s food blog, Food For My Family, for more  family friendly recipes, and if you would like to purchase this book for yourself or to give as a gift this season, you can purchase Desserts in Jars here.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Harvard Commons Press. The opinions and text are all mine

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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. Oh this looks yummy. I think it would be perfect for my Christmas morning brunch!
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Weekly Menu Review for Indian Spiced Christmas Dinner & an upcoming GiveawayMy Profile

  2. Sunithi says:

    This looks so gooey, yummy and lovely Karen. Can’t wait to try it out. My kids love cinnamon rolls so this will be a hit with them :) Yummm !!
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  3. Bidisha Banerjee says:

    Amazing recipe. Would love to try it this Winter.

  4. Karen… these look so good! I showed my kids and they want this to be the next #DessertsInJars recipe that we try!
    Family Foodie recently posted..You are invited to our Desserts in Jars Holiday Party #DessertsInJarsMy Profile

  5. It is amazing what you can do in a mason jar! Your bread looks absolutely delicious!

  6. Very yummy, Karen! I can almost smell the cinnamon! See you tomorrow night.I’m stopping by to chat at #dessertsinjars !
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  7. Stephanie Larison says:

    Mmm, these look like heaven in a jar! lol I love these, going to have to try this one out!

  8. Heather @girlichef
    Twitter: girlichef

    These are on my short-list! As in, I think I’m making them for Christmas. Yum!
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Orange White Chocolate Cheesecakes w/ Cranberry Sauce {#DessertsInJars}My Profile

  9. Bobbie Gilliam says:

    We love doing this for Christmas morning, it is an easy breakfast. Thanks for the chance

  10. Crystal Irvin says:

    I love making pull apart bread, but have never tried making it in jars

  11. megan denham says:

    This looks amazing!

  12. eppalm says:

    I hate cooking with yeast, but this makes it worth it. I will definitely use make this over the holidays. I tweeted how awesome the oozy-gooeys look, but don’t know how to put the link in.

  13. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
    Twitter: gottagetbaked

    Be still my beating heart – I LOVE cinnamon pull apart bread! I’m amazed that you can also bake it in the jars, that’s awesome.
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  14. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

  15. Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Twitter: PoetInThePantry

    I love making cookies for Christmas. Lots and lots of cookies. My favorites are so hard to narrow down–snowballs, peanut blossoms, candy cane blossoms, magic cookie bars, cinnamon chocolate bars… the list goes on and on!
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  16. Cheyenne Williams says:

    What a delicious-looking treat! Thanks for sharing this recipe with everyone! (:

  17. Diana Heiner says:

    I MUST find this recipe on pinterest! Looks AMAZING!

  18. This will be my second year making my grandma’s chocolate covered peanut butter balls. They are so yummy and it makes me feel connected to her when I make them.
    Tonia Jeffery recently posted..2 Little Hooligans Casserole CarrierMy Profile

  19. christie lopanec says:

    these look awesome!

  20. Holly says:

    I’d love to have this book in my kitchen! I enjoy making pies and think I see pies in a jar in my future!
    Holly recently posted..Gifts in a Jar: Gingerbread Cookie MixMy Profile

  21. Julie H says:

    Looks so yummy.

  22. kendall says:

    This looks so yumy!! :)

  23. Nadia says:

    My favorite dish to make during the holidays just happens to be cinnamon for Christmas breakfast. It’s once a year, so why not!
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  24. Patricia says:

    Oh yummy. I like to bake pumpkin bread.

  25. Cindy Brickley
    Twitter: cindy brickley

    My Oyster Stuffing is my Holiday favorite. I only make this for Thanksgiving and Xmas.
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  26. I love baking cookies for the holidays! Sugar cookies, gingerbread men, Andes Mint Chocolate cookies, Snowballs! :)
    Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama recently posted..A No Fuss Hot Cocoa Bar PartyMy Profile

  27. Mary says:

    Yummy! Will have to try this.

  28. This looks fantastic!! I love this idea – and it sounds like a wonderful cookbook! My favorite dish to make for the holidays is Cioppino!
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  29. Emily says:

    Or you can also be incredibly lazy like me and just buy the frozen bread dough at the grocery store ;) My favorite holiday food is home made boozy eggnog.
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  30. Vanessa D. says:

    Thank you! this does look yummy and I love bread!

  31. I have been eyeing this book ever since I heard about it–as one of my Pinterest boards can attest to, I love desserts in jar & mini treats! One of my favorite things to make at the holidays is cookies, especially toffee bars.Yum!
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  32. Lia Simpson says:

    We make an awesome breakfast buffet for Christmas morning – eggs, home fries, fresh kielbasa, cinnamon rolls and more!

  33. OMG … takes ooey gooey to a whole new level!!!!!
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  34. Carmen says:

    I love baking cookies but with two colds in less than 2 months, this year I’m going to have to stick with just the homemade caramels I made earlier.

  35. Andy Grice says:

    Does the bread come in chocolate chip flavor,just curious…

  36. Sandra Blanton says:

    This recipe is now bookmarked and I will be giving it a try! Looks delicious. Thanks for posting it..

  37. Jane Ritz says:

    I wouldlove to have this cookbook.I’m going to try the recipe above. It sounds like this cookbook is wonderful!!!

  38. Jennifer Jordan says:

    Thanks for sharing. The recipe looks delicious.

  39. ANN*H says:

    These look so delicious and yummy. I love in the jar gifts. Great for any occasion.
    I would love to win this book. thanks so much for the chance to win

  40. Daraya says:

    Mmmmmm! Looks so yummy! I’ll definitely have to make french toast soon! :)

  41. tami s says:

    These look great. This is a great gift idea for those last minute long distance relatives that I forgot are going to be in town. I will definitely try it.

  42. Chrystal S says:

    *drool* Im so pinning this recipe! And making it :)
    My favorite thing to make for the holidays is pumpkin bread. I know not very christmasy but hey I love it!

  43. Kristine A says:

    This looks incredible! I might make some to give to my friends.

  44. Judith Robinson says:

    Our favorite Holiday food is my mother-in-law’s dressing. None of us can make it as well as she does. She is 98 so has had lot of practice!