Graduation Gift Ideas

The caps and gowns are popping up like tulips this time of year and it’s time to congratulate this year’s graduates! Whether it’s a preschool graduation or a Ph.D., you’ll need to treat the hard work right and we’ve got just the collection of gifting ideas for the graduates on your list. Check our favorite go-to treats…

Three Cheers Mini Gift Box

A confetti of flavors are bursting in our Three Cheers Mini Gift Box.

You Earned It! Gift Box

Cookies and candy and sweet accolades are contained in our You Earned It! Gift Box in a special cylinder shape.

Class of 2015 Tin

Treating the whole class? Our Class of 2015 Tin (available in 60 or 28 Nibblers) is perfect for pleasing the crowd.

Sweet Graduation Mini Box

The box says it all: How sweet it is! Let them savor the sweet moment with our Sweet Graduation Mini Box.

Congratulations Big Cookie Cake

Hosting a graduation party? A Big Cookie Cake dressed up in school-colors frosting is an ideal dessert!

Hats Off Box

Graduation is the ultimate hat tip, but this gift takes it to a new level. Hats Off Box is a sweet reward for hard work paid off!

Check out all of our graduation gift ideas online and remember to treat those special grads in your life.

 

Recipe: Blueberry Pie Bars

Mrs. Fields Secrets Blueberry Pie Bars

Prepare for a drool-fest with this recipe that tastes like a slice of pie, but requires no rolling pin whatsoever. This must-try dessert is a great make-ahead option for summer picnics and potlucks. Cut it into large or small squares and serve at room temperature, no forks or plates needed. It’s an easy crowd pleaser for your summer playlist.

Blueberry Pie Bars

for crust and topping
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

for filling
1 egg
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon flour

for blueberry layer
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Prepare the crust and topping by melting the butter in a mixing bowl, then stir in both sugars. Add the flour and salt and stir until combined and crumbly in texture. Reserve a heaping 3/4 cup of mixture for topping, then press the remainder into the parchment-lined dish to create an even layer.

Prepare the filling in a medium bowl by whisking the egg and yogurt together, then adding the sugar, vanilla and flour. Whisk until well combined, then pour the mixture into the dish, making sure it covers the surface of the crust.

Prepare the blueberry layer by mixing the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch together in a bowl, then spreading evenly over the filling layer.

Finally, sprinkle the remaining crumble evenly over the top of the blueberries and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until top is bubbly and golden brown. Remove and allow to cool before lifting the parchment out, peeling it off, and cutting into bars for serving.

Recipe: Strawberry Lemon Cake

Mrs. Fields Secrets Strawberry Cake

Strawberry season is here and we’ve got a recipe to put your next bushel to use. This cake is packed with sweet strawberry flavor and a tart lemony zing. The frosting is light and fluffy with fresh chopped strawberries adding texture and a tinge of pink. Make it as a sheet cake for a spring pot luck or as a tiered round cake for a special occasion. Garnish with fresh strawberries, of course!

Strawberry Lemon Cake
adapted from Southern Living

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tablespoons strawberry-flavored gelatin powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped strawberries (fresh)

for frosting
1 package (8 0z.) cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup chopped strawberries (fresh)
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two round cake pans or a 9×13 pan with non-stick baking spray. In a mixer, beat the butter until light and creamy, then add sugar and mix on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until texture is fluffy. Add eggs and mix thoroughly before adding lemon juice and vanilla. Stir until combined. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, salt and gelatin. Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk into the sugar mixture, mixing until just combined. Finally, fold in the chopped strawberries  and transfer batter to the prepared pan(s) and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

To prepare the frosting, beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl with half of the sugar (1/3 cup) until smooth. Fold in the chopped strawberries. In another mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream with the lemon juice until frothy, then add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well-combined. Spread over the cake and chill until serving.

