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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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Who doesn't like a snickerdoodle? This recipe is sure to please the inner child in all of us.

Ingredients

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon


Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer on high speed.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  4. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Let the dough rest for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the sugar with the cinnamon for the topping.
  8. Take about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the dough and roll it into a ball.
  9. Roll this dough in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and press it onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat for the remaining cookies.
  10. Bake the cookies for 14 to 16 minutes and no more. The cookies may seem undercooked, but will continue to develop after they are removed from the oven.

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