Neiman Marcus Urban Myth Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe came about from an urban myth when an email circulated purported to be by a disgruntled woman who had
the cookie at a Neiman Marcus restaurant and asked for the recipe. She said she was told it she could have it for “two-
fifty,” and when she got her credit card statement, there was a charge for $250. She called and protested, but was told
she could not have her account credited. In response, the email said, she was posting the $250 recipe on-line for the
whole world. But as with most email tales, it was apparently an urban myth, as Neiman Marcus supposedly did not sell
cookies – at least until after the email circulated. A marketing plot? Perhaps. But after attempting to deal with Neiman
Marcus’s customer service for something entirely unrelated to cookies – or for anything I ordered for that matter but
found in my mailbox along with the bill – I can only conclude that they should get out of the luxury apparel business
and go back to baking cookies. These are utterly delicious, and freeze beautifully. I roll the dough into balls and pop
them in the freezer; thaw and bake as needed.
1 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 ½ cups ground oatmeal (grind in a blender or food processor to a fine powder)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoons baking soda
12 ounces (1 large bag) chocolate chips (best quality)
9-ounce chocolate bar, grated
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars, then add the eggs and vanilla.
Add the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Blend in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate bar, and nuts. Mix until batter is well
(Batter will be fairly dry; if it becomes difficult to handle, just knead the nuts and chocolate
into the dough like bread, being careful not to overwork the dough or it will be tough.)
Roll into balls about the size of golf balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Suggestion: use two different kinds of chocolate, such as milk chocolate chips and grated dark