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.

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Frosted Brownie Bites


FROSTED BROWNIE BITES
Mrs. Field's Recipe

1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a ceramic or glass bowl, melt the butter on medium in a microwave for 30-second intervals until completely melted. Stir the cocoa into the melted butter until smooth. Put the eggs in another bowl and beat until frothy with a mixer on high speed. Slowly beat in the sugar. (The mixture will be grainy.) Add the butter mixture and vanilla and beat on low speed until thoroughly combined.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared miniature muffin tins, filling 2/3 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out with only a few moist crumbs.

Ganache Frosting:
8 ounces finely chopped chocolate (dark or milk)
1 cup heavy cream

Place chocolate in a large bowl. Heat cream on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour cream over chocolate and stir until completely mixed and glossy. Allow ganache to cool desired thickness. (The longer you allow it to cool, the thicker it will set.) For piping or frosting, allow the ganache to cool completely in the refrigerator to set up. When you are able to spoon the ganache and it can hold its texture, it is ready for piping or frosting.

TIPS: Use this basic recipe as a canvas. Top your Brownie Bites with toffee, crushed candy canes, walnuts, or anything else you can think of! You can also add 3 tablespoons of your favorite liqueor to the ganache for even more flavor.

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