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.




Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Mrs. Field's Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup quick oats
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour oats, baking soda, and salt. Put the sugar in another bowl and beat for 2 minutes until fluffy on medium speed. Slice the butter into tablespoon pats and add them slowly into the sugar and beat until combined. In a small bowl, lightly combine the eggs and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the butter mixture and beat until smooth on low speed. Add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Mix in the cranberries until evenly distributed. Chill the dough for about an hour, or until firm.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Drop the chilled dough by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake for 19-21 minutes, or until the cookies are light golden around the edges. Remove the cookies with a spatula and cool on a wire rack.

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