The cookie recipe based on an urban legend: The infamous Neiman Marcus cookie recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Yeah, it lives up to the hype.
Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness. I swear I have never met a chocolate chip cookie that I didn’t like. There is something special about this all American cookie that makes me smile every time I have one.
But not all chocolate chip cookies are equal. There are the basic run-of-the-mill chocolate chip cookie and the to-die for chocolate chip cookie. And these Neiman Marcus cookies are definitely in the camp of to-die-for!
What is the Neiman Marcus cookie story?
Way back when before the plethora of food blogs and food websites and pinterest, we had simple email. And honestly, I think this story has been around even before that!
It started for me with an email from my mom, who forwarded the email to me from her friend who had forwarded the email she received from her friend, and so on and so forth.
The email goes like this. An unsuspecting customer was dining at the café at Neiman Marcus and loved their chocolate chip cookie. She asked the waitress for the recipe, which was given to her.
But Neiman Marcus doesn’t give anything away for free, let alone their coveted cookie recipe. The unsuspecting customer found out later that she was charged $250 for this secret recipe.
As revenge, this scorned customer shared the recipe with the whole world! And an incredible cookie recipe and urban legend was born and is being highlighted today: The Infamous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.
And the punchline to this story? It’s totally not true. To read all about the Neiman Marcus urban legend, check out Snopes for the whole story!
What is the BFD about this Neiman Marcus cookie?
No this Neiman Marcus cookie recipes is certainly not the cookie recipe written on the bag of chocolate chips. It is unusual and requires some unique ingredients and extra steps that aren’t normally found in a usual chocolate chip cookie recipe.
First of all, you pulverize whole oats in the blender until it’s a powder and include this in the cookie dough. Secondly, you add grated chocolate along with the chocolate chips.
NOT cocoa powder – GRATED CHOCOLATE.
This butter based chocolate chip cookie is not for the faint of heart!
Is this Neiman Marcus cookie really that good?
I first got this recipe from my mother back when I was single over 25 years ago. And, it really is an AMAZING chocolate chip cookie. I told you, this is not your run-of-the-mill cookie.
I have made many a chocolate chip cookie, and not to mention devoured many a chocolate cookie, and this is STILL my go favorite recipe.
It’s a little work, and I’ve modified a little by adding some whole wheat flour and wheat bran, but it is still full of chocolate, not too moist and not too crunchy. You can make it festive with green and red M&M’s or use dark chocolate chips for a decadent touch.
You can also omit the walnuts if your kids aren’t into nuts in their cookies (that’s my middle child). But one thing is for sure, kids and grownups will fall in love with this cookie.
More chocolate chip cookie recipes
Like I said, I’m a huge fan of all things chocolate chip cookie. I make sheet pan chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. You can also top brownie mix with chocolate chip cookie dough to make chocolate chip cookie brownies.
And for you health nuts, I also have a paleo chocolate chip cookie bar. You’re very welcome. Enjoy!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cup old fashion oatmeal
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup wheat bran
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 oz chocolate, grated
- 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Using a stand mixer, whisk butter and sugars until creamed.
- Whisk in eggs and vanilla.
- In a blender blend oatmeal until a fine powder.
- In a separate bowl, whisk oatmeal powder with all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat bran, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- In batches, mix dry ingredients into wet until fully incorporated.
- By hand, mix in chocolate chips, grated chocolate and walnuts.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place two-inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cookies rest in the baking sheet for one minute, then using a spatula place onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
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