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.




Coconut Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut (toasted or plain)
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, loosely chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer, blend the sugars and butter until creamy and smooth. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, and milk together before adding into the sugar mixture. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add in flour mixture until well combined. On low speed, stir in chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts. For best results, allow dough to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Using an ice cream scoop, spoon generous mounds of chilled dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, checking the cookies after 5 minutes and rotating the tray to ensure even browning. Makes 12-13 cookies.

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