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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Pecan Pie Brownies



PECAN PIE BROWNIES
Mrs. Field's Copycat Recipe

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons Dark Karo Syrup
2 egg yolks (beaten)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup pecan pieces
16 pecan halves
1 tablespoon Dark Karo Syrup (for pecan halves)

Mix pecan halves with 1 tablespoon of dark Karo syrup and set aside. Beat shortening with brown sugar until creamy. Add molasses, 2 tablespoons dark Karo syrup, and pecan pieces, blend. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.

Measure flour, add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. To batter slowly mix in dry ingredients until all ingredients are blended well.

Place in a 8 x 8 greased baking pan. Top batter with arranged pecan halves that have been mixed with the dark Karo syrup.  Place baking pan in a preheated oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes. (if glass baking dish is used bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes)

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