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.




Everything Cookies

Mrs. Field's Recipe

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 package hot cocoa (1.25 ounces)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oats
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1 cup crushed pretzels (optional)
1 cup crushed Oreo cookies (optional)
1 cup peanut butter chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. In a medium bowl, stir flour, baking soda, and oats together. Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, mix melted butter with sugars and hot cocoa until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, and milk together, then add to the butter/sugar mixture. Slowly add in flour mixture, followed by all of the remaining ingredients. Place rounded tablespoons of dough on a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Remove to a cooling rack.

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