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Keep It Sweet Desserts Giveaway

April 12, 2012

Last fall when I was in NYC for The Rachael Ray Show, I had the pleasure of finally getting to meet my blog friend, Lauren, in real life. Lauren and I had been commenting on one another’s blogs and talking via Twitter for almost a year, and I was trilled to find out she is just as sweet and wonderful in person as she is on the web. Don’t you love it when that happens?

I knew Lauren loved to bake, so when she told me that she was quitting her job in finance to open up Keep It Sweet Desserts, an online bakery and catering company, I can’t say I was surprised. In fact, I was trilled for Lauren and her big step! But, as someone who loves to bake myself, I wasn’t sure about the notion of purchasing baked goods online; couldn’t I just make something myself and save the money?

Lauren offered to send me a mixed dozen of some of her desserts to coincide with the launch of Keep It Sweet Desserts to taste and review. I was a little nervous, reviewing desserts by someone I know and adore.

Well, the package arrived last week, and here’s the deal: Lauren’s desserts blew me away. Honestly, they are some of the best cookies and bars I’ve ever had. I can’t tell you how trilled I am to share them with you, and offer one of you the chance to win some yourself (keep reading). Here’s a look at what I tasted…

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies: Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations in a dessert, so it’s no surprise that I fell head over heels for this cookie. Lauren totally nailed it on the texture – crispy around the edges and filled with a soft minty center.

Black and White Blondies: These were the by far the biggest hit in our house! When I gave Joe one for dessert, he went crazy over them. In Joe’s words: “These are seriously the best dessert I’ve ever had.” He continued to study the blondies as he ate them, saying, “I’m trying to figure out what makes them so delicious.” Joe is absolutely right. These blondies are gooey in the center with a slightly caramel-like flavor and chewy and crispy around the edges. Perfection.Ā 

Cinnamon Chocolate Rugelach: This was the only dessert I wasn’t crazy about. That said, I think it has much more to do with the fact that I don’t really care for the texture and taste of rugelach rather than Lauren’s execution of the dessert. If you like rugelach, I would recommend trying it and seeing for yourself.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies: If you’re a fan of chewy cookies (which I seriously am) these are your dessert. While I could be satisfied eating just one rich blondie, I could easily eat a couple of these pleasantly sweet oatmeal cookies. The edges are just a little bit crispy and the centers are soft and peppered with white chocolate pieces and dried cranberries. I had to freeze the rest so I didn’t eat them all at once!

Now to the giveaway…Lauren has offered to send a dozen of her cookies, bars or cookie sandwiches to one lucky Espresso and Cream reader!

To Enter: Visit Keep It Sweet Desserts and check out their selection. Then leave a comment letting me know which dessert you would like to try.

More ways to win (leave a separate comment for each):
*Like Keep It Sweet Desserts on Facebook (click here)
*Tweet about the giveaway (leave your Twitter handle for verification)

Oh, and if you don’t win? Lauren is offering Espresso and Cream readers a 10% discount on purchases from her site. Just use the code EspressoandCream at checkout!

Madison

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96 Comments

  • Reply Ashley April 12, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Bars and blondies variety pack please! Wow!

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal April 12, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Milk Chocolate Toffee Rugelach please! šŸ™‚ mmm

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal April 12, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I liked Keep It Sweet on Facebook! Awesome cover photo

  • Reply Mindy Northrop April 12, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I thought for sure I’d be all over the peppermint patty one, but the peanut butter cup cookies looks amazing too. I’m thinkin’ the variety pack would be my friend.

  • Reply Randi Lynne April 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Black and White Blondies, for sure.

  • Reply Andrea April 12, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Oh my! Those look delicious! I would probably like to try the White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal cookies. They all look so tasty.

  • Reply Andrea April 12, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I also liked Keep It Sweet Desserts on Facebook!

  • Reply amy beth marantino April 12, 2012 at 2:39 am

    i would like to try the Peanut Butter and Jelly Rugelach

  • Reply Abby April 12, 2012 at 2:41 am

    definitely the Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies!!

  • Reply Michelle April 12, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Everything looks so delicious. I would probably choose the peanut butter stuffed cookies.

  • Reply Tguetlich April 12, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I would love to try the Salted Carmel Butter Bars. Best of Luck to Lauren for following her dream!

  • Reply Deb April 12, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I would like to try the White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie!!

  • Reply Naina Sood April 12, 2012 at 3:50 am

    I’m just starting to learn to cook – and so far, the only sweet (ish) things I’ve been brave enough to try are pancakes. The black and white chip blondies look like what I dream about being able to create. However, I’d have to go with the caramel pecan brownies. Or the blondies. Or the Peanut butter sandwich cookies. Nope, it’d definitely be the caramel pecan brownies.

