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On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, a lesson for life from Ms. Fields

Did you know that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day?

In honor of the day, we’ve provided you with a short story about Mrs. Fields cookies as well as an easy-to-make copy recipe.

Debbie Fields turned a cookie recipe into a $ 450 million empire. Growing up, her father made about $ 15,000 a year as a welder while her mother stayed at home to raise five children. Despite this, Debbie said she was brought up in an extremely wealthy family because her father taught her that real wealth is in family, friends, and doing what you love.

As a young girl with four siblings, her favorite food was homemade cookies. She made hers using fake chocolate and margarine because that’s all her family could afford. At 13, she worked in a department store. She spent her first salary on real chocolate, vanilla and butter.

As a young housewife, years later, she and her first husband dined in a beautiful but intimidating home from one of her husband’s clients. He asked – what are you doing? Ms. Fields replied that she was “trying to orient herself.” He immediately stood up, put a “huge leather-bound dictionary” on his lap, saying, “The word is” oriented. ” If you don’t speak English, you shouldn’t speak at all.

After that, she vowed to “become somebody”. Following her father’s advice to do what we love, she decided to make and sell gourmet cookies.

Ms. Fields not only created a successful business, she created a market for expensive high-end cookies that didn’t exist before. Her family, friends and advisers all thought she would fail. When she opened her first store, her first husband bet her that she wouldn’t even have $ 50 in sales on the first day. In fact, while Mrs. Fields pursued her dream, her first husband was almost certainly calculating the depreciation or tax savings resulting from the loss.

Ms. Fields sold $ 75 worth of cookies on the first day. She took to the streets, letting people try the product. She proved her cookies were so delicious they sold once people tasted them.

She structured her business to have immediate feedback so she could quickly see how she was doing. She calculated her breakeven point by month, then by day and finally by hour.

The rest is history. Ms. Fields created a market that did not exist before. All the experts and even her then husband did not believe that she would succeed. Ms. Fields believes and may have proven that, “The American Dream is true. It works and is possible for everyone. Even the word “impossible” says “I am possible.” “

Thank you, Mrs. Fields, for helping us all “orientate” ourselves.
And now that you’re inspired by Ms. Fields’ story, maybe you’ll be inspired to bake cookies? Here is a delicious recipe to try:

(from the Mama Needs Cake food blog)

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 11.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °
  2. Cream together the softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time until fluffy.
  4. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  6. Beat the dry mixture into the wet mixture.
  7. Add the chocolate chips.
  8. Let the cookies cool for 1 hour before baking them. Keep unused dough cool between batches.
  9. Take 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls.
  10. Place on a baking sheet.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 10-13 minutes.
  12. The edges should be golden.
  13. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. The cookies will continue to bake as they cool.


SOURCE: Mama Needs Cake (at

Kristina Schneider contributed to this report. Schneider is a Practical Success Coach for The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc. ( His primary responsibility is to advise and assist estate planning lawyers on a variety of practice development and marketing strategies taught by nationally recognized estate planning lawyer Philip Kavesh. She is originally from Los Angeles and currently resides in South Bay.

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