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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Spiced Apple Cider Caramel Cookies



SPICED APPLE CIDER CARAMEL COOKIES
Mrs. Field's Recipe

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
10 packets (1 box) Spiced Apple Cider drink mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
48 caramel squares or Rolo candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars, and drink mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly add flour mixture into sugar/butter mixture and stir until just combined. Chill dough for about an hour. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop dough into your hand and flatten slightly. Put a candy in the middle and form the dough around it to shape into a ball. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until barely golden brown around the edges. Do not overcook. Remove cookies on the paper to a rack until completely cool.

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