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Cardamom Pear Crisps and Desserts in Jars Giveaway

Are you thinking about fall yet? Truthfully, now that we’re already a week into August, I am. Don’t worry, I’m not about to start up with the pumpkin recipes or anything like that (yet). But when summer starts winding down a bit and the air begins to turn a little cooler, I start thinking about cozying up for autumn, my favorite time of the year…so when I recieved a copy of my good friend Shaina’s gorgeous new cookbook, Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, I couldn’t help but turn to the recipe for Cardamom Pear Crisps. I love Shaina’s book for many reasons – her writing, the beautiful photos, the “fun factor” of having a perfectly portioned dessert in your own special jar (not to mention that as I always have a million jars around the house due to my business, it’s quite practical for me!). Also, with a chapter devoted to mixes for gift giving, you’ll always be prepared to bring a homemade touch to any special occasion. Today, Shaina has graciously allowed me to share her Cardamom Pear Crisp recipe with you that I’ve already fallen in love with…and, don’t forget to scroll down for your chance to win a copy of her lovely book!

For the pear filling:

For the crisp topping:

To make the filling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Core the pears and cut them into 1/4″ thick slices. Toss them with the lemon juice.

Toss them with the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon.

Fill six half-pint jars with the pears to 1/4″ from the top. To make the topping, whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, cardamom, ginger, and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Spoon the topping over the pears and press down gently.

Place the jars 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

To win a copy of Desserts in Jars, leave a comment telling me your favorite dessert. Giveaway ends Sunday, August 12th at midnight. One winner will be randomly selected using and announced Monday, August 13th. Good luck!

Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Desserts in Jars from Shaina’s publisher at no cost. The giveaway is provided by me and is open to US residents only. I was not compensated with additional products, gifts, gift cards, or money, and the opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted by on August 7, 2012.

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126 Responses

  1. Lately, I’m addicted to cupcakes!

    by Hannah on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

  2. Chocolate mousse! What wouldn’t I do for a bowl of it…

    by Amanda on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

  3. It’s been so hot up here in Michigan this summer that I’ve been making my own ice cream – yum! But one of my absolute favorite baked desserts is baked pears with grapa and vanilla beans. I can’t remember the name of the recipe, but, Oh. My. Lanta.

    by Jenny on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

  4. I am DEFINITELY thinking about fall already!
    My favorite dessert is apple crisp!

    by Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

  5. My favorite recipe is an oatmeal/chocolate/peanut butter no-bake bar cookie. SO unbelievably good. :)

    by Sarah on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

  6. I love creme caramel.

    by Maureen on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

  7. My favorite would have to be French Apple Pie! Mmmmm!

    by Tracy P on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

  8. My favorite dessert is a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling… yummmm

    by Heidi on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

  9. I LOVE Oreo Fluff dessert. Chocolate, cool whip, and Oreos…what more is needed :) ,

    by Jenna Johnson on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

  10. My favorite would be Red Velvet cake.

    by Darla on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

  11. I love chocolate cake but my other more unusual favorite is sticky toffee pudding!

    by Hannah on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

  12. Nothing beats peanut butter ice cream with hot fudge sauce. mmmmmmm

    by Laurie Kozerski on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

  13. Raw Apple Cake

    by Laurel Wycoff on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

  14. I pretty much love all desserts! I love to bake, so any kinda baked good works!

    by Kelly on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

  15. I love rhubarb crisp, but I also love anything with cardamom and definitely want to try this recipe! Thanks for the giveaway and excited to find your blog in time to enter!

    by Sara on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

  16. I am totally on a dessert in a jar kick, I had a red velvet cake in a jar and it was amazing! Love your summery recipe with pears, it sounds delicious!

    by Catalina @ Cake with Love on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

  17. My favorite dessert is blackberry cobbler with homemade French vanilla ice cream, yum!

    My fiance is deployed, and I sent him cake-in-a-jar for his birthday a few months ago…he LOVED it. This book sounds awesome!!

    by Sarah on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

  18. This looks amazing! I’m so excited for fall baking.

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake, preferably a chocolate variety :)

    by Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

  19. I love lemon cake!!

    by Chelai on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  20. My absolute favorite dessert is a fudgy brownie…even better with homemade ice cream!

    by Julie on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

  21. I absolutely love anything green tea flavored–ice cream, starbucks frappes, cheesecake. I had some green tea mousse petit fours at a boba shop in jacksonville, fl that were super delicious

    by Lauren H on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

  22. I love cheesecake- every kind, but mostly the original. So good.
    thanks for sharing.

    by cynthia on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  23. I love fruit pies- crumbles, crisps, cobblers. Can’t wait to try them in jars!