Make Your Own Simple Syrup

Summer cocktail season is right around the corner, so instead of stocking up on expensive bottles of simple syrup at the market that have added preservatives, make up your own to have on hand at all times. This common cocktail ingredient is so easy to make, you’ll kick yourself for not trying it sooner. Plus, in a pretty bottle, this makes a thoughtful gift to give.

Simple Syrup

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water

Directions
Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is completely dissolved and liquid is clear. Allow to cool, then transfer to an airtight jar or container and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

VARIATIONS:

  • Add a teaspoon of freshly grated citrus zest to create lemon, lime or orange-flavored simple syrup for cocktails.
  • Add a sprig of fresh herbs like lavender to the jar or bottle to infuse a fresh herb flavor to your syrup.
  • Add a whole vanilla bean to the jar or bottle to infuse vanilla flavor into the syrup.
  • Add cinnamon sticks to the jar or bottle to infuse cinnamon flavor into the syrup.

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5 New Ways to Incorporate Spring Herbs

One of spring’s best delights is handfuls of freshly picked herbs. These bright, fresh flavors can enhance so many of your favorite foods, but here’s a handful of ways you might not know about:

1. Add fresh mint to your coffee. One sprig on top of your morning cup of joe gives each sip an amazing minty finish.

2. Add your favorite herbs to ice water. Wash and gently crush a handful of herbs before adding it to a pitcher of ice water. Pair it with slices of cucumber or lemon for extra flavor. The longer it steeps in the fridge, the stronger the flavors, so give it a few hours for best results.

3. Add herbs to boiling water. The next time you’re making mashed potatoes or pasta, add sprigs of your favorite herbs like thyme, rosemary or parsley into the salted water. The potatoes and pasta will absorb the flavors and for a richer flavor.

4. Add herbs to your bath water. Looking for a luxurious experience? (Think: Mother’s Day) Fresh sprigs of lavender, rosemary, chamomile or mint added to the hot water release gorgeous scents and healing nutrients.

5. Add herbs to your sugar or salt. Thoroughly wash and dry a handful of fresh herbs, then give them a rough chop and stir them into a cup of sea salt or granulated sugar and store in an air-tight container. The herbs will infuse their flavor into the salt and sugar, which can then be used to flavor dishes and teas. You can even roll your favorite sugar cookies in herb-infused sugar!

Do you have a favorite way to incorporate herbs? Share them with us!

Recipe: Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Mrs. Fields Mother's Day Brunch

You’ve got the gifts arranged for Mother’s Day, but what about the menu? Treat mom on Sunday to a delicious brunch that will make her mouth water, her heart swell, and her mind wonder how she got so lucky to have you. This simple menu is simple, delicious, and can be made on a large or small scale and according to taste. The star is a Mexican dish called chilaquiles that can be dressed up or down with mom’s favorite fresh flavors. Pair it with crispy hash browns or home fries, some spicy ketchup and a refreshing mimosa for a true Mother’s Day treat!

Chilaquiles
(serves 4)

12 corn tortillas
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
4 eggs
cotija cheese (optional)
guacamole (optional)
sour cream (optional)
cilantro (optional)

Directions
Heat oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Warm the enchilada sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cut tortillas into one-inch squares and fry in the oil until crisp and brown, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Use the still-hot pan to fry the eggs sunny-side style with a runny yolk. While the eggs are cooking, pour the enchilada sauce over the tortillas and toss until they are evenly coated. Place a generous scoop of tortillas on each serving plate, topped with an egg, followed by cheese, guacamole, sour cream and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Spicy Ketchup

1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce

Directions
Stir together and serve with home fries or hash browns.

