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.




Candy Cane Cookies

Mrs. Field's Recipe

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/4 flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup puffed rice cereal
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup candy corn candies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whip butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in egg, vanilla, and cream, mixing until light and creamy. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt together, then add slowly to sugar mixture until incorporated. Add cereal and peanuts, giving a few quick turns to get it incorporated without smashing the cereal. Scoop 1/4 cup scoops of dough onto prepared cookie sheets, six cookies to a sheet. Insert two candy corns into the middle of each scoop, enclosing it completely with dough. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately add 3-4 candy corns to the top of each cookie, pressing gently. Allow cookies to cool before serving.
Makes 15 cookies.

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