    by cyndi on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  24. Anything chocolate- chocolate cake especially!

    by allegra on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

  25. My favorite dessert is cookies. Preferably the soft chewy kind :-)

    by Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  26. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

    by Shawn O'Reilly on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  27. My all time favorite dessert is Black Forest Cake. YUM! But this looks heavenly and who knew how expensive Cardamom is, holy gosh I went to make a recipe recently and everywhere i went it was upwards of 14 dollars for a dinky container, I ended up getting some at Target, for a mere 8 dollars, YIKES! It best be the best tasting spice on earth.

    by Dee on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  28. this summer, i’m all about homemade ice cream!

    by kristin on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  29. I love chocolate mousse! But this recipe looks so good to me right now, too.

    by Debbie on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  30. My favorite dessert is ice cream – any kind, any way. I can’t get enough. :)

    by Sarah C on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  31. Triple chocolate mousse cake…thank you, cook’s illustrated!

    by Catherine on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  32. Yesterday I made a peach pie with sour cream in the filling and a crumb topping. It doesn’t get high marks for looks, but it’s very delish and my favorite of the week!

    by Erin H.M. on Aug 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  33. Oooh . . . good question. I think my favorite dessert is Dulce de Leche ice cream. Or maybe fresh berries loaded down with heavy cream. And I love, love, love cardamom, so these sound absolutely delightful! (not to mention cute)

    by Jenna on Aug 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

  34. I love double chocolate cake!

    by Kara D on Aug 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  35. Sour Cream Lemon pie is a favorite but this cardamom pear crisp looks awesome! Love pears, love cardamom…I am making this soon.

    by MaryB on Aug 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  36. Oh this recipe looks so delicious! And would love to read that book too, I’m sure it’s full of other great ideas. It’s hard to pick a favorite dessert, especially since I have such a sweet tooth. But one of my favorites is Suspiro a la Limena, a traditional Peruvian dessert made with Dulce de Leche, and port wine-infused meringue. The texture is incredibly silky and sensual, and even though it’s incredibly sweet, I can’t stop myself from eating the whole thing.

    by Peru Delights on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  37. I would love to win this to get more ideas for my jars! I recently made pots de cream with my jars and loved it!

    by Kel on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  38. WOW, pick one….that is hard.
    But I would have to say Peach Cobbler.
    Fresh off the tree, Peach Cobbler…. Yummy!!!

    by Michelle Roberts on Aug 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  39. probably cheesecake

    by gail on Aug 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

  40. I usually don’t start thinking of fall until the last week of September, and I refuse to make anything with pumpkin until the first of October. October 1st is the start of fall for me, and I don’t care if the calendar says otherwise.

    Before my trip to England, I would have said chocolate chip cookies, but I have moved past that. My now absolute FAVORITE thing in the WORLD is treacle sponge cake. It is the most magic thing ever!!!

    by Becca - Cookie Jar Treats on Aug 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

  41. I’m in love with caramel pecan pie – I make it every Thanksgiving! Also anything chocolate & hazelnut related… perhaps in cheesecake form?! I can’t choose just one!

    by Danah on Aug 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

  42. My favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup!

    by Shannon on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  43. I love lots of desserts, especially chocolate chip cookies and coconut cream pie!

    by Jen R on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  44. Those crisps look amazing – love the combo of pears and cardamom, totally perfect!

    My favorite dessert…realllllly hard to pick, but I think at the moment I’d have to go with peach pie!

    by sara on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  45. I love brownies!

    by Mimi on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  46. My favorite dessert is Mocha Tiramisu Cupcake…I can’t wait to put it in a jar! :)

    by Amy Tong on Aug 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

  47. a favorite dessert – you’ve got to be kidding me! well, if i HAD to pick JUST ONE i guess i will go with tiramisu… yum yum!

    by Sarah on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  48. My favorite dessert is chocolate cream pie!

    by Terri on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  49. Oh, man, I don’t know if I can pick a favorite. I once had a sour cream cherry pie in a little diner that was crazy good…I wish I could find a recipe again!

