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					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.

Ingredients

1 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
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
         incorporated.

         (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
chocolate.

				
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