Posts Tagged ‘fun facts’

Watkins Date Pinwheels

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Watkins’ commitment to using only the highest quality, purest ingredients has been unwavering since 1868.  This hold true for all J. R. Watkins products, but is especially undeniable when it comes to their signature Vanilla Extracts.  Watkins has been able to produce the best quality vanilla in the world for over 100 years because they don’t cut corners or make compromises.

Watkins Date Pinwheels11oz pure vanilla

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda


2-1/2 cups chopped dates

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup finely chopped pecans

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide into four portions. Refrigerate until chilled.

In a large saucepan, bring the dates, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until mixture is thickened, about 15 minutes. Cool completely. Stir in pecans.

On a baking sheet, roll out each portion of dough between two sheets of waxed paper into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Remove waxed paper; spread with date mixture. Tightly roll up each portion jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 16 dozen.

Let’s get cooking with Watkins!  Just use the products yourself, then share the story of the great Watkins products and business… that’s the recipe for sweet success! Find out more about it HERE!

Bon appetit!



J. R. Watkins Natural Room Fresheners

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
  • Eliminate odors in every room of your home with a light mist of our essential oil room fresheners. Our natural formulas create a room freshenerdelightful, long-lasting ambiance. Each spray bottle contains more than 600 sprays.
  • TIP:
    Rooms in your home aren’t the only thing that need freshening – keep a room freshener in the car, in the office or in your locker at the gym.

    Join us as a Watkins Member.  Membership is just $19.95, you’ll save on regular and sale prices, along with clearance and overstock sales up to 90% discount.

    Every person who joins during September 2015 will automatically get a FREE $20 Gift Certificate after they join, so they can try J.R. Watkins products for themselves.


Watkins Spinach Dip

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

It’s National Spinach Day – celebrate the day and try a new recipe!

Spinach Dip – Watkins style!spinach dip

1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Watkins Garden Vegetable Snack and Dip Seasoning or Garlic & Dill Snack and Dip Seasoning
2 tsp Watkins Parsley Flakes
1/3 cup coarsely-chopped water chestnuts
1/4 cup chopped green onion

Stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate two hours. Serve with assorted crackers, bread cubes, or cut fresh vegetables.

Watkins Greek Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
3 tbsp Watkins Cucumber & Dill Snack & Dip Seasoning
1/2 tsp Watkins Onion & Garlic Pepper
1 can (13.75 oz/390 g) water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
4 oz/113 g crumbled feta cheese

In medium bowl, stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate two hours.

Bon appetite!


Watkins Grilled Vegetables

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Watkins all-natural grapeseed oil is lower in saturated fat and higher in unsaturated fats than nearly all other oils. One of the only oils shown to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol, this antioxidant-rich blend is healthy and stable. Its high smoke point makes it perfect for grilling or sautéing.

Watkins Grilled Vegetablesgarlic parsley grapeseed oil

8 oz fresh whole mushrooms

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch slices

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch slices

10 cherry tomatoes

1 1/2 tbsp Watkins Garlic & Parsley Grapeseed Oil

1 tbsp Watkins Italian Seasoning

1 tsp seasoning salt

1 tsp Watkins Black Pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese to taste

Toss first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl. Thread vegetables on metal skewers; grill until crisp and tender or bake in a 425 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bon appetit!