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.

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Lemon Macadamia Cookies




LEMON MACADAMIA COOKIES
Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup lt brown sugar,packed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, unsalted

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl combine flour, soda and salt. mix well and set aside. in a large bowl blend sugars well with an electric mixer set at medium speed. Add the butter and cream cheese, and mix to form a smooth paste. add the egg and lemon extract, and beat at medium speed until light and soft. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the flour mixture and nuts. Blend at low speed just until combined. Do not overmix. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake 23 to 25 minutes. Immediately transfer to a cool flat surface.

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