Just in Time for Christmas– Smart Sweets eBook {Review & Giveaway}

Christmas is still a few days away, but I’m already feeling like I’ve indulged in a few too many holiday sweets. There’s just something about the holidays though that makes me want to do more baking… and keep indulging! Thankfully, I now have just the resource to provide me with some sweet recipes that aren’t going to give me a sugar high… and crash.

Our very own contributor Katie Kimball, has written a new eBook called Smart Sweets, a cookbook full of desserts that are healthier than your standard sweet. I always find that it helps to indulge a bit rather than restrict all goodies and then end up binging later (or is that just me?).

In Katie’s own words, she wrote this book because, well, desserts are fun. “I say it’s better to indulge in a wiser dessert than fall completely off the wagon and cavort with Sara Lee or Betty Crocker,” she says. Amen, sister.

Read on to learn more about Smart Sweets and see how you can win a copy.


Forget just the benefit of being healthy, Katie’s dessert lineup appears downright sinful–there are so many delicious-sounding recipes I can’t wait to try. I love how she always comments on her recipes with pointers, tips and variations, too.

It sure looks like most if not all of these recipes would please the not-so-health-conscious crowd as well, which is always a plus.

Just today I whipped up a batch of her Peanut Butter Kisses (pictured at top of post). Not only were they easy to make but these are a great, raw treat that I’d be happy to give my kids when they’re on the lookout for something sweet.

I added some grain-sweetened chocolate chips to them, because I can’t resist a peanut-butter-and-chocolate combo, and they were delicious! The grain-sweetened chocolate chips taste, well, grain-sweetened but mixed into the PB Kisses, I could hardly tell the difference– honestly!


Katie has generously offered to give three lucky Simple Organic readers a copy of Smart Sweets.

How to enter:

1. Mandatory: Leave a comment telling us your guilty pleasure when it comes to desserts.

2. Optional Extra Entry: Check out the table of contents and choose the recipe that interests you the most (leave a comment her telling us).

3. Optional Extra Entry: Pick one– Follow both Katie and Simple Organic on Twitter, OR like Katie and SO on Facebook, and leave a comment here telling us.

Disclaimer: I received this eBook free to review and am an affiliate, so any of your purchases via this post will support my work here at Simple Organic. 

Giveaway ends Friday, December 23rd, at midnight PST. Good luck, and happy baking! If you’d like to get baking right away, Katie is offering a discount code for SO readers. Simple enter Organic25 for 25% off the book (expiring on 1/4/2012) at checkout.

About Nicole

Nicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog GidgetGoesHome.com, and is the editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.


  1. Indulgence? Anything with buttercream icing.

  2. Just had a coconut bon bon. Coconut is soooo good!
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  3. Would love to try the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies!
    Judy @ A Meek Perspective´s latest post: Christmas With Nature

  4. I already like Simple Organic on FB and now I also like Kitchen Stewardship.
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  5. Indulgence : mint brownies

  6. “Death by Chocolate”… It is so light and creamy, I cannot stop eating it! Fortunately it is refrigerated, so walking back and forth to the fridge to spoon another bite burns a few calories :)

  7. Would love to try honey molasses cookies!

  8. My guilty pleasure…? Anything chocolate…

  9. Now I like Katie on facebook

  10. Ooooooo… Cider Donut Spiced Cupcakes! I looked and looked for a new fall recipe that was not pumpkin-something, and these sound amazing!

  11. I would love to try the black bean brownies!

  12. My guilty pleasure is having dessert after almost every lunch and dinner meal. I love anything that’s dense with chocolate! From Katie’s cookbook, it was tough to decide a favorite – either the brownies (love the spouted option!) or the cherry almond crepes. Yum!

  13. I like both Katie and SO on FB!

  14. I already “like” Simply Organic on FB, and now I “like” Katie too!

  15. One of my guilty pleasures is marzipan cake my oma (grandma) sends to us from Germany every year. I could eat a whole cake in one sitting!

  16. My guilty pleasure: Chocolate, especially flavored with mint or almond :-)

  17. Brittany S. says:

    M obsession of choice is definitely dark chocolate, in pretty much any form! Experimenting with making dark choc. fudge today.

  18. Brittany S. says:

    And now I like KS and SO on facebook!

  19. Ohhh, Peppermint Coconut Bark!

  20. Brittany S. says:

    Those Cider Doughnut Spiced Cupcakes sound so good – perfect for this time of year!

  21. Already “liked” Simple Organic on Facebook, and now I “like” Katie/Kitchen Stewardship, too. Thanks!

  22. Sea salt caramels are my indulgence.
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  23. I too am a fan of the peanut butter/chocolate combo and my guilty pleasure has always been Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. I would love to find a real food alternative!

  24. I would love to make one of the brownie recipes, I can’t decide which though (how about all of them)?! My husband loves brownies, so it would be great to see him each a healthier version.

  25. I follow both Kitchen Stewardship and Simple Organic on Facebook.

  26. I could eat brownies all day. Seriously. :-)
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  27. I would love to try the Fudgy Brownies with Chocolate Chips. Ohhhhh yeah!
    Amy´s latest post: let the holidays begin!

  28. Lemon bars! I could eat a whole pan. Mmmmm.
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  29. I liked you both on Facebook!
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  30. My guilty pleasure in sweets is the Starbucks’ cranberry bliss bar. Thanks to pinterest, though, I was finally able to make my own (BETTER!) version and it’s now Gluten Free!!
    Sarah M
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  31. My guilty pleasure is having a cookie with tea after the kids go to bed :)

  32. I’d really like to try the Magic Coconut Pie listed in the table of contents.

  33. I’m following both Katie and Simple Organic on Twitter.

  34. my guilty pleasure is most definitely chocolate. most definitely.
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  35. My guilty dessert pleasure is definitely maple candy.

  36. I am very curious about the Magic Coconut Pie. Makes my mouth water!

  37. I follow Katie and Simple Organic on Twitter.

  38. My guilty pleasure is caramel and chocolate.

  39. I would love to try the easy brown rice pudding!

  40. mmm….chocolate

  41. Christine S says:

    Pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Yummy!

  42. Peanut butter and chocolate!

  43. Chocolate, of course!

  44. Recipe that interests me the most? Why the fudgy brownies with chocolate chips, of course.

  45. I love to eat a little bowl of chocolate chips, peanuts and raisins when I need a sweet treat. It is the perfect combination of sweet, salty & chocolate.

  46. I’d definitely try the dark chocolate truffles!

  47. i love love cookie dough!!

  48. would love to try the Peanut Butter Kisses!

  49. I love me a mocha. I know, it’s not technically “dessert”, but sometimes I have that instead. :) Other than that? Vanilla homemade ice cream. Mmm. Sometimes, I put the ice cream in a mocha. :-)
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  50. Hey! I already follow both of you on Facebook!
    Cool! :-)
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