6 Sweet Cookie Cocktails

Mrs. Fields Secrets Cookie Cocktails

 

We can’t think of a better way to toast the new year than with a delicious cookie cocktail—your favorite cookie flavors in grownup liquid form. Explore these six delicious, decadent cocktails and raise a glass to having your cookie and your cocktail too. (Follow links to original recipes.) Cheers!

3/4 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
3/4 oz Godiva Liqueur
1-1/2 oz cream
chocolate syrup and candy canes for garnish
Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.
 

1 oz Coconut Milk
1-1/2 oz Coconut Rum
1/4 oz Licor 43
1/2 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz Frangelico
Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with toasted coconut shavings on top.

 

Cinnamon Sugar (I use 3 parts sugar to one part cinnamon)
Honey
3 oz. half and half
1 oz. RumChata
1 oz. Vanilla Vodka (such as Absolut Vanilla)
½ tsp powdered sugar
Dash Cinnamon
Dip the rim of each martini glass into honey and then the cinnamon sugar. In a cocktail shaker, pour half and half, RumChata, Vanilla vodka, powdered sugar and cinnamon over ice. Shake until chilled and mixed well. Divide evenly among cinnamon sugar rimmed martini glasses and enjoy!
 

4. Gingerbread Cookie Cocktail
2 oz spiced rum
a pinch each of ground nutmeg and cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic unsulphured blackstrap Molasses
1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or other liquid sweetener
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (optional)
Ginger beer
Ice
Cinnamon sugar (for the rim)
Add the rum, spices, molasses, maple syrup and freshly grated ginger to a shaker with 2 ice cubes. Shake it really really well. For the sugared rim, combine the ingredients in a small plate. Dip the rim of a glass in water, then in the spiced sugar mixture. Give the shaker another shake and strain into the sugar rimmed cup, add two cubes of ice and top with ginger beer. Give a quick stir and enjoy.

 

5. Sugar Cookie Martini
1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz amaretto
2 oz Frosted Sugar Cookie or Vanilla International Delight Coffee Creamer

If desired, coat the rim of your glass with light corn syrup and then dip the rim in sugar.
Place ice in a martini shaker, along with all ingredients. Shake and strain into prepared glass. Serve immediately.
 
6. Liquid Oreo Cocktail
Ice cubes
1 1/2 oz vodka (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 oz Kahlua (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 oz white creme de cacao (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream (3 tablespoons)
Oreo cookies, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the vodka, Kahlua, creme de cacao and Baileys and shake well. Strain into 2 martini glasses. Slip an Oreo onto the side of each glass.

Recipe: Drop Sugar Cookies

Mrs. Fields Secrets Sugar Cookies

These soft and sweet sugar cookies are perfectly crave-able and do not require rolling pins, cookie cutters, or any ounce of perfectionism. Gather the family and friends in the kitchen, whip up a batch and enjoy them on a cozy Christmas Eve. Add food coloring to the frosting, if you will, or leave them snowy white. In the spirit of the holidays, we substituted the milk in the frosting for egg nog and it was a good call. Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us at Mrs. Fields.

Drop Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup vegetable oil
1¼ cup sugar (plus another ¼ cup reserved)
¾ cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 eggs
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspsoon salt
5½ cups flour

for the frosting:
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup sour cream
5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup milk (or egg nog)
food coloring (optional)
sprinkles (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar, powdered sugar, and water. Add in eggs, one at a time. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the dough into golf sized balls and place onto a prepared cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a flat glass into the reserved ¼ cup sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie to about 1/3 inch thickness. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is barely brown. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
While the cookies are cooling, prepare the frosting by creaming together butter, sour cream, and salt. Add the powdered sugar, then drizzle in the milk to the desired consistency. Spread or pipe frosting over cooled cookies and scatter with sprinkles.

6 Christmas Morning Casseroles

Mrs. Fields Secrets Breakfast Casseroles

After working up an appetite from an unwrapping frenzy, you’ll need some sustenance on Christmas morning. We’ve gathered six mouth-watering make-ahead casseroles that will feel like a gift themselves: three savory recipes and three sweet for a decadent, delicious meal. Prepare your favorite the night before, and pop it in the oven Christmas morning. Breakfast practically takes care of itself!

1. California Breakfast Casserole
2. Eggs Benedict Casserole
3. Breakfast Enchiladas
4. Baked Oatmeal Casserole
5. Blushing Blueberry Croissant Casserole
6. Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Follow the links to the recipes.

5 Can’t-Go-Wrong Hostess Gifts

If you’re staying with friends or family for the holidays, or simply headed to a holiday party, we’ve got a list of home-run hostess gift ideas to express your gratitude and keep those invitations coming for years to come. A hostess gift doesn’t have to be lavish or complicated, but it should be thoughtful. Here are five gifts that every host will appreciate.

1. Take out containers for doggy bags. Stock up on a range of to-go containers from a restaurant supply store and gift them to your host. When the party is over, she can send guests home with easy, attractive doggy bags without raiding her own supply of dishes.

