"Number one, I absolutely love making chocolate chip cookies. I mean, it's fun. It's exciting. Beyond the fact that I love making them, I love eating them." -Debbi Fields
Last week I came across a video from POPSUGAR of a Mrs. Field's shop owner giving a tutorial on how to make the Mrs. Field's Chocolate Chip Cookie (I posted it on my Facebook page here). I was all ears. For just like Debbi Fields above, I am all about the cookie. If I come across a recipe that intrigues me, even though I have a tried and true one of my own, I break out the Kitchen Aid and get to down to business.
Now, it has been years since I've had a freshly baked Mrs. Field's cookie. There isn't a shop near me, not even at Denver International Airport, if I am traveling. I don't think the shops are quite as widespread as they once were, but I may be mistaken. Nonetheless, at one time I was a regular customer if I was at the mall. The fresh baked goodness of a Mrs. Field's cookie was hard to resist, and I was never disappointed (but always slightly aghast at the price, as a baker myself). So eager to try the recipe, I got straight to work. Here is the result:
I followed the instructions exactly. They are fine looking cookies, but they do not look like Mrs. Field's cookies. They look like many versions of homemade cookies.
The recipe is "authentic". Again you can find it here along with the accompanying video. I don't think they intentionally mislead the viewing public necessarily. Perhaps in scaling back the recipe for the home cook the proportions got upended a bit. For me this recipe is not worth repeating.
I have a couple really delicious chocolate chip cookie recipes I can't wait to share with you down the road, I promise. In the meantime, if you try the Mrs. Field's recipe, please report back with your results. I'd be curious to know your thoughts.