Mrs. Fields' Original Cookies, Inc. bakes and sells specialty cookies, brownies, pretzels, and other baked goods. From one store started by Debbi and Randy Fields in 1977, the firm has expanded to over 1,500 stores named Mrs. Fields' Original Cookies, the Great American Cookie Company, the Original Cookie Company, Pretzel Time, Hot Sam, and Pretzelmaker. This is a true success story of an American homemaker and her husband who overcame numerous obstacles to create an international business. However, like many companies that began as family businesses, it reorganized under outside leadership and ownership. The firm's chocolate chip cookies were so popular that they became the subject of a modern urban legend in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Cashew and Coconut Cookies

These are delicious. A more grown up kind of cookie from Mrs. Fields. This copycat recipe will please the coconut lovers in your family.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup unsalted cashews, chopped
1 cup chopped dates

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees .
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, salt and soda.
  3. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl combine sugars with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  5. Add the butter and mix to form a grainy paste.
  6. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
  7. Add the flour mixture, coconut, dates and cashew.
  8. Blend at low speed just until combined.
  9. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
  10. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies lightly with reserved coconut.
  11. Bake in the oven for 23-25 minutes or until bottoms turn golden brown.
  12. Transfer to a cool, flat surface.

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