Recipe: Cinnamon Roll French Toast + A Limited Time Offer

Mrs. Fields Secrets Cinnamon Roll French Toast
If you’ve got a weakness for cinnamon rolls (as I do) and a love of French toast (as I do), then you’re going to go bananas for this recipe. It’s simple to put together, but oh so decadent. It bakes like a casserole and comes out puffy and light, part gooey cinnamon roll and part eggy, rich French toast. This is ideal for a weekend brunch. You can put it together the morning of, or prepare it the night before and allow the egg to really infuse into all the dough before baking. Serve it up with crushed pecans, raisins, and a drizzle of maple syrup, or straight out of the pan. You’re going to love this.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake
adapted from Pillsbury

1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
6 eggs
1/2 heavy cream
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour melted butter into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Remove cinnamon rolls from packaging and cut each roll into 8 wedges. Add wedges into buttered dish. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs, cream, cinnamon, and vanilla together. Pour over cinnamon roll wedges. Drizzle syrup evenly over the entire mixture, then cover with foil. (At this point, you could refrigerate the dish overnight before baking.) Bake, covered, for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 8-10 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Remove and immediately top with the icing, nuts, and raisins. Serves 12.

If you’re not up for making this dish, or you just can’t get enough cinnamon roll flavor, stop by your local Mrs. Fields® store for one of our exclusive Cinnamon Roll Cookies. But hurry, they’re only available for a limited time!

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

5 Dessert Ideas for Your Halloween Party

Party foods always seem so far down on the to-do list in October. Halloween is kind of the trifecta of busy holiday madness. If you have kids, you’re trying to get some costumes together, they have their own school Halloween parties and probably some parties with friends, and you’re trying to pull off your own spooky shindig with all the drinks, appetizers and goodies that entails. When you’re so busy, it’s best to have one or two dishes to wow your guests, and some simple but delicious cookies, cupcakes and other bite-sized sweets to add variety.

To help you out, I’m putting a few simple Halloween party food ideas out there to help fill out your party menu. And they’re mostly desserts because — let’s be honest — All Hallows Eve is more about the treats than the tricks these days.

Cookies, Cocktails and Other Spooky Side Dishes

Halloween cookies are bite-sized magic. Cookies are one of my absolute favorite fall treats, probably because nothing beats the cold like hot cocoa and a chocolate chip cookie, in my mind anyway. Moist pumpkin cookies are definitely a fall favorite through October and November. And may I suggest sugar cookies for the kids to decorate at your kid-friendly soirée; you’ll be knocking out a treat and an activity at once. Guests may not go back for a second helping of the grape “eyeball” salad, but they’ll constantly be snatching up cookies if they’re hanging around.

Everyone goes home with goody baskets. It’s always fun to come away from the party with a little memento of the fun you had. I always try to find some goody gift baskets or bag of treats to send people home with. I try to keep it neutral, something that everyone will like, such as candy or cookies. Throw in a few silly party favors or dollar-store toys for the kids. They’ll see their favors the next day and rave about your party to everyone.

Halloween concoctions lift everyone’s spirits. It’s not too early to whip up some pumpkin-spiced hot chocolate, and I think it’s about time I had some hot apple cider (with whip cream, a dash of caramel and some chocolate sprinkles on top). And a party is always the right time and place to try out some new cocktail recipes that are part of your holiday theme. A friend of mine made a cocktail for me last year with black vodka, coffee liquor and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I have to say, it was pretty awesome, and perfectly dark for Halloween. If you’re using a black light for fun, consider just about anything with tonic water in it; the quinine in it will glow. And a cube of dry ice is all you need to make just about any drink feel like a witch’s brew, brimming with fog.

Brownies are your secret weapon. Is there anyone who doesn’t like brownies? This one is kind of a cheat because they’re my go-to side dessert for just about any holiday part that I have. They have universal appeal, and they’re not specific to any theme or party until you add garnishes of, say, orange and green to make them Halloween-esque? It must be working, because I’ve never had any left over at the end of the night!

I think there are some winning Halloween goodie ideas, here. What are your go-to snacks and finger-foods for parties this time of year? And tell us your costume ideas, too!

Father's Day V.. Mother's Day: Who Get's The Best Gifts?

We recently participated in a debate among our coworkers. The debate surrounded the issue of whether moms or dads receive the best gifts for their respective holidays? The answer was obvious to the men in the room while the women begged to differ. Neckties are one of the most common presents dads receive on Father’s Day. However, presenting ties as gifts at a backyard barbecue usually doesn’t break the bank. Men in our office suspected that much more is spent each year on moms but they didn’t have proof. So we contacted the National Retail Federation to learn whether disparities lurk between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day spending. The numbers surprised us so much that we are sharing them with you.

See the results here:  http://www.mrsfields.com/incoming/mday_vs_fday

If you’re struggling on what gift to give your dad this year, don’t skimp on dad like our research showed, add a batch of Mrs. Fields cookies to spruce up any humdrum socks, necktie or item-turned-paperweight.

Happy Cookie Trivia Thursday!!!

Here’s your chance again to win another amazing gift of FREE cookies from Mrs. Fields

Answer the question below along with an email address that we can contact you with. If you do not want to post your email address then please answer on our blog, as you are required to enter an email address (which remains private) when commenting.

We will draw 1 name from the correct answers given and that person will receive a FREE Mrs. Fields Bites Box ($35.00 Value, with shipping). Answers will be accepted until midnight (Nov. 4th). Limited to one win per month per entrant. Winner will be notified via email.

Autumn Bites Box

Prize Details:

The prize is the Autumn Bites Box – item #10F605, a $35.00 value, including shipping. It contains 18 Nibblers® bite-sized cookies and 12 Brownie Bites—plus two frosted leaf cookies. Perfection!

Question: How much does it cost to take a tour of our gifting facility in Salt Lake City Utah?


Also, don’t forget about our Elf Elementary Cookie Jar Giveaway (One entry per person, please. Comments will be accepted until Midnight, Sunday, November 13. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email.)

Happy Houseful Cookie Jar Giveaway

Happy Houseful Cookie Jar

Happy Houseful Cookie Jar

Welcome, March, it’s so nice to see you! Let’s start the month off on a great note, shall we? That’s right, with a fabulous cookie jar giveaway.

I love everything about our Happy Houseful Cookie Jar, featured in our Easter catalog–the colors, the incredible form, the characters, and the overall emotion. I love that it represents a humble home filled with love.

Once again, our Creative Director Ronnie Kell has designed a one-of-a-kind keepsake for us filled with intricate detail, emotion, and character. Similar to our other collectible cookie jars, this jar underwent an extensive creation process–multiple ceramic molds and firings and color tests before it was hand-painted and glazed and ready for production.

Of course, my favorite thing about Ronnie’s cookie jar designs are all those little details. It seems that every time I look at one of these jars, I find a new little component to appreciate. As you can see, this jar is truly a work of art. My favorite detail? I’m drawn to that smile on the Mama Bunny’s face–so subtle and sweet.

How would you like this keepsake (filled with my gourmet cookies, of course) for your countertop? I’m giving one away to a lucky reader. Enter to win by leaving a comment that answers this question: What’s your favorite detail on the Happy Houseful Cookie Jar?

Bonus! Earn extra entries by spreading the word about this giveaway. How?
1. Mention this post on your facebook page. (Use the handy link below.)
2. Tweet a link to this post on your Twitter page. (Again, the handy link below.)
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(Entries will be accepted until midnight, Sunday, March 7th.)

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