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Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Have you ever had a Mrs. Fields cookie? As a kid growing up in the Michigan suburbs, my favorite treat, hands down, were the ridiculously delicious cookies at the mall…

Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Gooey, rich, warm enough to melt in your mouth — what is it that’s so insanely good about them?

Decades later, now living in New York, I was reminded of these beauties when one of our beloved babysitters, Carolyn, brought over a homemade batch. We tried them and immediately freaked out: THEY WERE SO GOOD. When I asked for the recipe, she told me that they were inspired by Mrs. Fields cookies.

Next she sent me photos of her mom’s chocolate-splattered recipe cards (how cute are those?). “These cookies are always our party trick and potluck contribution, and anyone who tastes them immediately asks for the recipe,” Carolyn told me.

When the boys and I baked them, I realized the fascinating secret: the flavored dough. You actually grate a chocolate bar, chop oats and chop pecans, and blend them right into the dough BEFORE even adding the chocolate chips. So, where a regular cookie has regular dough, you have CHOCOLATE-Y NUTTY OAT-Y DOUGH. Here’s the recipe…

Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Recipe: Mrs. Field’s Cookies
Makes 18-24 cookies, depending on size

You’ll need:
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 ½ cups oats, lightly chopped in blender for smoother texture (almost like flour)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Hershey bar, finely chopped or grated (although any bar will work!)
1 ½ cups pecans, chopped

Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar.
3. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
4. In separate bowl, mix flour, oats, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
5. Mix together all ingredients above.
6. Stir in chocolate chips, Hershey bar and pecans. (Then, if you can handle it, you can refrigerate the dough for a couple hours so all the ingredients come together; if not, go right ahead and bake!)
7. Scoop golf-ball-sized balls of dough on greased cookie sheets, spacing them 2” apart.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes. (Do not overbake! The gooier the better.) Cool on a rack.

Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Enjoy! Maybe even more than you did in a mall circa 1996.

Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

P.S. Nine cookbooks that earn their keep, and if you’re in the mood for more sweet treats:
* Cream cheese chocolate chip cookies
* The best oatmeal cookies
* Three-ingredient butter cookies
* Brown butter rice krispie treats
* Peanut butter chocolate cookies
* Thumbprint cookies.
* Mint chocolate chip cookies.
* Three-ingredient shortbread
* And can you even handle these brownies???

P.P.S. Plus, the very first Cup of Jo post of all time — featuring cookies:)

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo.)

  1. jaime says...

    I was so excited to be able to pin this article to Pinterest. I’ve been having trouble pinning anything from CoJ for months! I wondered if you had some setting on your site that banned pinning.

  2. This is the perfect chocolate chip cookie!! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside!! For added flavor I also add l cup of white chocolate chips

  3. Im going to combine this article with the How to Make My Weekends Longer article and wait to bake these til Sunday night. I shall anticipate them all weekend and then sit down to enjoy them in front of the GoT finale with a big pint of stout.

    Thanks for the weekend plans!

  4. Kat says...

    Mrs. Field’s Cookies was my first job in high school. I was 15. I used to ALWAYS take leftover cookies (that they would otherwise dump) to school on Monday mornings. Other faves there: milk chocolate chip, cinnamon sugars, and oatmeal raisin. OMG, I miss that place.

  5. Annabeth says...

    Hi Joanna, I’ve got a question about the oats — do they need to be the instant type? Or quick cooking? Or slow cooking? Can I substitute with oat flour outright (and if so at what ratio), or would that adversely affect the texture and/or taste of the end cookies? (Ok so that was more than one question, ha!)

    Also the “blend until almost like flour” instruction is just a tad too vague for me. Does it still need to retain some mass in order to provide crunchiness or chewiness for the cookie, or is that purely a matter of preference?

    Sorry for the barrage of questions but I really need my recipes to be as detailed as possible to minimize margins for error. Please put me out of my misery!

