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.




Ginger Snap Cookies

Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon crystallized ginger, diced
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl combine flour, soda, salt, ginger, crystallized ginger, allspice and pepper. Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl, mix sugar and butter with an electric mixer set at medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add egg and molasses, beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed just until combined. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. The dough well be less sticky and easier to handle. Form dough into balls 1 inch in diameter. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 24 to 25 minutes. Use a spatula to immediately transfer cookies to a cool, flat surface.

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