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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Lacy Oatmeal Cookies


LACY OATMEAL COOKIES
Mrs Field's Recipe

1 cup rolled oats; quick-cooking
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees; cover baking sheets with foil, then coat with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt  and baking powder; mix well with a wire whisk and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed
to form a grainy paste. Add the egg and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture and blend just until combined. Drop the dough by  teaspoonfuls 2 1/2 inches apart onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Let cool, then
peel the cookies from the foil with your fingers. Be sure to respray the cookie sheets between batches.

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