    • Lisa says...

      haha it depends on preference…I’ve used a similar recipe with both! My husband loves oatmeal cookies so i dont even bother blending the oats.

    • Katie says...

      I made the cookies yesterday. If you are going to blend the oats it doesn’t matter whether they are instant, quick, rolled, etc. If you used instant you might not need to blend them because I think those are pretty chopped up already. I used rolled oats and put them in the food processor until they were finely chopped/ground. Not flour, but pretty small bits. That way they provide texture but not too much for my picky kids! The cookies turned out great and it makes a big batch so I froze half my dough pre-scooped. Hope this helps.

    • Andrea says...

      What error are you avoiding?

  6. Joyce says...

    Can the eggs be omitted?

    • CharlieCharlie says...

      Hi Joyce, if you are looking for eggless cookies go to Pick Up Limes, she has great recipes :)

  7. Denise says...

    They sound amazing! Going to make them in the morning. Salted or unsalted butter?

  8. Carla says...

    Hello! May I know if they use cake flour or all purpose flour. Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      All purpose!

  9. Dru says...

    AKA Nieman Marcus $250 cookie recipe! Dates to 1970s. One of the first “viral” recipes.

    • Jenna says...

      Before the hoax referenced them as “Nieman Marcus” cookies the $250 story attributed them to Mrs Fields! She also denied it was her recipe according to Snopes. So weird how these hoax stories get created! Nieman Marcus didn’t even sell a chocolate chip cookie before the urban legend went viral.

    • CharlieCharlie says...

      Oh yeah ! I have it in print ! Such great cookies !

  10. Amanda says...

    You should visit Hershey!! Hershey Chocolate World! Hershey Park! It’s nice here! :)

  11. Megan says...

    This brings back so many memories! In the early days of motherhood, when I had a toddler and a screaming baby with colic, friends would bring over their two toddlers and chubby, not-screaming baby every Friday night. We would take turns cooking, holding, rocking, cleaning, bathing kids, and eating. Then, joy above all joys, we would put the kids down and make these cookies.

    • Jessica says...

      Megan, these playdates sound amazing. I wanna try it! Can you tell me about the logistics? Did the kids sleep over ever Friday? Did they just get used to it (and therefore actually slept)? A fellow mama has to know!

    • Megan says...

      It was pure desperation. We had a standing date and my house had an extra bedroom with a pack n play. We’d just plan dinner that week and each contribute. We’d put all the kids down (or at least try to) and then our friends would transfer their kids to the car and again to bed at home. My kids were hard sleepers and rarely woke after going to bed, even the screamer. Their kids woke often and frequently ended up in bed at home with them anyway so they didn’t mind the transfers. Plus it became routine! We still do it often now 10 years later, but put a movie on for the kids and we head out to the porch!

  12. Lee J says...

    Only cheers and applause for these cookies! No other response will do. Yay, now i have the recipe!

  13. Moriah says...

    There is something so satisfying about finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. I felt like finding my own was harder than finding a boyfriend haha. Once you have a no-fail, crowd-pleasing recipe it changes your life. Maybe that’s dramatic, but chocolate chip cookies are one the few things that can unite a group of people.

  14. Hannah says...

    When my mom passed away a few years ago my dad said us kids could walk around their home and choose anything we wanted to take. I inherited her recipe box which is FILLED with 3×5 recipe cards in sections based on meal type. They all are messy with fingerprints, scribbled with my mom’s notes, and wear and tear showing how often a recipe was used. Every time I bake something it reminds me of her and I love having this piece of her with me :)

    • C Rosen says...

      That is the sweetest thing I have read in a long time! Sorry for your loss but living through with the joy and happiness of her cooking is amazing thank you so very much for sharing!

    • Alyssa says...

      What a lovely story. I inherited my Nana’s recipe box and it feels very similar. I love seeing her handwriting and her recipes. One of my most prized possessions. <3

    • Rosa says...

