Neiman Marcus Cookies

It seems like an odd note to start the New Year on, but some would say there’s nothing sweeter than revenge.  For years, there was a cookie recipe circulating along with the urban legend that its purveyor had lunched at a Neiman Marcus store with her daughter and asked the server for a recipe for the chocolate chip cookies.  The server allegedly replied the recipe would be “two-fifty,” which the woman gladly had charged to her account.  To her surprise, when her statement came, the “two-fifty” was really two hundred fifty dollars.  To exact revenge on the company, she passed the recipe along to everyone she knew and urged them to do the same.  Neiman Marcus refutes the story (and even created a chocolate chip cookie recipe following the debacle which they provide for free on their website).

True or not true, the cookie recipe produces a fantastic chocolate chip cookie and has long been a favorite of mine.  I have made the one from the Neiman Marcus website, but prefer this one that has been circulating for years, with its oatmeal and grated chocolate mixed in.  These are really delicious and a very sweet way to start the New Year.


Neiman Marcus Cookies


  • 1 C. butter, softened
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 C. brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C. ground oatmeal (put oatmeal in a blender and blend until it’s a fine powder)
  • 2 C. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. Hershey chocolate bar, grated
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 C. chopped nuts (your choice, optional)


Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy.

Add in eggs and vanilla and beat to combine.

Combine the oatmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and grated chocolate.

Stir the oatmeal mixture into the butter mixture and mix until combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by heaping tablespoons 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes.


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