Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mrs. Fields Secrets Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day and we’ve got you covered with a delicious recipe that will give you a proper peanut butter fix with the added benefit of chocolate chips. We suggest making a batch and sharing it with friends. After all, you wouldn’t want them celebrating National Peanut Butter Cookie Day empty handed, would you?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
3/4 cup sugar + more for rolling
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter together, then add both the sugars and mix until creamy. Reduce the speed to low and add the egg, milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, followed by the chocolate chips.  Roll dough into 2-teaspoon balls, then roll in the extra sugar before placing on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until edges are slightly browning. Remove to a cooling rack.

Flash Giveaway: Give Your Dad a Superhero Name

He’s got a way of saving the day, whether it’s fixing your flat tire or lending a listening ear. Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday and we’ve got a flash giveaway to help you honor your dad in the sweetest way possible! We’re giving away three delicious Mrs. Fields gifts to three superhero dads, nominated by you! But hurry, you’ve only got 24 hours to enter one of these amazing prizes for Dad:

Father’s Day Bites Box

Our fabulous Father’s Day Bites Box is full of Dad’s favorite bite-sized cookies and brownies.

Toolbox of Treats

While he’s fixing your drain, you can fix his sweet tooth with our Toolbox of Treats!

Cool Caddy Cooler

And finally, our Cool Caddy Cooler is the reusable portable personal cooler, filled with bite-sized goodies now and his favorite beverages for years to come.

Here’s how to play: Leave a comment telling us the superhero name your dad deserves. We’ll choose three random winners on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 and have the prizes shipped just in time for Father’s Day!

And of course, you can still shop all of our amazing Father’s Day gifts at Mrs. Fields. We’ve got everything Dad wants and all that he deserves!

Fine Print: One entry per person, please. You must be 18 years or older to enter and nominees must live in the continental United States. Winners will be chosen and notified via email. Entries accepted until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 10 MST.

Great Ideas for Tackling Road Trips

If your summer plans include a road trip with the kids, the difference between whines of “Are we there yet?” and happy campers usually comes down to some smart planning ahead. We’ve found some genius ideas to make life on the road easy, so take note and buckle up!

1. Tackle Box Snacks. Forget expensive gas station grub along the way. Get the kids their own inexpensive tackle box and fill the individual compartments with a colorful mix of healthy and fun options.

2. Individual Coloring Kits. Keep colored pencils and paper in a handy kit by reinventing a DVD case. It’s easy to pack and store for any kind of travel.

3. Canvas Shoe Bag Organizers. Keep the car tidy and everything in reach with this clever idea. A simple canvas shoe organizer can be tied around the seat  and filled with toys, books, snacks and supplies.

4. Stop for Scenic Outlooks. A great way to ensure fabulous photos from your trip and plenty of rest for the travelers is to commit to stop for scenic outlooks. There is often ample space to park, bathroom facilities, and the kids will enjoy watching for the random signs.

5. A Map for Everyone. One of the best ways to avoid, “Are we there yet?” is to equip the kids with their own map or atlas. They can follow along, look for upcoming towns, and they may even be able to help you avoid getting lost.

Do you have a favorite road trip tip? Share your ideas in the comments!

 

Recipe: Melon and Mint Salad

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Today’s recipe is a refreshing summer salad that you’ll want to put on repeat the whole season through. It’s got bright crisp flavors of fresh, sweet melon, mint, tart lime, sweet honey and crunchy toasted almonds. It’s grown up enough to serve at any summer soiree and still accessible enough to please the little ones too. Trust us, this one is a keeper.

Melon and Mint Salad
from Susan Vaughn

1/2 large seedless watermelon, diced
1 cantaloupe, diced
1 lime
1-2 tablespoons honey
1 handful fresh mint roughly chopped
1/2 cup toasted almonds

Directions
In a large serving bowl, toss the diced watermelon and cantaloupe together. Cut the lime in half and squeeze one half over the melon, then cut the other half into wedges for garnish. Drizzle the honey over the salad and give another toss. Sprinkle the fresh mint and almonds on top before serving, and garnish with fresh lime wedges.

Pancakes On Sticks & Other Fun Breakfast Ideas

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know that it can be the most fun? We’ve gathered some incredible ideas to serve at your next summertime sleepover, brunch with friends, or even Father’s Day breakfast. Follow the links for full instructions or use them to inspire your own creativity.

Like a lollipop but better, these pancakes on a stick are too cute and super easy for serving.

Cheesy baked eggs inside potato skins is such a fun new way to serve individual eggs. Serve with your favorite hot sauce or ketchup.

Intermixing donut holes and fresh berries or fruit on a skewer ensures a balanced and beautiful breakfast. Plus, it’s so pretty!

Create lacy, lovely pancakes by using a simple squeeze bottle for your batter. Stack them up for a funnel-cake-like taste of sweet crunch.

Thin slices of fresh apple dipped in pancake batter create these delicious Apple Pancake Rings.

Betcha didn’t know you can make bacon cute. It’s actually quite easy with these bacon hearts. (Plus, you get a good mix of soft and crispy edges in each strip!)

And, of course, a little food coloring goes a long way. Create bright, colorful waffles in any color scheme. (We’re loving this red, white and blue!)

Do you have a favorite fun breakfast idea?

Incredible Watermelon Serving Bowls

When is a watermelon more than a delicious summer snack? When it’s also a beautiful serving bowl. Use your best knives and your sharpest creative sense to create some incredible serving bowls and centerpieces this summer.

A hollowed out watermelon half is a simple way to serve refreshing Acqua Fresca. Remember to cut a flat edge on the bottom.

You can also add a spigot to turn your watermelon into a summer keg.

Slightly more sophisticated is this sand pail idea (use coarse brown sugar for the sand) complete with fun nautical-shaped melons from cookie cutters.

Some simple carving skills will transform a melon into a sea turtle riding a wave of fresh berries and melon balls. (HINT: Use your pumpkin carving tools!)

A lunging shark makes quite an impression with triangular, teeth-shaped melon slices and a scattering of gummy fish. Those pumpkin carving skills will come in handy for this one as well.

Something’s fishy with this watermelon bowl, which is why we love it!

Using a simple template as a guide, your serving bowl can also become a graduation party decoration. It’s a little detail that will get a lot of attention!

Another beach themed watermelon. You may have to raid the kid’s toy chest to bring this one to life, but it would be worth it!

If your watermelon is a little short and stout, then it’s perfect to make this teapot filled with melon balls and blueberries. Can you imagine anything more adorable at your tea party?

Of course, if you’re prepared to go all out, you can really transform an everyday melon into a piece of art.

And this carving is almost too beautiful to imagine eating…almost.

Here’s a great video tutorial to get you started on a basic serving bowl, with or without a handle. Try it out for your next party!

Recipe: Breadstick Cones

Mrs. Fields Secrets Breadstick Cones
This recipe is a must try for your next summer party or picnic. These breadstick cones are a beautiful, tasty and portable way to serve your favorite salads. Sprinkle them with poppy or sesame seeds, or leave them plain, then fill them with My Favorite Chicken Salad, egg salad, tuna salad, green salad or one of your favorites. You’ve got an on-the-go meal right at your fingertips.

Breadstick Cones

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour
8 sugar cones
aluminum foil
nonstick spray
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
poppy seeds (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)

Directions
Begin by wrapping a piece of foil around each sugar cone and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, stir yeast and brown sugar, then pour warm water on top and allow to sit for about five minutes until foamy on top. With a dough hook, mix in salt, oil, and flour and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes. Allow dough to rest for 10-15 minutes. On a floured surface, roll dough out into a large rectangle and allow to rest another 10 minutes. Whisk egg white with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Using a pizza cutter, slice dough into 8 long strips. Spray each cone with nonstick spray, then wrap each strip of dough around the sugar cone, bottom to top, making sure to seal the bottom. Place each wrapped cone on a prepared baking sheet, roughly 4 or 5 to a sheet. Brush each cone with the egg wash, then sprinkle with seeds and allow to rise for 10 more minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake 10-15 minutes, or until rich golden brown. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes before removing foil cone. Cool bread completely, then serve with your favorite salad.

Fun Ideas to Commemorate the School Year

With the school year wrapping up, we’ve gathered some great ideas to help commemorate the year for teachers, students, and parents too. (Let’s face it, it’s a long year for all of us!)

Get all your friends to sign a t-shirt that you can wear and remember for years.

Have children’s artwork turned into an artistic screen print.

Use sidewalk chalk to write a “Welcome to Summer” message on the road or driveway.

Take a Last Day of School photo holding your First Day of School Photo for a fun comparison.

Decorate the car with washable paints.

After a year of learning and development, have the class make future predictions about their professions as a gift to the teacher.

Do you have a fun way to commemorate the year? Share your ideas in the comments section!

Graduation Gift Idea: On Your Own Survival Kit

It’s that time of year when graduation caps begin flying in the air and young adults head off on their own for the first time, either to college or the great wide world. If you’re looking for a great graduation gift idea, we’ve got it: an “On Your Own Survival Kit” complete with all the little things you find yourself needing when suddenly you’re the one in charge. Use our list as a shopping guide or as inspiration for your own gift. But whatever you do, don’t forget the cookies!

The On Your Own Survival Kit

  • Small sewing kit with buttons, needles, thread
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Rainy day funds gift card
  • Cookbook
  • Kitchen knife set
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Cough drops
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Air freshener
  • Basic medications like pain, allergy, antacid
  • Address book with family and friends mailing addresses
  • Duct tape
  • WD-40
  • Flashlight
  • Assortment of batteries
  • Safety pins
  • USB thumb drive
  • Laundry soap
  • Tooth floss
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Cell phone battery backup
  • Basic screwdriver set
  • Basic wrench set
  • Krazy glue
  • Scissors
  • GPS
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Road atlas
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • Clorox wipes
  • Multivitamins
  • Wall calendar
  • Board game
  • Emergency candles
  • Lint roller
  • Kleenex
  • Laundry basket
  • Sharpie markers
  • Box of ramen noodles
  • Case of toilet paper
  • Plunger
  • Travel blanket
  • Plenty of Mrs. Fields cookies

Recipe: Banana Spring Rolls

Mrs. Fields Secrets Banana Spring Rolls
We’ve got the perfect dessert for your next Asian-themed meal. These Banana Spring Rolls are easy to put together ahead of time, keep them in the fridge, and fry them up when you’re ready to wow your crowd. They’re crispy, sweet, and dangerously addictive. We dare you to try just one!

Banana Spring Rolls

48 wonton wrappers
4 large bananas
1 cup Nutella spread
water
peanut or canola oil
caramel sauce (for topping)
chocolate sauce (for topping)

Directions
In a large pot, heat 3-4 inches of oil to 375 degrees. Cut bananas into four even pieces. Overlap two wonton wrappers by an inch or so and dab a bit of water to seal them together. Spread a thin layer of Nutella down the middle and top with a piece of banana. Dab water all along the edges of the wonton wrappers and then roll the banana inside and seal. (Depending on the size of the banana, you may need a third wonton wrapper.) Repeat with remaining wrappers and bananas. Once the oil is hot, drop 2-3 rolls in the hot oil at a time, turning after about 30 seconds, or when golden brown and bubbly. Remove with tongs and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with drizzles of caramel and chocolate sauces.

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