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.




Lemon Bars

Mrs. Field's Recipe

2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated

4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To prepare the crust, sift the flour and powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon zest and softened butter and mix with a pastry blender until it is combined and clings together (though still appears somewhat dry). Press the mixture into a 9×13 greased baking dish. Bake for 20-25, or until it reaches a light golden color. Leave oven on.

In another medium mixing bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer for 5 full minutes, until frothy and thick. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest and mix until well combined. In another bowl, sift flour and baking powder together, then stir into the egg mixture. Pour over the warm crust and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool thoroughly. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and any remaining lemon zest.

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