December 23, 2011

Patty's Famous Mrs. Field's Cookies

It just is not truly Christmas without these cookies. For as long as I can remember, my mother has baked what she calls "Mrs. Field's cookies" for the holidays. (Her original recipe makes a batch of 90 cookies! Nearly impossible to stir at the end there. I don't recommend it.)

These cookies are out of control. As you can tell from the title, they are jam packed with nearly everything you could want in a cookie. Oatmeal. Chocolate chips. Nuts. In fact, there ends up being trace amounts of dough holding all of those goodies together. Just enough it turns out, and somehow they magically come together in the oven--quickly, too! The baking time is a short 6-8 minutes.

This recipe is straight forward, but it does have a couple twists. The first and most obvious is a grated chocolate bar stirred into the dough... in addition to the massive amount of chocolate chips. Genius, plain and simple. These are chocolate-lovers' cookies, and I happen to love chocolate--so there you go. The second riff is the additional step of blending (or food-processing) some of the oatmeal. The added flavor component and binding capacity are paramount, with very little effort.

The dough gets very, very thick. It tested the strength and determination of my "professional" Kitchen Aid stand mixer. A hand-held mixer would likely prove too weak to compete with this heavy duty dough. Lacking a stand mixer, mix this by hand. (Just make sure you build up your arm strength for a few weeks before hand...)

There is still time to add these cookies to your holiday tradition! They make great gifts, and they are a grand slam for a cookie exchange party.

Patty's Mrs. Field's Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounce good quality (Ghiradelli or Scharffen Berger) semi-sweet chocolate bar, finely-grated
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, roasted pecans and/or walnuts
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Cream butter and both sugars in a large bowl.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla until combined.
  4. Blend 1/2 cup oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it is a power. Sift blended oatmeal together with flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  5. Mix flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips, grated chocolate, whole oats, and roasted nuts.
  7. Space golf ball-sized balls of dough on parchment lined cookie sheets. Flatten slightly, then bake for 6-8 minutes only. They will not look completely done, but I warn you--do not over cook or cookies will be too crunchy! Let cookies cool slightly on the pan on a cooling rack, then transfer to the rack.
Makes 45 cookies


  1. These look so delicious, I can't believe I have never had them (or maybe I did like 20 years ago). They look very similar to

    I will have to make these soon for sure.

  2. when do you add the non-blended oats? with the nuts?


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