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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Maple Pecan Butterballs



MAPLE PECAN BUTTERBALLS
Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup pecans, finely ground
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl combine flour, soda, cinnamon and finely ground pecans. For extra flavor, saute pecans in 1 tablespoon of butter until slightly browned. Mix ingredients well with a wire whisk and set aside. In a medium bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until mixture forms a grainy paste. Add syrup and egg and beat until slightly thickened. Add the flour mixture and blend at low speed just until combined. Place the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Remove dough from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart. Bake 17 to 18 minutes or until cookie bottoms are golden brown. Immediately transfer to a cool, flat surface.


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