Neiman Marcus Cookies

11 Feb 2014

Neiman Marcus Cookies

Neiman Marcus Cookies

Are you sick of dessert recipes yet?

Well, forget about the ones on your to-do list, and MAKE THESE COOKIES!

Neiman Marcus Cookies

I would have never found the recipe for these cookies if I didn't buy a second hand cookbook a couple of years ago. And hidden within the pages of this cookbook was a newspaper cutout of this recipe, complete with a background story!

Now I'm thinking the story is fictional, but it totally drew me in, and I knew that I needed to make these.

Neiman Marcus Cookies

But I will give you some warnings about this recipe. 

1. This recipe makes a LOT of cookies. I'm talking about all the cookies not being able to fit into TWO huge empty tubs of ice cream. Mine made 115 cookies. Crazy cookie fest happening in my kitchen.

2. Your arms are going to HURT after you make these. You need to grate one whole chocolate bar into the batter. I know that sounds delicious, but the repetitive grating motion will make you want to skip the gym. You'll get huge muscles just grating this chocolate. 

Neiman Marcus Cookies

Now a tip about grating the chocolate. I would recommend putting the chocolate in the freezer before you try grating it. Trust me, if you don't want the chocolate to melt all over your fingers (I know melted chocolate on your fingers sounds delicious, but..) you should chill it beforehand.

Neiman Marcus Cookies

So if you're still stuck on a Valentine's day treat to make for your sweety, these cookies are perfect. I mean, who wouldn't want 115 delicious cookies?? They are so good, I'm sure they will forget that they aren't red and heart shaped.

Below is the newspaper clipping with the cookie recipe and story. Enjoy!!

If you can't read what the story says, I will quote it below:

The Story

A friend of a friend of a friend had lunch at Neiman Marcus in Dallas last November, and for dessert, she had a cookie. She thought it was the most wonderful cookie she had ever tasted and asked if the recipe was available. She was told that it was, but there was a charge of two-fifty. She said that was fine. She got the recipe and told them to charge it to her account.
In December, when she received her bill, there was a charge for $250.00. She called Neiman's and told them that it was a mistake- the charge should be $2.50. She was told there he was NO mistake- the charge for the recipe was correct! They told her it was a non-refundable item and she would have to pay the amount or become delinquent.
In the end, she paid.
She vowed to get back at Neiman's. She decided to give the recipe- FREE- to everyone she possibly could. She asks that everyone who gets a copy sends it to everyone they know.
So here it is!

Neiman Marcus Cookies

Neiman Marcus Cookies
printable recipe

What you'll need:

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 5 cups blended oats*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 24 oz chocolate chips
  • 1 chocolate bar, grated
  • 3 cups chopped nuts (I used pecans)

*measure 5 cups of oats, then process in a food processor to a fine powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until fully incorporated. Mix in the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate and the nuts until fully incorporated. 
  4. Roll into tablespoon balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for around 10 minutes.

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  1. Hi Cathleen , Thos e cookies is delicious and worth the effort . I love them ... and thaks to you I can make my own , it will be well worth the effort to see my family enjoy them .
    Thanks so much for saring and thanks for the recipes :)

  2. 115 cookies would be a lot even for me :D

  3. Interesting story! I guess I would have to scale down the recipe or else I would get as big as a house (yes, I can eat lots of cookies)!

  4. Thick, chewy and delicious :D
    Thanks for the story!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. I love that story! 250 for a cookie recipe! what a cheek! these cookies look incredible though!

  6. These have been on my to-make list for forever! YUM.

  7. I've seen this recipe wandering around on the www and I'd really like to give it a try. Love the story that goes along with it.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. I would never get tired of cookies! These look so delectable!

  9. These cookies look great...nice story Cathleen...I will sure give this $250 recipe a try...
    Have a great week :D

  10. Oh this is that really famous recipe! I wonder if it was a real story? I'd love to ask Neiman Marcus :)

  11. i tried these cookies before... they are really yummy for sure! i love how thick and gooey yours look

  12. Fantastic cookies! Lots of fantastic cookies! Looove it! :) ela

  13. I've heard about these cookies and I've always been curious. Good to know it is so good! Love the sound of the grated chocolate and the ground oats. I bet there are some very happy recipients of these!

  14. Tired of desserts? Are there people who tire of them? Hi Cathleen, I never tire of a good chocolate chip cookie.

  15. Ooo yum!
    Cookies are my favourite thing - ever.

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  16. I think it's an urban legend but these cookies are terrific. I could eat all 115 given enough time. :)

  17. wow, worth an effort for sure....
    i guess half of the recipe is what i need to bring it out for my sunday school students!!!

  18. I loooove the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe. One of my coworkers brought them to the office years ago, and I was hooked! Those blended oats add something special.

  19. Mmh, they look so yummy!
    Maybe 115 is just the right amount? :)

  20. I always wondered why they were called Neiman Marcus cookies! They look deeeeelicious. :)
    Tina at

  21. I do make these. And yes, they are good. Too good. And a lot of cookies. I do freeze them and then I go the find them in the freezer. They are dangerous!

  22. 115 cookies!! Wow!! They sound amazing though - I suspect it would be easy to get through them and share them around :)

  23. I've heard this Neimen Marcus cookie story and always wondered if it was true...i've never tried the cookies tho. But from your pics it looks like i'm gonna have to. They look so yummy!

  24. I have this recipe and it is amazing! Thanks for the reminder to make it!! Thanks for linking up at The Weekend Retreat! Hope tosee you back on Thursday!!


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