    All the best to Lauren – if her stuff tastes even half as good as it looks, she’ll be a squillionaire in no time!

  • Reply Sarah D. April 12, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Peppermint Patty Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies sound amazing!

  • Reply Colleen April 12, 2012 at 4:42 am

    I would choose the Salted Carmel Butter Bars!

  • Reply Krisla April 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Peanut butter stuffed triple chocolate cookies!

  • Reply Angela Bomgaars April 12, 2012 at 5:42 am

    The Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies sound amaazing!

  • Reply Jennifer April 12, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I would be more than happy to try anything that she makes, but if I absolutely had to choose, I would go with the Peppermint Patty Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies. Mint and chocolate are a great combo!

  • Reply Katieostoes April 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

    The blondies look so yummy! Also, I bet that everything is pretty darn good. I would like to try the peanut butter stuffed triple chocolate cookies!

  • Reply Shelly April 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I would love the Brownies and Bars Variety Pack! That way I can try several different flavors.

  • Reply Danielle C April 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Mmmm!! The Brownies and Bars Variety pack sounds so good!!

  • Reply Melissa@IWasBornToCook April 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

    The caramel lover’s only bars look amazing. I’ve been a big fan of Lauren’s for a while…everything she bakes looks terrific!

  • Reply Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    What a yummy giveaway! I’ll have the peppermint patty stuffed triple chocolate cookies, please! Sounds so much better than thin mints. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Anne @ From Anne's Kitchen April 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Yum! What a great collection of desserts! I have to say, the peppermint patty stuffed triple chocolate cookies look amazing although the milk chocolate almond toffee cookies were a close second!

  • Reply Jennifer April 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    What a hard decision! Salted Carmel Butter Bars.

  • Reply Rebecca April 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’d love to try out the peanut butter cup stuffed triple chocolate cookies.

  • Reply Kelly April 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Oh wow!! It would be a toss up between the salted caramel bars and the peppermint patty stuffed cookies…how could I ever decide?

  • Reply kelly April 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I followed on FB as well.

  • Reply Lindsay April 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    What an amazing giveaway! I’d love to try the rugelach. I’ve never had that and it sounds delicious!

  • Reply Sarah Dillard April 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I’m joining the salted caramel butter bar crowd. But the Matzo Crack also sounds delicious and addictive!

  • Reply Lindsay April 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I liked Sweet Desserts on FB!

  • Reply Emilie April 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    The milk chocolate almond toffee oatmeal cookies look amazing!

  • Reply Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Like Joe, I have been dyingggg to try the Black and White Blondies. They sound like perfection!! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I like Keep It Sweet Desserts on FB!

  • Reply Kristen April 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Definitely the Salted Caramel Butter Bars! Yum!

  • Reply Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    And I tweeted this lovely giveaway. šŸ™‚ (@ChipChipHooray)

  • Reply Jennifer April 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    What a fun giveaway! I would pick the cookie variety pack – how do you go wrong with that???

    thank you!

  • Reply Gabby Bladdick April 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    If I ever have a perfect chocolate chip cookie (which I have yet to find) I have a strange feeling it will be found at Keep It Sweets Desserts.

  • Reply Michelle April 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    What a great idea- and all of the desserts look amazing! I would love the cookie sandwich- specifically the KISD Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Reply Peggycrawford April 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Diet? What diet? Those black and blond brownies have me from the first look! Please enter me in your giveaway!

  • Reply Rachbarnes April 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    OMG all of her sweets look divine! I would like to try the salted caramel butter bars or the PB&J Rugelach!

  • Reply Rachbarnes April 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I like her on facebook too šŸ™‚

  • Reply Alisa Who? April 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    You sold me on the Black and White Blondes

  • Reply Alisa Who? April 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Liked her on FB!

  • Reply Chelsy Ethridge April 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Ummmmm definitely the peanut butter cup stuffed cookies…for sure!

  • Reply Chelsy Ethridge April 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I follow her on FB!

  • Reply Chelsy Ethridge April 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  • Reply Chelsy Ethridge April 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    @misschels

  • Reply Maureen April 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Black and white blondies look so good.

  • Reply AHuffMama April 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Black and white blondies! I bet my hubby will get just as excited as Joe šŸ™‚

  • Reply AHuffMama April 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Liked her on Facebook too. You twisted my arm šŸ™‚

  • Reply Natalie April 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I would LOVE to win her chocolate chip mocha ganache cookies, PLEASE! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Natalie April 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I also, liked her on FB! šŸ™‚

    A while ago!

  • Reply Natalie April 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Tweeted about it too! šŸ™‚
    @PastryProblems

  • Reply Maura April 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    definitely the peanut butter cup stuffed triple copy cookies!!! perfect combo!

