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.

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Coconut Macaroons




COCONUT MACAROONS
Mrs. Field's Recipe

1 large (14 oz) bag sweetened, shredded coconut
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 extra large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and almond extract with a spoon. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer with a wire whisk to whip the egg whites and salt until you have medium-firm peaks. (Hint: It’s better to over-whip than under-whip, so if you’re in doubt, keep whipping.) Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. Chill the dough for 10-15 minutes. Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture onto a prepared cookie sheet (parchment or greased) and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and serve.

TIP: Take your macaroons to the next level with chocolate. Melt your favorite chocolate in a double boiler and dip half of the cooled macaroons in it, or drizzle chocolate over the top. Mmmm!

BONUS TIP: Store macaroons in the refrigerator for ultimate freshness

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