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.




White Chunk Nut Bars

Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

Makes 16 Bars

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 medium eggs
1/2 cup flaked coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl with electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, coconut and vanilla, then blend slowly until smooth. Add the flour mixture, chopped chocolate and pecans. Scape the dough into the prepared baking pan and level and smooth the surface. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the center is set and the top is golden.Place the pan on a wire rack to cool at room temperature before cutting into 16 bars.

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