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A friend has been on an eternal quest for the cookies she had at Marshall Field as a child. I can't find a recipe anywhere, even in the MF cookbooks that are available. Does anyone have a recipe, or, could you describe the frosting to me? Did it have a flavor? Was it a butter cream frosting, or icing? What size and shape were the cookies?

I want to surprise her for her birthday, which is why I'm not asking her...

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  1. I was wondering if you ever found that recipe. I LOVED those cookies so much. I remember eating in the little shop that served them. The little metal chairs and tables. I think the cookie was a butter cookie, right? I would really like to make those and give them to my two other friends who I went with:-) Please let me know if you found the recipe:-)

    THanks!!

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    1. re: pamquebec

      No one came up with the recipe, but I think I have figured it out, after several attempts. In April, I'm going to bring my final guess to my friend and see what she thinks. The frosting is Italian meringue, colored pink, with no flavor other than a little vanilla, and I think the cookies are icebox cookies--the kind you roll up and then slice. I understand there should be a fair amount of frosting to each cookie, and you need that crumbly texture, but it's not a shortbread. If you try it, let me know! I will report back after I see what she says.

      1. re: Ravenlyn01

        Hi and thank for responding:-) I just found what looks like a good ice box cookie recipe so I just have to find an Italian miringue frosting recipe. I'm so excited about bringing this cookie back to life:-) How did your final cookie come out? Do you have any photos? I'd love to see them. I'm going to make my cookies this week so I'll take pictures and let you know how they turned out. This is fun:-)

        1. re: pamquebec

          so it turns out the ice box cookies were NOT the ones, according to my friend--but wow they were good. Amazing. She already said they weren't sugar cookies, but that there were kind of poofy ones at the grocery store that reminded her of the cookie part. I'm going to try a poofy sugar cookie recipe next!

          1. re: Ravenlyn01

            Okay...So the search I s still on...lol. I hâve family visiting now but when they leave in the next few days I'm going to take a stabb at solving the Marshall Fields cookie recipe:-) This is fun:-)

            1. re: pamquebec

              I can sure use the consultation! So far, we know they are not shortbread, not icebox, and not crunchy or bendy sugar cookies. I used the "Creamy Vanilla Frosting" from Cook's Illustrated, with a tiny bit of pink gel food coloring. I haven't ever actually had the cookies, which makes it a little challenging, but I may have my friend point out the grocery store cookies that she thinks come close...

              1. re: Ravenlyn01

                I remember eating the cookie and actually being in the cute little shop..lol I just remember that the cookie itself was soft and buttery like. And the frosting was so creamy and delicate. Hmmm...This is quite challenging...lol. We'll the visiting family is now gone so I can begin. I have a Mrs. Field's Cookies cookbook so I'm going to check,out some cookies there. I wonder if it's just a question of fiddling with the quantity of butter. It was a very soft cookie...hmmm. Will definitely keep you posted. Another thing, how can I check back here without having to go searching for this page? When I respond to you do you get some kind of notification or so you have to check in to the site?

                1. re: pamquebec

                  I get an e-mail saying there's a reply, but you are welcome to e-mail me directly at lwarwick at gmail dot com--then we will post the results here so people who search can find out what we know!

                  My understanding is that Mrs. Fields may be different from Marshall Field--but how many different kinds of soft, buttery cookies can there be?

                  1. re: Ravenlyn01

                    Okay great!!! What if we really discover how to make these cookies ...imagine????:-) Wowzers!!lol..lol

                    1. re: pamquebec

                      Oh, we will--sooner or later! I promised to figure it out as a birthday present!

                      1. re: Ravenlyn01

                        How much time do you have 'til the birthday? Here is a link to a picture of the little shop where the cookies were sold. It was like a fantasy place.http://rememberingmarshallfields.blog...

                        1. re: pamquebec

                          Oh...it was April last year. There have been multiple attempts. My friend points out that the more she says I don't get it right, the more cookies she gets!

                          1. re: Ravenlyn01

                            So you said that your friend remembers the cookie being somewhat puffy, right? I'm going to try something with the baking powder. I know I have to be careful so I don't make a cake like cookie. I remember the cookie being really soft. It was sort of like a Lorna Dune cookie but more flexible. Sometimes I think it's like a sugar cookie bit again more flexible. I'm not really a baker , I love preparing main meals and salads. This is going to be a real challenge. I have to get ready for all the mess ups ...lol

                            1. re: pamquebec

                              I am going to try a sort of poofy sugar cookie next. It tends to be awhile between trials because I bake for occasions, so I won't eat them all myself!

                              1. re: Ravenlyn01

                                Are you going to put the pink frosing on as well? Make sure you take a pic and post:-) I'm going to try and do something this weekend seeing it is a looooong weekend:-). I'll show you what I come up with.

                                1. re: pamquebec

                                  Yeah, not sure when I'm baking again! But I'll enjoy seeing what you get!

    2. Hi ladies , I LOVED those cookies also, I have been searching far and wide. the cookie is a teacake cookie, its not hard or to soft but semi flexible. The icing is a confection sugar with butter type and not to thin and not to thick. I am not a baker but I am a eater (lol) I think my grandmother might have a teacake cookie recipe because I know she was glad when I found them at marshall fields because I asked her to make them all the time, if I find the recipe I will definitely update like I hope you ladies continue to try and update.

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      1. re: cocostreats

        That is very helpful! I haven't tried a teacake--turns out it was not an icebox cookie after all, and not shortbread, and not crunchy sugar cookies. But I think we got the frosting right--it's like seven-minute frosting, where you heat up and beat the egg whites and then add butter. If you find that recipe, definitely let us know! And I'll see what I can find online. Maybe one of us will come up with it, and we can all make it and see how it comes out!

        1. re: Ravenlyn01

          Yes that is very helpful. You're lucky too that your grandmother used to make them for you:-) How I loved those cookies. I've never heard of a 7 minute frosting - I suppose I can look that up on line, right?.lol..I love this...I can't wait until one of us comes up with this recipe..lol..:-) Happy baking!!

          1. re: pamquebec

            MIstake, it's a Swiss Meringue Buttercream, like this:

            http://sweetapolita.com/2011/04/swiss...

            although probably you could use the Italian, since I don't think it would taste much different. This is funny, since I'm descended from a Swiss pastry chef...