Tuesday, August 25, 2009

$250 Nieman-Marcus Cookie Recipe

This is an EXTREMELY delicious cookie recipe, my husband begs me to make these cookies for him. This recipe is also very popular as an internet search because of the story behind it. You wanna hear the story??? Well it goes something like this.....

"My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Nieman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Nieman-Marcus Cooke." It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not." Well, I said, would you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile, she said, "Yes." I asked how much , and she responded, "Only two fifty, it's a great deal!" I said with approval, just add it to my tab. Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Nieman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 fro two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe- $250.00." That's outrageous!! I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was "two-fifty," which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase. Nieman-Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money, because according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe-we absolutely will not refund your money at this point." I explained to her the criminal statutes which govern fraud in Texas, I threatened to refer them to Better Business Bureau and the State's Attorney General for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want, we don't give a crap, and we're not refunding your money." I waited, thinking of how I could get even, or even try and get any of my money back."
"I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Nieman-Marcus... for free. She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, you should have thought of that before you ripped me off, and slammed down the phone on her So, here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250 dollars for this... I don't want Nieman-Marcus to ever get another penny off of this recipe."
What a story huh! All I can say is thank you to whoever this lady is for passing the recipe, because the cookies are super yummy! Anyway, here is the recipe. Note: This recipe makes a ton of cookies so you may want to make just half.

2 C butter
4 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
5 C blended oatmeal (I measure the 5 c first and then blend it)
24 ounces chocolate chips (I use half milk chocolate and half white)
2 C brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 8 ounce Hershey bar (grated)
4 Eggs
2 tsp baking powder
3 C chopped nuts
2 tsp vanilla
2 C sugar

1. Blend oatmeal in a blender and mix with all the other dry ingredients
2. Cream the butter and both sugars
3. Add eggs and vanilla and then combine wet ingredients to dry ingredients
4. Mix chips, Hershey bar and nuts
5. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet
6. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.


  1. Ahhh I so wish I could make that. But I live in Brazil and it's so hard to find some of those ingredients like chocolate chips and hershey bars. It sounds so yummy though...

  2. Aline, you can skip the Hershey bar and it will still be pretty good. Are you sure, you can't find chocolate chips in Sao Paulo?? Maybe just buy a chunk of chocolate and cut it up in tiny pieces. This recipe is most definetely worth making!

  3. This was super good! I think less or no grated chocolate would be fine but love the white chocolate and milk chocolate chip combination!