Infamous “Nieman Marcus Cookies”

Have you ever heard or read about the “urban legend” story regarding the $250 cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus?

According to Neiman Marcus (via my web search), they deny ever charging anyone for their cookie recipe(s); but this urban legend and cookie recipe persists in turning up on the internet, and, well, on my blog today too.  Why you ask?  Well, mostly because I have made these Urban Legend Neiman Marcus cookies, and they really are great!  Every time I make them I get compliments on how good they are, along with requests for the recipe, and an inquiry as to what is my “secret” ingredient that makes them so yummy (it’s the ground oatmeal).

If this recipe can be found all over the web, why am I reprinting it here? Well, because I recently made these cookies for my Church’s upcoming annual Founders Day Fundraiser/Celebration.

Now, to make matters even more confusing, Neiman Marcus has made “public” a chocolate cookie recipe that they claim is “the original” cookie recipe, in an attempt to put the legend to rest (you can find it on the internet by simply googling Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe) – I find only one problem with this – The Neiman Marcus recipe they have shared was only created about 12 years ago – the “urban legend” recipe has been around for at least a couple generations, and was originally passed around via regular USPS mail, not the internet.  PLUS – Neiman Marcus has been making their chocolate chip cookies for more than 12 years…

So, which is really true?  Well, the only way we will ever know is if someone with a very old “first edition” Neiman Marcus cookbook that has the original real recipe in it comes forward.   I have looked over the “Real Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe” and have to tell you, it doesn’t sound nearly as delish as this one.

Any hoo – regardless of the origination of this recipe – I have to admit – these are THE BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever made.  🙂

This recipe is a basically combination of an oatmeal cookie (sans the spices, and the oatmeal is ground into a fine powder), a chunky chocolate cookie, and a chocolate chip cookie, with nuts.

I have made this with and without the nuts in the past, both are equally delicious.

Below is the original recipe, but instead of a Hershey chocolate bar, I use dark chocolate (60-65% cocoa) instead.

It is easily halved as well – which I do when I often make them.  In fact, you could make the dough, sans the nuts, divide it in half, and then add half the amount of nuts to one half of the dough, so you get “two kinds of cookies” out of one. 🙂

Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

(Recipe may be halved):
2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal**
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated) or chopped, actually, I put the chocolate bar in a plastic freezer bag and pound it with the smooth side of my meat mallot until I get the general size of chunks that I want
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

** Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

This is also a great recipe to make ahead, and freeze the cookie dough in pre-formed balls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  When they are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag.  When you are in the mood for the cookies, take out 6 – 12 cookie balls and bake them.  No need to defrost, just bake them for a couple minutes longer than indicated above – but keep a close eye on the cookies, so you don’t over bake them (unless you like crunchy cookies).  🙂

5 Minute Old-fashioned Wooden Spoon Chocolate Brownies Recipe

5 Minute Old-fashioned Wooden Spoon Chocolate Brownies Recipe.

Oh yes, on this rainy Saturday afternoon in Houston, these are going in the oven… in about 5 minutes!� 🙂

via 5 Minute Old-fashioned Wooden Spoon Chocolate Brownies Recipe.

Grandma’s Valentine’s Day Cookies

I get a lot of compliments and requests from my friends for my recipe for these cookies.

They are sort of like “linzer” cookies, but made without all the sugar on top. And a whole lot better (according to my friends).

The recipe is from my Grandmother, with my own little twist.  They are a “roll out cookie”, as you can tell.  My grandma would simply cut them out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.  I decided it would be fun to cut out the center of 1/2 of them; use jam, and make them like a Linzer Cookie.  Rather than combining all the small hearts that were cut out of the center of the larger ones, I baked those too; and put jam between them to make little cookies.  can see that I also cut tiny hearts out of some of the smaller cookies too.  I also took some of the left over dough and made those tiny hearts on the plate as well.  They are great for little kids!

This recipe can also be used to make any sort of holiday cookie – Christmas, Easter, St Patty’s day, etc.

Grandma’s Valentine’s Day Cookies

1 cup butter
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

Your choice of jam for the filling.  (I have used red currant, strawberry, and cherry jams, it just depends on what I have on hand – and since I make them for Valentine’s day, I use a red jam).

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add egg and beat well.

Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Wrap in wax paper and chill several hours or overnight.  If you refridgerate the dough overnhight, take from refridgerator and let it set out of 15-30 minutes until it is soft enough to roll out without cracking along the sides.

Roll to 1/8 inch thick on floured board and cut with heart shaped cookie cutter.  If you wish, using a smaller cookie cutter, cut out the middle of 1/2 of the cookies to use a the tops.

Place on un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Instead of using jam and making cookie sandwiches you could do as my grandma did and ice cookies with favorite confectioners’ sugar icing with red coloring added).

Another alternative would be not to cut out the centers of the cookies, use the jam to make cookie sandwiches AND ice them as well.  🙂

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.