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.




Apricot Nectar Cookies

Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 large egg
1/4 cup apricot nectar
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl combine flour and baking soda. Mix well with a wire wish and set aside. In a large bowl blend sugars with an electric mixer at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then add egg, apricot nectar and apricot preserves; beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture and apricots, and blend on low just until combined. Do not overmix. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 22 to 24 minutes or until cookies just begin to
brown at bottom edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to a cool flat surface with spatula.

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