The Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe

by Hilary Gauntt on April 7, 2016

For years Neiman Marcus endured the urban legend about a woman lunching in their cafe who asked if they would part with the recipe for the wonderful cookies they served. The story went that she was graciously given the recipe, but then her bill arrived and she was charged $250 for it! Give the store credit for a sense of humor; they eventually developed this pretty darn great cookie recipe and shared it with all takers. I am nibbling on one right now, and if not legendary, it’s one fine chocolate chip cookie.

1 cup butter

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups oatmeal

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

12 ounces chocolate chips

1 4 ounce milk chocolate bar

1 1/2 cups chopped nuts

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.

Finely grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Combine the oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium bowl and slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Beat just until combined. Grate chocolate bar using a microplane grater and add it, along with chocolate chips and nuts to the batter. Mix just to combine.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes about 55 cookies.

Note: I used larger dark 66 % cacao chips. No need to grease the cookie sheets with all that butter!

$250 cookie

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