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 Orange Cookies

Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
dash of ground ginger

Cookies: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar together until creamy. Add eggs, orange peel, and juice and mix until well combined. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix well. Drop rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Icing: In another mixing bowl, whisk all icing ingredients together until smooth. Cool cookies before icing.

Note: Substitute lemon zest/peel and lemon juice for the orange counterparts in this recipe for an equally stunning cookie!

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