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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Almond Crunch Cookies



ALMOND CRUNCH COOKIES
Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

Makes 18 Cookies

1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup almonds, ground
1/4 c up heavy cream
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup almonds, sliced
1 cup flour
1 large egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

To make Cookies: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl blend butter and sugar with an electric mixer until mixture forms a grainy paste. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add egg and almond extract. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the ground almonds and flour, and blend at low speed just until combined. Form dough into 1 1/2 in balls and roll in sliced almonds, coating each ball thoroughly. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheets, 2 in apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown along edges. Immediately transfer cookies to a cool surface cover with waxed paper.

To make Chocolate Glaze: Scald cream in a small saucepan then remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips and corn syrup; cover and let stand for 15 minutes. With small wire whisk or wooden spoon, gently mix glaze until smooth, being careful not to create bubbles in the chocolate. When cookies are completely cool, drizzle patterns on them with the warm chocolate glaze, or dip half of each cookies into the glaze. Refrigerate the cookies on waxed paper until the glaze has set, about 10 minutes.

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