National Cookie Month Giveaway: Free Cookies for a Year!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of October, or as it’s known around here, National Cookie Month! We’re kicking things off with a fantastic giveaway that could mean a year of Mrs. Fields cookies delivered to your doorstep for free! We’ll also have great offers, recipes and ideas all month long at Mrs. Fields (don’t forget to sign up for our emails to get exclusive offers).

Ready to play? Leave a comment answering this question: Who makes your favorite cookies? 

We’ll gather comments until midnight, Sunday, October 6, 2013 and choose a random winner to receive one full year of our Treat of the Month Club. (That’s a $350 value!) And in the mean time, here are some great ways to celebrate National Cookie Month with your friends and family:

31 Days, 31 Cookie Recipes
Healthy Breakfast Cookies
What’s Your Cookie Personality?

Let’s get started on a month of fun!

**Giveaway closed.**

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

MF 12 Days of Christmas Cookies
It’s the most wonderful time of the year because it seems that everybody is baking! I love spending extra time in the kitchen during the holidays, baking up a variety of my favorite cookies—some old favorites and some new discoveries. I also love swapping recipes with friends, or tasting something wonderful and trying to crack the recipe myself. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite holiday cookies with you today, giving you 12 days of delicious cookie recipes to make and bake with your family, including one new recipe. Enjoy! (Now go preheat the oven already!)

1. Candy Cane Crunch Cookies
2. Mint Chocolate Meltaways
3. Molasses Spice Cookies
4. Chocolate Marshmallow Clouds
5. Black & White Cookies
6. Iced Egg Nog Cookies
7. Homemade Sandwich Cookies
8. Everything Cookies
9. Lacy Oatmeal Cookies
10. Brownie Pillow Cookies
11. Iced Orange Cookies
12. Chocolate Mint Cookies (recipe below)

Chocolate Mint Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Devil’s Food cake mix
1 cup butter
1 ounce semi-sweet baker’s chocolate
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons half-and-half
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package mint chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter and baker’s chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk eggs, vanilla, and half-and-half together and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar and cake mix. Stir in melted butter and chocolate and allow to mix thoroughly, at least 60 seconds. Pour in egg mixture and combine well. Add flour mixture and stir until batter is light and fluffy. Stir in mint chocolate chips and allow dough to sit at least 20 minutes before scooping 1/4 cups of dough (six to each cookie sheet) onto a prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, careful not to overcook.

HINT: You’ll notice the inclusion of cake mix in the recipe. I’ve discovered that I like to use that as a secret ingredient, especially in chocolate cookies, to create a fluffier, cakey chocolate cookie. I keep a bag of cake mix in my pantry just for cookies!

Recipe: Bacon and Browned Butter Cookies

MF Bacon & Brown Butter Cookie
Yep, you read it right—these are bacon cookies. And? They are amazing. I was inspired to make them after being pleasantly surprised with some bacon ice cream I tried over the summer. It seemed like a silly novelty, but in actuality it was really good. I knew that if ice cream could feature bacon, then a cookie could too!

You can adjust the amount of bacon you feature in the recipe if you want more or less. As written in this recipe, the bacon flavor is subtle, only coming through at the end. The browned butter frosting is absolutely to die for. If you love bacon and butter, you’ll love these. If you are suspicious, give them a try. I have a feeling they’ll pleasantly surprise you.

Bacon and Browned Butter Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup bacon, cooked and finely minced (about four large strips)
1/2 cup sugar (for rolling)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using your preferred method, cook bacon until crisp and browned. Pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess grease, then mince and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add salt, egg yolks, and vanilla and mix until creamy. Stir in baking soda and flour until dough is well formed. Add in bacon bits and stir until well distributed. Chill dough for at least one hour. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into sugar and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Using the flat bottom of a glass, press the top of each ball to create a disk. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops of the cookies begin to crack. Be careful to not overcook. Remove from sheet and cool before frosting.

Browned Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions
In a small skillet over medium-low heat, brown the butter until golden brown flecks begin to appear, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit. In a mixing bowl, combine vanilla, powdered sugar, and cream. Mix in browned butter and blend until stiff and creamy. Pipe onto cooled cookies and serve.

HINT: If you don’t have fresh bacon on hand, the bacon salad topping in your refrigerator will work too! Just be sure it’s real bacon. You don’t want the imitation stuff.

Recipe: Tropical Chip Cookies

Are you sitting down? It might be a good idea. These cookies are capable of rendering you weak in the knees and drool-y in the mouth. Inspired by the delightful tastes of island life–coconut, mango, and macadamia–each bite is a decadent escape from reality. If you’re in the mood for a tropical vacation (and who isn’t?), there’s no need to book airfare or hotel, just head to your kitchen. Try them today, but be sure to leave a vacation message on your email. You’re likely to be unavailable for a while.

Tropical Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1 cup chopped dried mango
1 1/2 cups toasted coconut (find recipe here)
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1-2 cups white chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Using an electric mixer, blend sugars together and add melted butter. Mix on low speed until a smooth paste forms. In a small bowl, beat eggs together. Add coconut flavoring and vanilla and beat again. Add half-and-half to egg mixture and beat again. Add egg mixture into sugar/butter mixture and mix until smooth and creamy. Slowly add flour mixture, followed by the mangoes, toasted coconut, nuts, and white chocolate chips. Chill dough for 15-20 minutes. Scoop heaping tablespoons onto a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until deep, golden brown around the edges. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and enjoy!

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