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. 

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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  • Ashley

    Bars and blondies variety pack please! Wow!

  • http://sensualappeal.wordpress.com/ Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Milk Chocolate Toffee Rugelach please! :) mmm

  • http://sensualappeal.wordpress.com/ Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    I liked Keep It Sweet on Facebook! Awesome cover photo

  • Mindy Northrop

    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.

  • Randi Lynne

    Black and White Blondies, for sure.

  • Andrea

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

  • Andrea

    I also liked Keep It Sweet Desserts on Facebook!

  • amy beth marantino

    i would like to try the Peanut Butter and Jelly Rugelach

  • Abby

    definitely the Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies!!

  • Michelle

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

  • Tguetlich

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

  • Deb

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

  • Naina Sood

    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!

  • Sarah D.

    Peppermint Patty Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies sound amazing!

  • Colleen

    I would choose the Salted Carmel Butter Bars!

  • Krisla

    Peanut butter stuffed triple chocolate cookies!

  • Angela Bomgaars

    The Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies sound amaazing!

  • Jennifer

    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!

  • http://katieostoes.blogspot.com/ Katieostoes

    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!

  • Shelly

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

  • http://danicakesvt.com/ Danielle C

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

  • http://iwasborntocook.blogspot.com/ Melissa@IWasBornToCook

    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!

  • http://www.keepitsimplefoods.com/ Jen @ keepitsimplefoods

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

  • http://fromanneskitchen.blogspot.com/ Anne @ From Anne’s Kitchen

    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!

  • Jennifer

    What a hard decision! Salted Carmel Butter Bars.

  • Rebecca

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

  • Kelly

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

  • kelly

    I followed on FB as well.

  • Lindsay

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

  • Sarah Dillard

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

  • Lindsay

    I liked Sweet Desserts on FB!

  • Emilie

    The milk chocolate almond toffee oatmeal cookies look amazing!

  • http://chipchiphooray.wordpress.com/ Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

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

  • http://chipchiphooray.wordpress.com/ Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    I like Keep It Sweet Desserts on FB!

  • Kristen

    Definitely the Salted Caramel Butter Bars! Yum!

  • http://chipchiphooray.wordpress.com/ Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    And I tweeted this lovely giveaway. :) (@ChipChipHooray)

  • Jennifer

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

    thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/gabb_b Gabby Bladdick

    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.

  • Michelle

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

  • Peggycrawford

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

  • Rachbarnes

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

  • Rachbarnes

    I like her on facebook too :)

  • http://twitter.com/alisa_who Alisa Who?

    You sold me on the Black and White Blondes

  • http://twitter.com/alisa_who Alisa Who?

    Liked her on FB!

  • Chelsy Ethridge

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

  • Chelsy Ethridge

    I follow her on FB!

  • Chelsy Ethridge

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  • Chelsy Ethridge

    @misschels

  • Maureen

    Black and white blondies look so good.

  • AHuffMama

    Black and white blondies! I bet my hubby will get just as excited as Joe :-)

  • AHuffMama

    Liked her on Facebook too. You twisted my arm :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06518000809798213730 Natalie

    I would LOVE to win her chocolate chip mocha ganache cookies, PLEASE! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06518000809798213730 Natalie

    I also, liked her on FB! :)

    A while ago!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06518000809798213730 Natalie

    Tweeted about it too! :)
    @PastryProblems

  • Maura

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

  • Krysten Schwartz

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

  • Maura

    I liked her on facebook too :)

  • Carrie Mok

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

  • Ashleyjwilkerson

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

  • Neena

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

  • Amy Nghe

    The Peanut Butter stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies look amazing!

  • lisabella

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

  • lisabella

    I like KISD on FB!

  • http://alittlesaffron.com/ Ileana

    Those blondies sound great!

  • Naina Sood

    Liked on facebook = done! Thanks, Madison!

  • Deanarooks

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

  • woodsolm

    black and white blondies!!

  • Ashley Huisman

    I’d have to go with the black and white blondies! They look amazing… :)

  • Jonalyn Forman

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

  • Ashlilauren

    The salted caramel butter bars sounds delicious!

  • Pammyroo

    Would love to try the peppermint sandwich cookies!

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    Salted Caramel Butter Bars ~ yum!!

  • Jennifer T.

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

  • http://helennaturally.wordpress.com Helen

    Oh I am a sucker for peppermint and chocolate so I would go with the peppermint patty cookie :)

  • http://helennaturally.wordpress.com Helen

    I like keep it sweet desserts on FB!!

  • http://helennaturally.wordpress.com Helen

    I tweeted!! @helennaturally

  • Cathie A.

    I would love to try the hershey kiss brownie bites.

  • Jenny Lee

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

  • Marilynmayberry

    Cookies are my favorite. I love them all.

  • Elena V

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

  • Caitlin M

    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

  • Amanda Thompson

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

  • Allison

    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!

  • katie smith

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

  • katie smith

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

  • http://twitter.com/justinelorelle justinelorelle

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

  • Marianne

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

  • Dani_the_girl23

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

  • Wehaf

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

  • Jane

    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!

  • AshleyMT

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07223840964487999435 Cara

    The peanut butter stuffed cookies look amazing!

  • Sandy

    Would love the peppermint chocolate cookies

  • Wanda in Edmonton

    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

  • http://quickdesserts.net/ Desserts Sandy

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

    • Madison Mayberry

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