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.




Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies


2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, lemon zest coriander and poppy seeds. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until mixture forms a grainy paste.
  4. Scrape down the side of the bowl, then add yolks, egg and lemon extract.
  5. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  6. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed just until combined. Do not over mix.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake in the oven for 23-25 minutes until cookies are slightly brown along edges.
  9. Immediately transfer cookies to a cool surface.

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