  • Reply Krysten Schwartz April 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I liked her on facebook! Oh my goodness, that cover photo–I wanted to eat my screen!

  • Reply Maura April 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I liked her on facebook too šŸ™‚

  • Reply Carrie Mok April 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee Oatmeal Cookies with Mocha Ganache. WOW!!!

  • Reply Ashleyjwilkerson April 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    It’s got to be the peanut butter stuffed triple chocolate cookies. Peanut butter cookies are always my favorite!!! Everything looks delicious!

  • Reply Neena April 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Definitely the PB stuffed cookies! PB and chocolate = best combo ever! Thank you!

  • Reply Amy Nghe April 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    The Peanut Butter stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies look amazing!

  • Reply lisabella April 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I like it simple: the chocolate chip cookies look wonderful!

  • Reply lisabella April 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I like KISD on FB!

  • Reply Ileana April 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Those blondies sound great!

  • Reply Naina Sood April 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Liked on facebook = done! Thanks, Madison!

  • Reply Deanarooks April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Milk chocolate almond toffee cookie! I am craving it just thinking about it!

  • Reply woodsolm April 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    black and white blondies!!

  • Reply Ashley Huisman April 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I’d have to go with the black and white blondies! They look amazing… šŸ™‚

  • Reply Jonalyn Forman April 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The cookie sandwiches are looking like a winner to me! Yumm-o!

  • Reply Ashlilauren April 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    The salted caramel butter bars sounds delicious!

  • Reply Pammyroo April 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Would love to try the peppermint sandwich cookies!

  • Reply Urban Wife April 13, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Salted Caramel Butter Bars ~ yum!!

  • Reply Jennifer T. April 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

    It all looks delicious, but I’d love to try the Salted Caramel Butter Bars.

  • Reply Helen April 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Oh I am a sucker for peppermint and chocolate so I would go with the peppermint patty cookie šŸ™‚

  • Reply Helen April 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I like keep it sweet desserts on FB!!

  • Reply Helen April 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I tweeted!! @helennaturally

  • Reply Cathie A. April 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I would love to try the hershey kiss brownie bites.

  • Reply Jenny Lee April 13, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I’d love the milk chocolate almond toffee oatmeal cookie sandwiches with peanut butter buttercream. what a mouthful!

  • Reply Marilynmayberry April 13, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Cookies are my favorite. I love them all.

  • Reply Elena V April 13, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I’d love to try the Matzo Crack.
    Elena V
    wildorchad@rambler.ru

  • Reply Caitlin M April 13, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Wow I would definitely get the brownies and bars variety pack because I’m a HUGE brownie/blondie whore and I can’t decide! they all look great. ~Caitlin M

  • Reply Amanda Thompson April 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Well, I want to try it all but I’ll go with her Salted Caramel Butter Bars!

  • Reply Allison April 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    They all look amazing but I’m a sucker for peanut butter cups. That being said I would have to chose the peanut butter cup stuffed triple chocolate cookies they sound so decadent!

  • Reply katie smith April 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I think I am the target audience for the white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies… YUM!

  • Reply katie smith April 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    also just liked the page on fb! i think i’m gonna go ahead and order some anyway…

  • Reply justinelorelle April 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    That all sounds AMAZING! I follow Lauren on Twitter, and I’ve always been tempted to order from her šŸ™‚

  • Reply Marianne April 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    What a beautiful site she has! I’d love one of the triple chocolate peppermint patty cookies….right now!

  • Reply Dani_the_girl23 April 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I would like to try the Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee Oatmeal Cookies please! Will you ship to Scotland though????

  • Reply Wehaf April 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I’d love to try the Salted Caramel Butter Bars!

  • Reply Jane April 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my gosh! It all looks so incredible…how to choose? I think I’d have to go with the black and white blondies that you featured!

  • Reply AshleyMT April 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich with the Mocha Ganache filling!!!

  • Reply Cara April 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

    The peanut butter stuffed cookies look amazing!

  • Reply Sandy April 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Would love the peppermint chocolate cookies

  • Reply Wanda in Edmonton April 15, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Madison, if I won, I would choose the peppermint patty stuffed triple chocolate cookies. And I would have them sent to my friend, Yvonne, in Natick, MA because she is the sweetest, most generous friend a person could have – and because, if she really liked them, she would be a great promoter of the product. Wanda in Edmonton

  • Reply Desserts Sandy May 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Is this giveaway still going on? Those cookies and sweets looks so good.

    • Reply Madison Mayberry May 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Sandy, the giveaway is over, I’m afraid. But do be sure to check out Lauren’s site!

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