Thursday, April 18, 2013

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Cindy

I was going through my recipes last week looking for something to make for our oatmeal themed week and remembered this recipe that was being sent around by email in the late 90's.  As I remembered it, the cookies tasted fantastic, so I decided to make them again and share the recipe with you.  The cookies taste as good as I remember.  They are tender with a crunch on the bottom with gooey melted chocolate chips.  I'm a big chocolate chip cookie fan and these cookies are one of my favorites.  These were a big hit at the office too, and my tin was empty by 4 pm.  I did half the recipe and it made about 4 dozen or more cookies.  I used the small cookie scoop that looks like an ice cream scoop instead of rolling them in balls like the recipe instructs.  I watched them closely when they were cooking because I like a chewy cookie, so when the bottoms looked brownish and the tops started to brown, I took them out.  I didn't let them set on the cookie sheet very long either - maybe 3 or 4 minutes.  

I looked this recipe up on the Internet and found the story about this cookie recipe on  The urban legends website tells it just like it was.  I've added the email that I received below which was on 11/23/98.  

FWD: Free Neiman-Marcus Cookie Recipe
This is a true story... Please forward it to everyone that you can.... You will have to read it to believe it....
My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus Cookie". It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown "I'm afraid not." Well" I said, "would you let me buy the recipe?"
With a cute smile, she said YES". I asked how much and she responded, "Only two fifty, it's a great deal!" I said with approval, "just add it to my tab".. Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe - $250.00". That's outrageous!!!
I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them that the waitress said it was "two-fifty," which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase. Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.. They would not refund my money, because according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe - we absolutely will not refund your money at this point." I explained to her the criminal statutes which govern fraud in Texas. I threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the State's Attorney General for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want, we don't give a damn, and we're not refunding your money." I waited a moment, thinking of how I could get even,or even try to get any of my money back. I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250.00, and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun."
I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus... for free..She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this" I said, "Well you should have thought of that before you ripped me off", and slammed down the phone on her.. So, here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250.00 dollars for this... I don't want Neiman-Marcus to ever get another penny off of this recipe....

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Recipe may be halved)
2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 t baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure and blend in blender to a fine powder)
   24 oz. chocolate chips
1 t salt
1 8 oz Hershey bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 t baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
2 t vanilla

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet..Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.. Have Fun!!!
This is not a joke - this is a true story... Ride free citizens!!!! This isn't some stupid chain letter either.. pass it on.. if you don't, you won't die or get dumped.. you'll just do the world an injustice...


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