    by BarbaraC on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:21 am

  50. lemon bars are my craving today

    by Jessica H. on Aug 8, 2012 at 7:33 am

  51. Lately I’ve been enjoying salted brown butter rice crispy treats – delish!

    by Erin on Aug 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

  52. My favorite dessert is any kind of fruit crisp, or fruit pie…mmm!

    by Jeanne ODonnell on Aug 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

  53. I adore pie! Love to make mini pies! Now thinking about pie in jars…

    by Zoe Rose on Aug 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

  54. Chocolate Cream Pie!! YUM

    by Kristina on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

  55. I am SO ready for fall. And my favorite dessert is key lime pie!

    by Jen @ Savory Simple on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

  56. My favorite dessert is probably an awesome apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust.

    by Elin on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:22 am

  57. I have a love for cupcakes! I love how versatile and different you can make each flavor! They are also so delicious and fun to make !

    by Corisa on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

  58. My favorite desert is pie and unusual cupcakes. I am wanting to try baking pie in a jar. Thanks!

    by TERESA on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

  59. Creme brûlée!

    by Margaret on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

  60. When I bake for family, friends & even strangers, I look to ingredients I enjoy like chocolate, blueberries, peaches, peanut butter, and anything with nuts. Ya just gotta have nuts in sweets. My favorite? Hmmmm probably my killer chocolate chip cookies or better-than-crack brownies (the taste is more amazing than the name & just as addicting).

    by Cheryl on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

  61. Peach pie or blueberry pie or coconut cream pie or…… you get the picture. BUT they have to be homemade!

    by Deborah on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

  62. My favorite dessert is apple pie.

    by Cheryl on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

  63. My favorite fall time dessert is cheddar pear pie. So yummy and full of wonderfully ripe pears, covered with a crumb topping with shredded cheddar cheese mixed in. Yummmmm!

    by Norma on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

  64. I love all desserts! If I had to pick a favoriteit would be cheesecake :)

    by Deanna on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

  65. Most recently?: Tiny Cheesecakes in a Jar… SO perfect for lunch on the go, and an evening guilty treat!! (Recipe for them found at MyBakingAddiction)

    by Andrea on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

  66. Chocolate Eclairs are my fave!

    by Lynda M. on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

  67. Hard to pick but probably vanilla gelato :)

    by Lisa on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

  68. Cherry pie!

    by Christine R on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

  69. Oh these look lovely! I don’t discriminate when it comes to desserts, but I must say, my heart does a little flutter when I get to enjoy creme brulee. SO decadent!

    by Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

  70. Is it fair to say anything in a jar?!

    Outside of jar foods, probably fruit pizza. May have to investigate making it in jar form…

    by Maria on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:38 am

  71. My favorite dessert is anything with apples!

    by barbara n on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

  72. Cheesecake. Love cheesecake…

    by Amy on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

  73. This summer has been super hot so we have been all about home made ice cream..what a treat!
    It’s hard to pick one I love love most all desserts!

    by Diane on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

  74. My favorite is cinnamon bananas baked in oven with butter until the melt in your mouth!!!

    by Jennifer on Aug 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  75. Authentic Irish Cheesecake…mmmmmmmmmmm!

    by Gil Crews on Aug 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  76. Hi Tracy, my all time favorite would have to be coffee cake. My mom use to make this for me when i was young. It was always wonderful! she use to make it when we went on vacation and would be spending a lot of time in the car, because it travels well, and I would always take it any way I could get it! I lost my mom about two years ago and every time I have it now I can almost feel my mom’s arms wrapped around me in a bigol’ hug!! I think coffee cakes would really look cute in the jars!! and I would LOVE to win the book, I’ve been wanting it for awhile now, Thanks for the chance!!!!

    by Trish on Aug 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  77. Cake scraps (the leftovers bits you have when you level a cake)

    by diana on Aug 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  78. Anything made with Lemons…Always has been my favorite.

    by Mary Lynn on Aug 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  79. It’s so hard to choose, but I think chocolate cookie dough brownies edge out the top place. YUM!!

    by Marlene on Aug 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

  80. As of today, I am in complete fall mode!! Love this sweet treat. My fav dessert? Hands down apple pie. Mmm mmm!

    by Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

  81. I make a pretty good apple cobbler that my husband adores! I’ve substituted with peaches, blackberries, depending on the seasons. But the apple is the clear winner.

    by Micky on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  82. Red Velvet cake oh just saying it is making me drool! Thanks for the chance!

    by Ellie A. on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  83. My fave dessert is Buttercake!

    by Mary Thompson on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  84. I love Chocolate Baileys cake and cheesecake. I make them sugar-free.