Gluten Free Gifts

If you think giving up gluten means giving up Mrs. Fields cookies, think again because we’ve developed a mouth-watering version of our classic chocolate chip cookie that rivals the original. Finding a gift idea for a gluten-free friend has never been so easy! Our gluten-free cookies come in a range of great gifts, alone or paired with our gluten-free taffy and gourmet popcorn. Check out some of our favorite offerings:

Gluten Free 4-Cookie Birthday Box

Gluten Free Classic 12-Cookie Tin

Gluten Free 24-Cookie Basket

Gluten Free Smile Tote

Gluten Free Combo Box

You can shop our entire Gluten Free Category of gifts to find just the right gift that will make a loved one’s day!

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Your Mom in 3 Words

It’s time for one of our favorite giveaways of the year, the chance for you to pay homage to your mom and win her a fabulous bakery fresh gift from Mrs. Fields for Mother’s Day. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment describing your mom in three words. That’s it, then you’re entered to win one of three great prizes:

Our Mother’s Day Keepsake Tin is bursting with bite-sized cookies in her favorite flavors.

Our Happy Mother’s Day Bites Box includes a variety of bite-sized cookies and brownies, plus our luscious frosted cookies.

And finally, our Sweet Spot Box is over-the-top amazing, brimming with cookies, brownies, and lots of adoration.

Now’s your chance, so don’t wait!

Entries accepted until midnight, May 6, 2015. One entry per person, please. Must be 18 years to enter and a resident of the continental United States. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.

Recipe: Tres Leches Cake

Mrs. Fields Secrets Tres Leche Cake
Cinco de Mayo is coming up next week and if you’re hosting a fiesta, we’ve got just the dessert to serve your guests. Traditional tres leche cake is simple, decadent and easy to make ahead of time, so it’s perfect for a busy host. The longer it sits soaking up the delicious three milks (evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and half-and-half), the better. Top it with freshly whipped cream, some toasted coconut and fresh strawberries and serve to adoring crowds.

Tres Leches Cake
adapted from Marcela Valladolid

1 1/2 cups  flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
2 cups heavy cream, divided
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup toasted coconut (for garnish)
fresh strawberries (for garnish)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray and flour a square baking pan, then line with parchment paper with plenty of overlap.
Stir the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until light and frothy. Gradually add the sugar and beat to stiff peaks, mixing all the while. Next beat in the yolks one at a time until each one has been incorporated into the batter. Add the flour mixture and the milk in portions, alternating back and forth a few times until complete.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving dish with at least a 1-inch lip. Use bamboo skewers or chopsticks to pierce the the cake all over, all the way through. In a medium bowl, whisk the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and 1 cup of the heavy cream together with the Grand Marnier. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the entire cake while still warm, then cover and refrigerate overnight or at least four hours.

Before serving, whip the remaining heavy cream with a pinch of powdered sugar until thick. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cake, then sprinkle with toasted coconut and serve with fresh strawberries.

Thanks for Teachers and Nurses

Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation are coming right up and we’ve got fabulous new gifts from Mrs. Fields to let them know just how special they are! Check out these new mouthwatering offerings…

Feel Better Bear

For the one who makes everyone feel better, day in and day out, our Feel Better Bear is always there for a supportive snuggle. Arriving with freshly baked treats, he’ll make a great addition to any Nurse’s Station.

Nurses Week Nibbler Tin

Whether you work daily with dedicated nurses, or had them make a difference during a particular period of time, our Nurses Week Nibbler Tin is a great way to treat a nursing staff who’s gone above and beyond.

Personal Nurses Week Tin

And maybe there is one special nurse who needs to be thanked in a more individual way. Our Personal Nurses Week Tin is just the ticket.

Teacher’s Appreciation Basket

Every teacher deserves an apple and this Teacher’s Appreciation Basket comes with two! Our frosted cookies dressed up as bright red apples are accompanied by an entire class of original cookies.

Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate

With cookies, brownies and a fun reusable container, our Teacher’s Chalkboard Crate is headed for top of the class, so make like a valedictorian and get yours now.

Check out these and other great appreciation gifts at Mrs. Fields. We bake fresh and deliver right to the door to make every gift occasion easy and special!

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