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.




Chocolate Marshmallow Clouds

Mrs. Field's Recipe

3 cups flour
2/3 unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup salted butter, softened
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups miniature chocolate chips
8 ounces miniature marshmallows, frozen

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Until you are ready to assemble the cookies just prior to baking, keep the marshmallows in the freezer—otherwise they will thaw too rapidly. In a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Set aside. Combine sugars in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, blend in butter until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips and blend at low speed until combined. Batter will be very stiff.

Gather 4 or 5 frozen marshmallows in the palm of your hand and cover them with a heaping tablespoon of dough. Wrap the dough around the marshmallows, completely encasing them and forming a 2-inch diameter dough ball. Place balls on ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cool, flat surface.

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