Yeah, THAT Mrs. Fields!
Ok, so I received this recipe from my grandmother-in-law who got it from her aunt who got it from a friend (and so on).
The story goes that a woman, we'll call her Susan, was told by a friend that Mrs. Fields' famous chocolate chip cookie recipe was available for purchase at just $25! All you had to do was call a number and order it. Thinking this was a steal, Susan called and placed her order. When the recipe arrived, so did her credit card statement confirming the purchase for $250! Apparently, back then the deal was legal and she had to pay the bill. Susan's revenge? giving that recipe to everyone she possibly could.
Now I did my own digging into the story and it turns out this was a popular urban legend that circulated in the 1980's. Mrs. Fields even released a statement saying that they had never sold their recipe and the myth was just that, a myth.
True or not, you've gotta admit it's a fun story. And I have to say, these cookies taste pretty darn close to Mrs. Fields'. You be the judge!
First, cream together your butter and both sugars. Once that's light and creamy, add the eggs and vanilla and mix on high for about two or three minutes.
In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients. To get my oatmeal ground well, I use the flat blade on my blender and blend about 1/4 cup at a time until it becomes a fine, even powder. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
Next, add your chocolate and nuts. You can grate or chop the Hershey bars depending on your size preference (I finely chop mine). I usually omit the nuts in my recipes, but it's up to you! If you do decide to go with nuts, walnuts or pecans work well for these cookies.
Roll the dough (about a tablespoon at a time) into round, uniform balls and place them evenly apart on your cookie sheet. Bake at 375 °F for 6-9 minutes depending on cookie size.
This recipe should make a few dozen cookies, but that'll depend on how big you make your cookies too. Once the cookies look ready, remove from oven and let them sit on the cookie sheet for about 1 minute before moving them to a cooling rack.
As with most cookies, these are best when enjoyed fresh from the oven with a tall glass of milk!