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.




Black and White Cheesecake Bars

Mrs. Fields Recipe

Makes 20

1 (15.5 oz.) package cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
5 tablespoon butter, melted
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil hanging over sides.
Place 28 cookies in a food processor and process until finely ground. Place in a medium bowl, add butter, and mix well. Place crumbs in prepared pan and press mixture evenly into bottom. Refrigerate until ready to fill.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Coarsely chop remaining cookies and stir into batter. Pour mixture into crust.Bake 45 minutes, or until edges are firm and center is slightly jiggly.

Let cool 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Lift cake out of pan using foil, and place on cutting board. Cut into bars and serve, or refrigerate until ready to serve

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