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.
Vermont Maple Walnut Bars
VERMONT MAPLE WALNUT BARS
Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe
Makes 16 Bars
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg
2 teasoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (4 oz) walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup & 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
walnut halves (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan.
To make bars: In a medium bowl combine flour and soda. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside. In a large bowl with an electric mixer blend sugar and butter to form a grainy paste. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add syrup, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture and walnuts, and blend at low speed just until combined. Do not overmix. Pour batter into baking pan and smooth top with a spatula. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then invert onto cooling rack. Cool completely before icing.
To make frosting: In a medium bowl cream butter and cream cheese with electric mixer at high speed. Add brown sugar and maple syrup, and beat until smooth. Reduce mixer speed to medium, and slowly add confectioners’ sugar. Once sugar is incorporated, increase speed to high, and mix until smooth. If frosting appears thin, gradually add confectioners’ sugar until frosting thickens. Using a metal spatula, spread frosting on top and sides of maple bars. If desired, make designs on frosting or decorate with walnut halves.