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.




Iced Eggnog Cookies

Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, slightly softened
2 egg yolks
1  teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup eggnog

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons eggnog
ground nutmeg (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

For cookies: Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl and set aside. In another mixing bowl, mix sugar and butter together.  Add the egg yolks and vanilla to the mixture and beat until smooth. Finally, add the eggnog and mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Slowly add flour mixture into the eggnog and sugar mixture until completely combined, but be careful not to over-mix. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove immediately to a cooling rack.

For icing, whisk powdered sugar and egg nog together. Add more sugar or egg nog, depending on the consistency you prefer.  Drizzle icing on cooled cookies and sprinkle with nutmeg.

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