Sunday, August 1, 2010

You can call me Mrs. Fields

When I was organizing my cookbook collection recently,  I started to wonder how many recipes I had actually made from these beautiful cookbooks.  As it turned out what I have mostly tried were all Baked goods/desserts.

Seriously, I am 24/7 on Baking/Dessert autopilot.  I always just end up book marking baking websites & blogs, or flip to the dessert section of each cookbooks. (ya, my daily thoughts are shoes, bags, dresses, cookies, desserts... lather, rise and repeat)

So “When did this baking obsession start?” I asked myself.  Then I found this old gem which  was the 1st cookbook I had ever bought:

Mrs. Fields Best Ever cookie book!

 I just love the title.  Its name suggests that it is not just any cookie book, but the BEST cookie book, with exclamation point! As if the title is dying to be screamed out on the mountain top.  (This just reminds me of that Seinfeld episode)

I have this book for over 10 years, but I have only gone thru first 10% of the book.  I always seems to be stuck at Chocolate chip Raisins cookies.  I don’t know why this combination is not so popular? The hint of bitterness from the semi-sweet chocolate chip with the sweet tanginess of raisins seems to be a match made in heaven.

 This book is out of print, but if you ever have a chance to acquire one, I highly recommend it! It is easy to follow and with over 200 different recipes!

Now come to think of it… should I do a “Julie and Julia” with this cookie book?

Chocolate chip Raisins Cookies
Make about 4.5 dozens

2 cups All Purpose Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
1/3 Cup packed Light Brown Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
2 Sticks (1 cup) Salted Butter, room temperature
2 large Eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 cups Raisins
2 cups Semi Sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300F

In medium bowl, whisk flour and baking powder together, set aside

Blends Sugar & brown sugars in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed.  Add Butter and mix until grainy.  Scarp down the side of bowl.

Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix at medium speed until smooth.

Add the flour mixture, raisins and chocolate chips.  Blend at low speed until just combinded, do not overmix

Drop by  rounded tablespoons onto cookiesheets (1.5 inch apart).

Bake at medium rack for 18-20 minutes.  Transfer to cooing rack to cool.

Kate for F3


  1. Yum Yum. And sounds like fun making a series of posts to that book. I know I'll be checking in to see all the cookies you make haha.

  2. cookie!! nomnomnom!!

  3. Love the photos! Where are the samples?