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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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars



PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BARS
Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

8 medium butter cookies
1/4 cup salted butter; melted

Chocolate Layers:
2 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Filling:
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
3 cups Confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Crush cookies until finely ground. Add butter and mix. Press crumb mixture into bottom of 8x8 baking pan and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees. Cool to room temperature. Melt chocolate. Pour half into pan & smooth evenly over crust. Place pan in refrigerator. Keep remaining choc. warm. Blend peanut butter and  butter together until smooth using electric mixer. Slowly beat in confectioners' sugar & vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread  mixture over chilled chocolate layer. Pour remaining warm chocolate over top & spread smoothly. Chill in refrigerator one hour.

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