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.




Chocolate Raisin Cookies


1 cup butter
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a double-boiler over hot but not boiling water, melt 1/2 cup butter and the chocolate. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt and soda.
  4. In a large bowl with an electric mixer blend sugars at medium speed until fluffy.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of butter and mix to form a grainy paste by scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  6. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  7. Add the melted chocolate and blend until thoroughly combined.
  8. Add the flour mixture, raisins and chocolate chips.
  9. Blend just until combined.
  10. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  11. Bake in the oven for 20-22 min or until set.
  12. Transfer to cool, flat surface immediately.

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