Copycat Mrs. Fields Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

Mrs. Fields makes the best oatmeal cookies.  I can never get enough of these treats — that is why I bake them at home.  This recipe captures the right amount of sweetness and spice to make these cookies JUST RIGHT!

2 1/2 cups Flour
1 cup Quick oats (not instant)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cloves
2 teaspoons Grated lemon zest
1 cup Dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup Butter
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup Honey
1 cup Fresh apple, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup Raisins

1/2 cup Quick oats

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, salt, soda, cinnamon, cloves and lemon zest. Mix well and set aside. Cream sugar and butter together in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add egg, applesauce and honey and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture, fresh apple and raisins, and blend at low speed until just combined. Dough will be quite soft. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 1/2 inches apart. If you wish, sprinkle cookies with oats. Bake 23-25 minutes or until bottoms are golden.


Copycat Mrs. Fields Peanut Butter Cookies

I don’t know Mrs. Fields personally, I just know she makes some good cookies!  Mrs. Fields Cookies was founded by Debbi Fields, born 1956 in Park City, Utah. She and her husband started their business in the late 1970s, opening the first of many retail bakeries in Palo Alto, California. Mrs. Fields cookies are now commonly sold across the country in grocery stores and malls.  Honestly though, they are not that hard to make at home, and anything homemade always tastes better!

1/4 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
2 Cups flour
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
3 Eggs
1 Cup softened butter
1 1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix together with a wire whisk. In a large bowl, blend the sugars using an electric mixer at medium speed. Add butter and mix until it forms paste. Next, add the eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Mix at medium speed until the batter becomes light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and change the mixer to low speed.  Continue until just mixed.
Drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart. With a fork, gently press a crisscross pattern on top of each cookies. Bake for 10-20 minutes until cookies are slightly brown along the edges. Transfer cookies from the pan immediately with a spatula and allow them to cool.


Copycat Mrs. Field’s Black and White Cookies

The first Mrs. Fields store, in Palo Alto California, opened August of 1977.  Mrs. Fields has nearly 390 location in the U.S., and over 80 locations internationally.

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Dark brown sugar; packed
3/4 cup White sugar
1 cup Salted butter; soft
3 large Eggs
2 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
5 1/4 oz Semisweet chocolate bar – chopped coarsely
5 1/4 oz White chocolate bar – chopped coarsely

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside.
Blend sugars in a large bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed.
Add butter and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Add eggs and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until smooth.
Add the flour mixture and chocolates, and mix at low speed until just combined. Do not overmix.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
Bake about 25 minutes.
Transfer cookies immediately to a cooling rack.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies.