Monday, October 17, 2011


Secret Recipe Club

Another Great Cookie

Hello, It's time for the Secret Recipe Club for the month of October.  My secret this month was with Susan at permanent posies.
Susan is one busy woman, Susan cooks along with a lot more. She is a wife to her sweetheart from College, she is a mom and a grammie! I introduce you to Susan.

I had a hard time deciding on what to make from her blog, she has alot.  But being the Cookie Lover that I am I decided on Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I have seen this recipe around for a long time.  AKA as the $250.00 cookie.  So I had to do a little research on them and the story goes that a lady claims that during a lunch at a Neiman Marcus store, she asked the waiter if she could purchase the recipe for the wonderful cookie she just had, he said yes for two-fifty.  So she said ok, only to be somewhat surprised when her bill arrived later that month with a $250.00 charge plus her meal for the day.  Not able to get her money back she started a chain e-mail sending to everyone she knew.  At least this way she could get even, and share the recipe with all who wanted it.  According to the internet the Neiman Marcus Cookbook says this is a urban legend. Well, for me I say thank you to Susan for posting this recipe and it's a keeper for me.  A great cookie.  Happy Baking Andi   


The orginal ingredients for this cookie is double of what is listed below.  I think to make this one would need a industrial mixer and I was not serving the US Army today.  My changes are below.  I made a good size cookie and got 40 of them.  

Neiman Marcus Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cups butter

1 cups sugar
1 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups of quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
12 ounce package of chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
3 (1.55) ounce Hershey's Chocolate bar (grated)

Cream the butter and sugars, then add the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl add the flour, oats, salt, baking powder and the baking soda. Whisk this together then add to the batter in mixing bowl. Stir in the chips and grated chocolate and the nuts.
Bake at 350 degrees and bake according to the size cookie you make. I used a cookie scoop that holds almost 2 tbsp of dough and baked for about 11 minutes.

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  1. Good choice! I've made these cookies before and they are fantastic!

  2. I had never heard that story before and had always wondered how the recipe came about! Too funny! The cookies look delicious, I really need to give that recipe a try.

  3. The cookies look lovely. I've seen quite a few folks bake these and rave about them. I dont know why I haven't tried them yet. Bookmarked this to try out!

  4. Wow these look so good...I'd love to try one.

    love the SRC

  5. Mmm these look so yummy! And I love the story behind them!

  6. I've made this recipe a few times before, mostly prompted by the story that goes along with it, and the resulting cookie is always so delicious. These look great!

  7. Hi Andi - I've made a version of these urban legend cookies. I don't know if they were worth $250, but they were pretty darn good.

    I hope you'll stop by and see my SRC post.

    PS - FABULOUS way to spell out SRC with chocolate chips!!

    1. Really? I tried this recipe and found the batter to be really dry. I added an extra egg and half a stick of melted butter and it came out much better.

    2. I made these so long ago. I went back and checked the orginal recipe and everything is the same except that I cut the recipe in half. I have stuck with this, if I make something and I don't like it then I don't post it. Everyone has different taste, I have a note book getting pretty thick of recipes that I have made and are not on my blog. I want recipes here that I like and would make again. I am sorry but I can't say what went wrong. Others have made them and been fine. If my cookies had not come out good then I would of made something else from Susan's blog for the SCR Club. Sorry Andi

  8. well you've kind of got it right. this recipe has been going around way before the internet. she set out giving it to everyone she knew, sent it to the newspapers, (remember those?), had her friends put up copies in their churches, and slowly it travled the country. this was the mid 70's so things did not happen quite as quickly as they do now. if you add on the price and think 70's, she was well justified to do what she did. neiman marcus may say it is an urban legend, but i believe that is just to cover themselves. being there at the time i believe this really happened. nm was underhanded by the way they quoted the price, but on the flip side we ended up with a great cookie recipe. you are right the original couldfeed my son's army company in iraq. lol.

  9. LOVE your pictures! So cute. And your cookies sound heavenly!!!

  10. These cookies look delicious and I just love your presentation! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen
    Southwest Corn and Potato Soup

  11. Gotta love that story! I've heard it before too! and the cookies look great! :-)

    Thanks for being a part of my SRC group... stop by and see my Frozen Breakfast Burritos.

  12. I forgot that I ever posted that...haha. Your photo is really out of a magazine! I am so glad you enjoyed them and I like the story.

  13. The cookies are really good but I'm inclined to believe it to be an urban legend.

  14. Wow, these cookies must taste like they're worth the $250 supposed paid for their recipe! Yours certainly look upmarket enough for the legend to be true ;-). I could truly finish a whole basket of this...HELP!

  15. Mmmm...those sound heavenly! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

  16. Your cookies look and sound wonderful!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  17. This is one of my family's favorite cookie recipes. I haven't seen it get much attention on blogs, so it's nice that you picked it for SRC. I am going to have to go buy a big chocolate bar and make these again!

  18. Yum! Looks great! Fun to participate in SRC with you!

  19. I LOVE oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Can't wait to give these a try!

  20. This is going to on my must try ASAP list... looks gorgeous!

  21. I've been baking these cookies for years and used to leave a jar of them for my guests when I ran a Bed & Breakfast in Australia. One thing I changed is to melt the chocolate on a plate in the microwave, rather than grating it. This gives a nice chocolate coloured cookie.

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