Mrs. Fields' Original Cookies, Inc. bakes and sells specialty cookies, brownies, pretzels, and other baked goods. From one store started by Debbi and Randy Fields in 1977, the firm has expanded to over 1,500 stores named Mrs. Fields' Original Cookies, the Great American Cookie Company, the Original Cookie Company, Pretzel Time, Hot Sam, and Pretzelmaker. This is a true success story of an American homemaker and her husband who overcame numerous obstacles to create an international business. However, like many companies that began as family businesses, it reorganized under outside leadership and ownership. The firm's chocolate chip cookies were so popular that they became the subject of a modern urban legend in the late 1980s and early 1990s.




Banana Nut Cookies

Mrs. Fields cookies are very popular and this cookie tastes a little like a banana cake with a lot of chocolate and nuts.


2 2/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp banana liqueur or extract
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. I
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda and salt.
  3. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend sugars at medium speed.
  5. Add the butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  6. Add the egg, liqueur and banana, and beat at medium speed until smooth.
  7. Add the flour mixture, 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the walnuts and blend at low speed until just combined.
  8. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
  9. Sprinkle the cookies with chocolate chips, 6 to 8 per cookie.
  10. Bake for 25-27 minutes until cookie edges begin to brown.
  11. Transfer immediately to a cool surface.

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