The single most frequent question my correspondents ask is, "Do you know where I can find the Mrs. Fields cookie recipe?" I never had any idea where to get it until recently, when a woman in my office brought in some very fine cookies, and when I complimented her, told me she had made them "from Mrs. Fields' recipe."

Well, I cannot vouch for the authenticity of this recipe, but I can tell you this: the cookies were EXCELLENT. I'd personally still add more vanilla, but that's a minor quibble.

Thanks, Patti!

Cream together:

2 cups butter

2 cups sugar

2 cups brown sugar


4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

Mix together:

4 cups flour

5 cups oatmeal (Put small amounts into blender or food processor until it turns into powder. Measure first, then blend.)

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

Mix together all ingredients and add 24 oz. bag of chocolate chips; [optional] one 8 oz. grated Hershey Bar (note from Stephanie: I sure would leave this out); and 3 cups chopped nuts (note from Stephanie: pecans or walnuts or even macadamia nuts are good).

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets.

Make golf ball-sized dough balls, two inches apart, and bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes. Makes approximately 112 cookies.

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