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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Russian Tea Cakes




RUSSIAN TEA CAKES
Mrs. Field's Recipe

Makes about 2 Dozen

Cakes:
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:
1/2 cup fruit preserves
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer.  Add vanilla, scraping down bowl as needed. Blend in flour and salt, mixing until thoroughly combined.  Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place dough balls on lightly greased
cookie sheets about 1 inch apart. Press down the center of each ball with a spoon, forming a depression. Fill each with a teaspoonful of preserves or nuts. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer cookies immediately to a cool, flat surface. When cookies are completely cool, dust them lightly with confectioners' sugar.

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