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 Crunch Cookies

Mrs. Field's Recipe

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stir butter and sugar together until melted and thick. Stir in water and then chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in beaten eggs until well combined.  Slowly add chocolate mixture into flour mixture and stir until a stiff dough forms. Spoon level tablespoons onto a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool and sandwich two cookies together with Candy Cane Filling.

Candy Cane Filling:
5 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 cup milk
4-5 drops red food coloring
3 candy canes, crushed

In a large mixing bowl, whip butter, salt, peppermint extract, and food coloring until light and fluffy. Alternate adding sugar and milk until you reach your desired consistency, which should be a stiff frosting. Stir in crushed candy canes.

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