Also known as the “$250 Chocolate Chip Cookie,” the story goes that a woman & her daughter had just finished lunch at a Neiman Marcus café when they decided to order a cookie. It was so delicious that the woman requested the recipe.
The waitress informed her that unfortunately, she couldn’t share it. So the woman offered to buy the recipe for “two fifty” & requested that the waitress put it on her tab. Thirty days later she received her credit card bill & noticed that she’d been charged $250 for the recipe – not the $2.50 she’d assumed was the price.
The accounting department refused to reverse the charge, so as a form of revenge she released the recipe for free as far & wide as she could to every cookie lover from sea to shining sea.
Of course, like most urban legends, this one is bullocks.
But the cookies? These cookies will make your tastebuds dance with more enthusiasm than Buddy the Elf after too much “syrup” in his coffee.
And let’s get real – what’s not to love?
TWO TYPES OF CHOCOLATE!? DOUBLE YEP!
It is SUPERB & it may ruin you for all other chocolate chip cookies.
The only potential downside – if you want to call it that – is that this recipe makes a HUGE batch with tons of cookies. But the cookies & the dough both freeze well if you don’t plan to bake them for a party, the office, or as treats for others.
Or you can simply halve the recipe if you wanna be all reasonable about the whole thing.
Neiman Marcus Cookies
2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups cane sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
5 cups oatmeal, measured first then pureed to a powder in blender or food processor
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 7-ounce milk chocolate bar, grated (or another chocolate bar of your liking)
24 ounces (4 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
Place softened butter & sugars in a mixing bowl large enough to fit a small child. Beat until creamy (the butter & sugar, not the child…which shouldn’t actually be in the bowl).
Add eggs & vanilla and continue to beat until well combined.
In another large bowl, combine the flour, powdered oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Combine with butter mixture, then fold in grated chocolate, chocolate chips & nuts. Chill for at least 1 hour (the dough, that is – though you could always take a nap or binge-watch some Netflix if you wanted).
When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and centers are just barely done. Let cool for 1 to 2 minutes on pan before removing.