This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the first Mrs Fields cookie shop. The wildly successful chain was started in 1977 by Debbi Fields, whose career began with a love of baking and progressed from there. Fields, I should add, is not the grandmotherly type that so many (for whatever reason) seem to associate with the brand. She opened her first store when she was only 20 years old.
As part of the celebration, Mrs Fields launched a cookie contest to find the next great flavor. The 30 semi-finalists have already been announced, and you can see all the recipes online here. Each entry has a little story about why the submittor likes it so much, but unfortunately, many of the recipes are not very original. Anzac biscuits, which I love, are about as original a choice for submission to a cookie contest as standard chocolate chip cookies. You can find a good recipe for them here and a variation on the original here). I won’t be rushing out to try all the submissions, though I will keep an eye on which recipe wins.