There’s an urban legend about the famous chocolate chip cookies you can buy at the high-end department store Neiman-Marcus (although snopes.com has verified it’s false). It goes like this: a woman orders chocolate chip cookies for dessert at the cafe, and she loves them so much that she asks for the recipe. They refuse, but they change their minds when she offers to pay them for it. They tell her it will cost “two fifty”, but when she receives her credit card statement a month later, she has actually been charged “$250.” This makes her so angry that she decides to pass the cookie recipe on to everyone she knows so that it will no longer be “secret.”
It’s a good story, albeit not accurate. However, the Neiman-Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe does exist and is very much for public use. If you’re interested in trying it out (and you should - they’re my favorite cookies!), here is everything you need:
Ingredients (makes 96 cookies):
- 2 cups of butter
- 4 cups of flower
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 2 cups of sugar
- 5 cups of blended oatmeal
- 24 ounces of chocolate chips
- 2 cups of packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 eight-ounces of Hershey bars (grated)
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 3 cups of chopped nuts (your choice)
- Measure the oatmeal and blend it in a blender until it’s a fine powder.
- Separately, cream the butter and both sugars in a mixer.
- Add eggs and vanilla to the mixer.
- Mix them together with the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Add chocolate chips, the grated Hershey bar, and nuts.
- Roll into one-inch balls and place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for ten minutes at 375 degrees, or until golden brown.
For the chocolate chips, you can use whatever kind you like, but semi-sweet dark chocolate is preferred because it has a more intense chocolate flavor. The reason why these cookies are so good is because the Hershey chocolate bar is grated right into the dough, which gives it a richer flavor.
If you tried to make them, post some pictures in the comments section below!