Neiman Marcus Cookies

Have you ever heard the story of the Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe? I remember doing a project on this in middle school. I had to cook something that was based on a story, so my grandmother helped me do these! They are quite the cookie, with lots of fine ingredients. NY Times says “Almost everybody has heard about the woman lunching at the Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas, who enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies so much that she asked for the recipe. For "only two-fifty," the waitress said, it was hers. But when the credit card bill arrived, the woman found the total near $300. Turns out the recipe cost $250, the story goes. 1997, after years of enduring the myth, Neiman Marcus came up with a recipe – and gave it out for free.” I’m sharing this fun story and recipe with you.

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Neiman Marcus Cookies

  • 2½ Cups Old-Fashioned Oats

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature

  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar

  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder

  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda

  • ½ Tsp Salt

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 12 Ounces Semisweet Chocolate Chips

  • 4 Ounces Milk Chocolate, Grated

  • 1½ Cups Chopped Walnuts or Pecans


  1. Using a food processor or blender, grind the oats into a very fine powder. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir the blended oats together with the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In another bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, cream the sugars with the butter until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.

  5. With the mixer speed on low and slowly add the dry ingredients in 2-3 additions, beating until just incorporated.

  6. With a spatula, mix in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate, and chopped nuts.

  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or use silpat sheet.

  8. Form cookie balls about 3 inches thick and place on cookie sheet, 12 per sheet.

  9. Bake for 10 minutes until the edges look set (centers may still look under done). Cool cookies on the sheet and the transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy!