Copycat Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe…and a Giveaway

by doughmesstic on November 23, 2011

in chocolate, cookies, Giveaways

 

I’ve never actually eaten a Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Ever.

But here is what I assumed: kinda hard, generic.  Nothing to write home about.  As a National Brand, famous, and sought after cookie it needs to appeal to the masses, not just foodies.  Masses want something they can rely on – just enough chocolate chips, sturdy but chewy, not too much vanilla, nothing overpowering, no secret ingredients.

I was right, and wrong.

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The cookies ARE generic.  But they are surprisingly delicious.  I liked the chewiness.  I even left them out all night, uncovered, and woke to find still chewy cookies.  They’d be great for shipping for this very reason.  That Mrs. Fields was on to something.

Nice. Because I am lazy, and sometimes cookies don’t make it to a cookie jar.  And sometimes, I want to mail cookies.  Sometimes.  Sometimes, I want to put ice cream in the middle of them.  These are perfect for that.

On the negative side, I do wish they had more chocolate chips in them.  Maybe a bit more oomph in the vanilla department.  Browned butter? Yes please.  But those changes would make this a Mrs. Whetzel’s Cookie, not Mrs. Fields, who Chef Todd Wilbur decided to clone.

imageHave you heard of Todd?  He’s really quite brilliant.  He’s made a name for himself, cloning recipes from chains and companies we all know and love.  Dippin’ Dots. Cinnabon.  KFC.  In fact, he’s so good at it, he has his own show now on CMT, showing all of us how to do it ourselves.

Now, I’ll come right out and tell you, some of those recipes are easier than others.  These Mrs. Fields Cookies, for example?  You can probably go in your kitchen right now and make a batch. Happiness in under an hour.  But the Cinnabon clone?  You’re gonna need a credit card and gourmet food shop or internet access.  The Dippin’ Dots?  You don’t even want to know.  But needles, dry ice, and liquid nitrogen are required.  Plausible for the average Joe, sitting at home, kicked back watching a little CMT?  Not likely.  But the fact that you CAN make it yourself, if you decided to ?  Well, that’s pretty darn cool.  We have Todd to thank for that.

For years this food hacker has cloned America’s favorite foods for fun. Now CMT has given him his own show, “Top Secret Recipe,” and all the resources he needs to uncover famous secret recipes and share them with viewers. The new series airs on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.  This week, he’s tackling a recipe from the popular Chili’s food chain.  Wonder what it is?

It was last week that he revealed the Mrs. Fields recipe, and CMT posted the recipe online, as they do with each episode.  Dig around their site!  I’m sure you’ll find something you like.  Until then, here is Todd’s Cookie Clone Recipe, courtesy of CMT.  Give it a shot!

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Copycat Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 20 Cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Madagascar vanilla extract
  • 15 ounces all-purpose bleached flour (3 cups)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. It’s best to use a stand mixer for these cookies if you have one, although a hand mixer will also work fine. The quality of your chocolate chips is a big factor in these cookies, so use the best ones you can find. If the dough is tacky (it sticks to your fingers), you should add a little bit more flour. Cookies will seem undercooked when they first come out of the oven, but that is exactly what you want for the perfect clone.
  2. Combine butter with sugars and salt in a large bowl using the paddle of an electric mixer on high speed until consistency of peanut butter.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  4. In a separate large bowl combine flour with baking soda and baking powder. Pour this dry mix into the wet stuff and mix just until combined. Mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out ¼ cup portions 3 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  6. Place a 2 ½-inch ring mold (or biscuit cutter) over each portion of dough and press down on the dough with your fingers so that is molded into a circle around the inside edge of the can. Place the dough into your freezer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Preheat a convection oven to 275 degrees (or a conventional oven to 300 degrees). When you are ready to make the cookies, flip over each of the frozen dough pucks onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake (use top rack for conventional oven) for 20 to 22 minutes or just until a couple of the cookies show slight browning around the edges. Rotate cookies halfway through cooking time.
  8. Immediately slide the parchment paper with the cookies on it off of the baking sheet to prevent further cooking. Allow cookies to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before handling.
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See?  Nothing too hard.  Nothing you can’t handle.  He’s done all the dirty work for you.  It’s pretty foolproof!

The Giveaway

imageCourtesy of CMT, I have a copy of Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 Cookbook with even MORE Top Secret Recipes to give away.  Who wants it?

You?

Leave me a comment here.  Tell me what recipe you’d most like to know the clone recipe for!  I don’t know if it will be in any of his books, but you never know!  Besides, it may give him even more ideas!  So, leave your comment, and maybe something good will happen.

You might even win this book!

You can check out more about Todd’s show through the following links:

Contest is open to US Addresses only, and is open until November 26 at 11:59pmEST.  Book is shipped by and courtesy of CMT.  One entry per person only.  Good luck!

Stop back by later today for yet ANOTHER great giveaway…I’m tackling that Gift Guide in a tasty way!  Can’t wait for you to see!

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer November 23, 2011 at 8:19 am

Please, please, please come up with the recipe for Panara Bread Cinnamon Crunch bagel recipe. Maybe it’s already in there?

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Katie W. November 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

I would love to win the cookbook!! I would like to know how to make the cinamon roll at cinabun, those are the absolute best!

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Amber @ Amber's Confections November 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

I would love the copycat recipe for Carrabba’s Chocolate Dream Cake

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Cindy November 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

I would love the cookbook and would also love to know the recipe for Chik Fila sandwiches.

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Debbie November 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

I’d like this cookbook also and would love the recipe for Pappasito’s salsa. It is served warm and is so delicious.

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Katherine K November 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

I would love Applebee’s oriental chicken salad dressing recipe.

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tiffany November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

I would love the clone for the lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s.

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Lorrie November 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

I would live the recipe for Chick Fil A chicken!

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Meghan November 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

I’d love to get the recipe for the Outback’s Bloomin Onion. Yum!

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Sarah November 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

I would love this cookbook & the recipe for Longhorn steakhouse’s bacon mac & cheese

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courtney November 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

I’m a lover of all cookbooks! Thanks!

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denise November 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

I would really love to make the Cinnabon recipe

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Jennifer @ Giveaways and More November 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

I would love to know how to make the Cheesecake Factory Black Bean Burger!

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Linda Ingo November 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

I would like the cookbook, and believe it or not one of my favorite desserts is Ryan’s Bread pudding.

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Natalie Merkel November 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

I would like to know how to make Olive Garden’s salad dressing

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Laura November 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

I would love to make anything that tastes as good as the restaurant version!

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Kristin November 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

Just for the sheer coolness factor, I’d love to have the recipe for KFC extra crispy fried chicken.

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MaryBeth November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I would love to have the recipe for the tortilla soup served at Bahamas Breeze.

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Katie November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I want to win the book :)

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Sarah November 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I would love to win this cookbook!

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Stefani November 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I love copycat recipes! I would love the recipe for Outback’s bread!

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Lauren @ fromeveryday to gourmet November 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I love Todd and his great recipes – what an awesome cookbook to have! I’d immediately make the PF Changs Lettuce Wraps!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I’d love to know how the 99 makes their potato skins! They’re incredible.

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Susan P November 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I would love to find the clone recipe for Panera’s carrot muffins in this cookbook!

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Barb S November 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I’d love to learn how to make Chili’s Sweet Corn Soup.

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Rocio @ Finding myself in the kitchen November 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

They don’t offer it on their menu anymore but my favorite pasta from Macaroni grill was Chicken Marsala ravioli… i’d love the recipe for that.

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Carla November 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Coleslaw from KFC! I’ve heard they used sugar. Or chili from Wendy’s.

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Dana S November 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I’m not sure if anyone has heard of Chuy’s (it’s a Texas thing, I think) but they have the BEST queso blanco sauce on their hatch chicken enchiladas that are only served on Fridays here. I could eat it by the spoonful!

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Loree S November 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I would love the recipe for the dressing at Chipotle..I have tried to copy it and I get close,but its not the exact recipe.

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Leslie November 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

What a great gift! I would like the recipe for Ruby Tuesday’s salad croutons.

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jo-lyn@jo-lyns cutie(cup) cakes November 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm

i want the orange chicken recipe from the chinese place in the mall!! lol

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Melinda November 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I would love the recipe for Don Pablo’s cornmeal spoon bread!

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Sharon November 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Piccadilly Cafeteria’s carrot souffle/cake thing. I haven’t had it in years and I loved it!

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Athena November 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

The rainforest crunch ice cream that Ben & Jerry’s used to make.

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Michele N November 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I would love this book. I had already found the copycat for KFC coleslaw on the website years ago. I would love the recipe for Skipper’s tartar sauce, it’s my favorite.

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Carrie November 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Ooh…I have one of his cookbooks and would love another!

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Rebecca November 25, 2011 at 1:56 am

The biscuits at Popeyes! Or the cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster

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Joanna November 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

Id love to get the recipe to Vanilla Bean Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory :)

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Jocelyn November 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I would love this book! :)

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Erin November 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

I want to know how to make Deli Mexicana’s el pastor sandwich. It’s a one and only restaurant in Memphis, so it’s definitely not in this book, but I still want to know!

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LuAnn July 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I would LOVE to have the recipe for Chic fil A’s new chocolate chip cookie!! YUM!

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Bret December 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Regarding the recipe:
Sorry Todd, but you must have tried the store bought Mrs Field’s cookies; they simply don’t compare to the real, original cookies I used to buy weekly when I lived in Palo Alto, CA, where she opened her first shop.
Those were anything but generic!!
Unfortunately, the product had to change out of necessity, when she started shipping to supermarkets. What you find there is the same as the originals in name only:(
Your recipe has the right ingredients, but is missing some important details regarding the process, which makes all the difference in the world…
Still a good generic cookie recipe, tho.

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Arielle Matlin October 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Hi – I love your recipes and just included this link in my newest blog post. Check it out at:
http://www.recipechatter.com/copycat-cookie-recipes

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