 

2. A fresh, new apron. Immediately useful and appreciated, an apron is an ideal hostess gift. And if you offer to put it on and help in the kitchen, even better!

3. Fresh flowers. You can never go wrong with a beautiful, neutral bouquet. (Be sure to provide a vase so that your host doesn’t have to figure out or arrange the display.)

 

4. Coasters. Easy and thoughtful, coasters are a great hostess gift because they can be put to use right away to protect the host’s furniture. Cork coasters are safe and absorbent and affordable. Add a personalized touch with some simple paint.

5. Relaxation. Nobody needs moments of relaxation like a host after the party. Whether it’s a spa certificate (if you’re staying a week in somebody’s house), a jar of bath salts, or a lavender-scented candle, your host will appreciate a few moments zen when the party is over.

Recipe: Almond Pizzelle Cookies

Mrs. Fields Secrets Almond Pizzelle Cokies
Today’s classic cookie recipe hearkens back generations and overseas. The Pizzelle cookie is an Italian favorite, a thin, wafer-like cookie pressed into a beautiful hot iron to create a delicate look and taste. They are absolutely perfect with a bowl of ice cream (or gelato), topping a mug of cocoa or coffee, or all on their own with a dusting of powdered sugar. The traditional Italian recipe calls for anise extract, which is a black licorice flavor, but you can substitute vanilla or (our favorite) almond extract.

Almond Pizzelle Cookies

3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon almond extract (or anise or vanilla)
1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Directions
In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and creamy. Slowly pour in the melted butter and almond extract. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together and stir into the batter, blending until smooth. Preheat a Pizzelle iron, and spray with nonstick spray before placing a heaping tablespoon of batter onto each form and pressing closed. Wait approximately two minutes, or until steam from the iron ceases. When cookies are golden brown, remove from the iron and place on a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

HINT: You’ll need a Pizzelle iron to make them, which can be found in most kitchen stores or online.

Giveaway: What’s Your Favorite Christmas Cookie?

Cookie Carolers

It’s Monday morning and t-minus 10 days to Christmas, which means that according to our calculations, you could use a giveaway right about now! So, let’s get to it! Answer a simple question and be entered to win our delicious (and adorable) Cookie Carolers gift, filled with a variety of our gourmet goodies. Simply leave a comment answering this question: What’ your favorite Christmas cookie?

Are you devoted to gingerbread? A sucker for a sugar cookie? Pining for a pizzelle? Tell us your Christmas cookie craving and you’re entered to win big!

And don’t forget, you can still get our favorite Christmas cookies delivered in time for holiday giving. Shop our entire line of holiday gifts now!

Fine print: One entry per person, please. You must be 18 years old or older and a resident of the continental United States. Entries accepted until Midnight, Tuesday, December 16. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email.

Ultimate Gift Guide for Brownie Lovers

Mrs. Fields Secrets Brownie Lover 1 Mrs. Fields Brownie Lovers 2

The Brownie Lover. Who can blame their devotion to rich, fudge-y chocolate? Nobody. So, for the holidays, indulge it. Embrace it. Give those brownie lovers what they really, really want: all things brownies. And just in case you need a head start, we’ve put together the ultimate guide:

1. Two Dozen Classic Brownies
2. Edge Brownie Pan
3. Extreme Brownie Recipe Book
4. Brownie Batter Candle
5. Brookie Pan

Recipe: Cocoa Snickerdoodles

Mrs. Fields Secrets Cocoa Snickerdoodles

Here’s a fun recipe to add to your Christmas cookie recipe box, a fun and festive twist on a classic snickerdoodle. The cocoa works perfectly with the cinnamon to create a rich, slightly spicy flavor that you’re going to love dipping into a mug of cocoa or a glass of egg nog. Plus, we added Christmasy nonpareils right as they came out of the oven, which fall into all the soft cracks on the surface to create a colorful, festive look.

Cocoa Snickerdoodles
adapted from Food Network

1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
10 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup sugar (for sanding)
1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
nonpareils (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and nutmeg together. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Increase the speed and whip until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla, then slowly stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Combine the sanding sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Form heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and coat with cinnamon and sugar, then place on a prepared cookie sheet about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until surfaces are evenly crackled. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with nonpareils before cooling.

Holiday Light Tour: Submit Your Favorites!

It’s that time of year when festivity trumps electrical efficiency and people go all out with their holiday lighting. From gaudy to gorgeous, from front yards to public spaces, we’ve gathered some of the best and brightest offerings from around the world wide web. Curl up with a cookie and a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the parade…

Now it’s your turn! Submit your favorite holiday light displays in our comments section or on our Facebook page with hashtag #HolidayLightTour.

Ultimate Gift Guide for Cookie Lovers

Mrs. Fields Gifts for Cookie Lovers

If there is a cookie lover on your holiday list, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered a home-run gift guide to make their heart melt like a chocolate chip. Follow the links to find these great gift ideas. And remember: those who give these gifts, generally get cookies in return.

1. Baker’s Store-N-Go
2. Baker’s Twine
3. Brookie Pan
4. Stand mixer
5. Three-tiered cooling rack
6. Mrs. Fields Cookie Dough

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