The Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie…

Last week a bunch of us girls were invited to an event at Neiman Marcus by one of our friends that works there. There were free massages, drinks, food, facials, and a $50 gift card for going. It was my first time at Neiman Marcus. We even dragged our poor husbands along so we could get an extra $50 gift card.

Anyway, being there reminded me of an email that I have gotten repeatedly over the years about the Neiman Marcus cookie story. I am not sure if this is true or just a myth but…

…supposedly a lady ordered a cookie at Neiman Marcus and enjoyed it so much she asked to buy the recipe. The waitress said she could if she paid “two fifty”. She assumed it meant $2.50 but she was charged $250. She called the account office at Neiman Marcus after receiving the bill and they refused to refund her. So, she told them that she was going to have $250 dollars worth of fun with the recipe. She gave the recipe out to everyone she could think of and told them to give it out to others.
So I have to say with all the hype about the cookie, I was afraid I would be let down but I wasn’t. They are almost better after they have been sitting for a while. They have a crisp outside with a soft middle. The blended oats add a fabulous chewy texture. I definitely will be adding them to my cookie repertoire. Enjoy!


The Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie
Serves: 4 dozen cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ cups uncooked regular oats
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate candy bar, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. This is a thick dough. If you have a KitchenAid, use it.
  2. Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender or food processor to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Stir in chocolate chips, milk chocolate bar, and pecans.
  3. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. *I always use parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly on baking sheets. Then, remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yields 4 dozen cookies.
Source: Neiman Marcus

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  1. My mother has had the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe forever and is by far my favorite recipe. Other recipes we have tried have never been able to stand up to theirs. However, it is different than the one you have posted. It calls for expresso and not oats, even though we do not add the expresso when we make it. The oats do sound tempting to try! Thanks for all the awesome recipes you are always posting.

  2. Thanks Larissa for saying Hi! I have received different versions of the recipe in emails over the years and one had expresso and one didn’t so I opted for the one that didn’t since I don’t drink coffee. I have a feeling that the true recipe probably has expresso in it though. Now I want to try it without the oats to see what it would taste like.

  3. Mmmmm those look good!

  4. According to snopes this is just the recebt version of this type of e-mail…It’s evolved a lot over the years and changed recipes and companies. Interestingly Neiman Marcus made up the cookie after(they didn’t sell cookies before) the rumor started going around and they give the recipe out for free.

  5. Boy, these sound delicious!!! On my way to the grocery store for a bag of pecans and then baking these.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Perfect use for the huge milk chocolate Easter bunny in my pantry! Will be making these tonight!

    • The recipe does not say how big to roll the cookie only how far apart to place them on the cookie sheet I made the cookies and forgot to put in the brown sugar but they were still good sweet enough with all that chocolate in them. I think I rolled them to big so I will make them again and roll them smaller and put in the brown sugar

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  10. gracefullikeagazelle says:

    I made these yumlicous cookies almost as the recipe states except I substituted a dark chocolate bar (from the dollar store!!) for the milk chocolate bar. Not too sweet which complemented the office pot luck fare perfectly.

    ps Why are bizarre, unrelated and incomprehensible comments permitted to sully this site? Let’s stick to recipes recipes recipes and oh yes food food food. Be happy in 2015!

  11. Are the oats rolled oats or quick cooking oats??