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.
Mrs Field's Restaurant Recipe
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup (4 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup (6 oz.) semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (3 oz.) white chocolate chips
1/4 cup (1/5 oz.) milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with waxed paper.
In a double boiler, melt the unsweetened chocolate and the first batch of chocolate chips. Stir frequently with a wooden spoon or wire whisk until creamy and smooth. Pour melted chocolate into a large bowl. Add butter and beat with electric mixer at medium speed until thoroughly combined. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour and the three types of chocolate chips. Mix at low speed just until combined. Chips should be distributed equally throughout the dough. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place dough balls onto paper-lined pans, 2 inches apart. With the palm of your hand, flatten each ball to 1/2 inch thickness. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer with a spatula to a cool, flat surface like your countertop.