Top Secret Recipes

In Orange County, California in the late 80's Todd Wilbur received a copy of the notorious Mrs. Fields Cookie Recipe Chain Letter that had been making rounds across the nation. Trying the recipe led to disappointment. This was certainly no "secret formula." The results tasted nothing like a delicious Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookie!

"Fake! Phony!" he cried. And then he wondered, "Just who are the goofballs passing this off as an authentic secret formula and how is it that such a bad knockoff recipe becomes so crazy popular?"

Todd had an idea. Since he had way too much free time on his hands, he got to work on a recipe for a cookie that had the flavor, texture and appearance of a real Mrs. Fields cookie. How hard could it be? Batch after batch the clones came closer to the real thing, until one day, it happened. The cookies came out chewy and delicious, with crispy edges and that strong vanilla aroma. Bingo! The first Top Secret Recipe was born.

Link: Top Secret Recipes

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I would suggest going to the library or buying William Poundstone's Big Secrets series of books, one of which had the secret of Mrs. Fields' cookies. Other receipes included Kentucky Fried Chicken, Grey Poupon and Coca-Cola. Plus a whole bunch of other stuff that may be somewhat obsolete since the books came out in the 80s-early 90s.
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I've been on this guys website once a week for a year now. He gives away one free recipe a week...I have a load of them! Most of them are so great and I have a recipe for Applebee's Orange Chicken Bowl that is spot on! I love him!
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