      What a sweet story…I read somewhere “if you want to be immortal, teach someone how to cook”…every time i make rice pudding I feel so close to my grandma

  15. Alma Redinger says...

    Thank you so much for this chocolate chip cookie recipe. The other recipes all look so delicious.
    I will be doing some baking, soon!!

  16. jane says...

    Yep – I grew up with this recipe too. Now I’m a gluten free vegan for my health but if you can do dairy etc these are up there with the best.

    • I’m gonna veganize this recipe on the weekend and will let you know how it goes. Normally I just sub Earth Balance butter for the butter in my cookie recipes and Bobs Red Mill Egg Replacer for the egg. Every recipe (cakes, muffins, cookies, loaves) I’ve done this with so far has turned out exactly the same as the regular recipe.

      Can’t help ya with the gluten though :)

    • TC says...

      Jess, how did the veganizing go? I’m going to make these tonight with Miyoko’s butter, flax eggs, dark chocolate baking chunks from Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s chocolate bar. I’m SO EXCITED.

  17. JR says...

    Does anyone have tips on how to adjust the recipe for high-altitude baking? :)

  18. Emma says...

    Yes! My mom had a Mrs. Fields cookie cookbook when I was growing up. That thing is still my cookie bible! Every recipe works!

  19. Lauren E. says...

    Why did my heart just seize up at the sight of that splattered recipe card? Those are some of my most treasured items from both my grandmothers.

  20. Bets says...

    Loved these as a kid and try to make one batch a year for the first week of school.

  21. Beth says...

    I still have and use the Mrs. Fields Cookbook and her chocolate chip cookie recipe! It’s the best!

    • Kay says...

      Hi, Beth which Mrs. Fields Cookbook do you have the 100 recipes or the 130?

  22. CHOPPED oats and pecans? A GRATED CHOCOLATE BAR? My brain is exploding. I want to run straight home and make these right effing now and maybe hit the Orange Julius on the way.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

    • Oh man these look so good. Do you think almonds would be an okay substitution for the pecans? (Or even almond flour?) They are all I have on hand.

    • Andrea says...

      My Mom makes Orange Julius drinks for breakfast with eggs Benedict on special occasions! Ooh la la!

    • Katy Keesey says...

      Orange Julius – were those everywhere? I just know it, and Mrs. Fields were next to each other in my mall in Minnesota growing up!

  23. These are the cookies my mom always made when I was a kid! It was written down on a very similar-looking card :)

  24. Hannah says...

    How big of a Hershey’s bar? It’s raining in SF, and I was just thinking about baking some cookies to battle the gloom today!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      4.4 oz! i used lindt, which was also delicious.

  25. Katie Larissa says...

    I’m gonna go ahead and call these lactation cookies to justify making a batch immediately. I mean, oats are great for milk supply, right??!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      DEFINITELY :):):)

    • Nicole says...

      Add a little flax seed powder mix with water and some malted milk powder and its the actual recipe for my lactation cookies.

    • Lynn says...

      Add a little brewer’s yeast as well and FOR SURE.

  26. Maggie says...

    I just clicked on the link and read your first post. Who is Bean?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha he was my close friend in my twenties — his real name is colby, but he called himself “bean” online back then for some reason! :)

    • I so remember those early Cup of Jo days. Before Alex was even in the picture, right?! Nostalgia.

  27. I’m fasting for Ramadan. And then I see these cookies on COJ first thing in the morning. Oh Joanna!

    • Stay strong!

    • Jennifer says...

      🙋🏻‍♀️ Fasting too, Ramadan Mubarak to you! It’s 10:30pm and I am debating making these right now, but then I have to watch the kids eating them tomorrow and I won’t be able to handle it. I wonder how many I could eat before Suhoor!?!? My kids call me the cookie 🍪 monster! 😆

    • Reem says...

      I am also fasting and made these to take to an iftar tonight at my friend’s house! Will have to wait until then to try them : ) Ramadan mubarak!