    by Roberto Riveros on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  85. Anything chocolate!
    But I’d have to say brownie caramel with toffee, heavenly!!!

    by LaurBucjs on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

  86. Hmmm… my favorite? I am definitely a dessert person so this is hard to just pick one. I’m going to say a warm chewy fudge brownie, drizzled with caramel, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If there are any sprinkles on hand I’ll put those on top too for color. Soooo good!

    by Janet C. on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  87. My favorite dessert is probably my aunt’s Rum Cake. It’s a staple in our family and we all love it.

    by Amy on Aug 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

  88. My all time favorite is Red Velvet Cake. My mom uses that as my birthday cake.

    by Robin M on Aug 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  89. German chocolate cake

    by SEAS on Aug 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  90. My daughter wants me to learn to make cake in jars. I told her she’s 18 – go for it!

    by V on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

  91. My favorite dessert to eat and bake is peanut butter cheesecake with oreo cookie crust. top with chocolate ganache and reeses pb cups and you have eaten enough calories for 2 weeks…but sooo worth it :O)

    by colleen on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm


    by Kathleen Erbe on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  93. Brownies are my favorite, but I love lemon meringue pie, panna cotta, rhubarb crisp…the list goes on and on…

    by Amanda L. on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  94. My absolute favorite dessert is Carrot Cake!

    by Cindy B. on Aug 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  95. red velvet cake

    by Kim on Aug 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  96. I really love dessert of any kind, but if I could only have one dessert for the rest of my life it would be homemade chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. YUM!

    by Crystal on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

  97. I adore cupcakes! :)

    by Mandy L. on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  98. If it is sweet and decadent, it is my favorite especially if it has chocolate in it.

    by Pat on Aug 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  99. Molten lava cake!!!

    by cara on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  100. I love the way a fresh apple pie makes my kitchen smell! Can’t wait until Fall :)

    by Marilyn M. on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  101. well alright!

    by Cinthia on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm

  102. One of my favorite desserts is definitely a molten chocolate lava cake!!

    by Sarah H.P. on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  103. Cheesecake has always been my fav dessert:-)

    by Sarah E. on Aug 9, 2012 at 2:00 am

  104. I love creme brulee!

    by Robin on Aug 9, 2012 at 6:45 am

  105. My favorite dessert is a 14 layer yellow cake with chocolate fudge frosting!

    by kesha on Aug 9, 2012 at 6:46 am

  106. My favorite dessert is ice cream, but I also have a soft spot for my mom’s rhubarb crisp.

    by Sarah L on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

  107. Homemade ice cream!

    by Birch on Aug 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  108. Tiramisu is my favorite dessert
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    by Carolsue on Aug 10, 2012 at 5:47 am

  109. Mmmm..pear crisp can’t be beat! My favorite dessert has to be cheesecake! :)

    by Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen on Aug 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  110. These days, peach cobbler seems to be my fav! (But ask me tomorrow and I might say cheesecake!)

    by Emily Bruno on Aug 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  111. Ice cream!!!

    by Taylor on Aug 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

  112. Chocolate! Anything with chocolate. I love naniamo bars, fudgy brownies, chocolate cake. Love it all.

    by Janice on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:32 pm

  113. my favorite dessert is anything dense and dark chocolatey!

    by bianca @ sweet dreaming on Aug 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

  114. I love Coconut Meringue Pie!

    by Debra Lee on Aug 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  115. I gravitate towards any dessert involving chocolate or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

    by Kim C on Aug 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

  116. Boston Cream Pie..favorite!!!

    by Marsha Lynne on Aug 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  117. I love ice cream… and cake…. and…

    by Lagean (Gena) on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm

  118. Coooooookies!

    by Taylor on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm

  119. I adore brownies topped with homemade vanilla ice cream.

    by CJ Pillow on Aug 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

  120. Cake Box Cookies.

    by Laura on Aug 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

  121. I love a good cheesecake. Hmmm…. I think I will go make one. :)

    by casey stonecypher on Aug 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  122. I love, love, love carrot cake frosted with a thick spread of cream cheese frosting, complete with carrot decor….

    by donna on Aug 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  123. I love cobbler….there’s nothing better than hot, fresh peach cobbler with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream!

    by Kristin on Aug 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  124. My favorite dessert is brownies

    by Megan on Aug 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

  125. Its a toss up between chocolate mousse cake or chocolate brownie cheesecake

    by Angela on Sep 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  126. Bourbon Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova

    by April Wine on Oct 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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