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.




Marble Cookies

Mrs. Field's Recipe

2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In med bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with wire whisk. Set aside. Combine sugars in a large bowl using an electric mixer set at med speed. Add butter and beat until batter is grainy. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla, and beat at med speed until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until just combined. Do not overmix. Place chocolate chips in double boiler over hot but not boiling water. Stir constantly until melted. OR, microwave, stirring every 20 sec until melted. Cool chocolate for a few minutes and pour over cookie batter. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, lightly fold melted chocolate into the dough. Do not mix chocolate completely into cookie dough. Drop by rounded tablespoonful, 2" apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 23 to 25 mins. Do not brown. Quickly transfer cookie to a cool surface.

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