Happy Tuesday, friends! Have you ever heard the story about the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe? Come on over and hear the story and then I’ll give you the recipe! Trust me, these cookies are the best I’ve ever made!
Legend has it that years ago a woman ordered a chocolate chip cookie at the Neiman Marcus cafe and loved it so much she asked for the recipe. The waitress said it would be “two fifty”. The woman assumed it was $2.50 so she agreed and had it charged to her credit card. Later she discovered she had been charged $250 instead! Outraged, she decided to distribute it via email to everyone she knew so no one would ever have to pay $250 for the recipe again. The recipe became wildly popular even though Neiman Marcus denied the story.
I had some of these cookies recently at a good friend’s house and had to have the recipe. Rather than bother her, I simply googled, “Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.” Well, as you can imagine there were a dozen or more of “the REAL Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe.” After a bit of research I came up with this one, called “Urban Legend Chocolate Chip Cookies.” (Adapted from Rene Kratz.) I don’t know if it’s the real one or not, but they are GOOD. So, here it is!
URBAN LEGEND CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (one 12 ounce package)
- 4 ounces grated chocolate bars (I used 2 full size Hershey chocolate bars chopped into small pieces.)
- 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans. (I used pecans)
- Step 1-Measure oats in a blender or food processor and blend to a fine powder. Set aside. (I skipped this part and used whole oats. Partly out of laziness and partly because I like the texture of oats.)
- Step 2-In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs then add vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture.
- Step 3-Add the chocolate chips, grated chocolate and nuts.
- Step4-Drop by rounded teaspoons onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Step 5-Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown on the edges. 10 minutes was perfect for my oven.
**The dough is very thick and very tasty. (Even though you aren’t supposed to eat raw batter, it’s quite delicious.)
**This recipe yields about 5 dozen cookies. If you like your cookies more doughy, cook for a minute less.
**My friend told me you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it to use later. I haven’t tried it, but hers were amazing.
**My husband declared they are the best cookies I’ve ever made. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you have the “real” recipe and how this one compares! Let’s chat again soon, shall we? xoxo Dell