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Neiman Marcus® Cookie Recipe
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Recipe From: E-Mail Hoax
Prep. Time:
Serves: 112

2 cups butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups oatmeal
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
24 oz. chocolate chips
18 oz. Hershey
® Bar - grated
3 cups chopped nuts - your choice

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

-Cream together butter and sugars.
-Beat eggs and vanilla into creamed sugars.
-Combine oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
-Slowly beat dry mixture into wet mixture.
-Stir in chocolate chips, grated chocolate, and nuts.
-Roll dough into 1" balls and place 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
-Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

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Original E-Mail Story: "My daughter and I had just finished a salad at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a small dessert.  Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus cookie."  It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not but, you can buy the recipe." Well, I asked how much, and she responded, "Only two fifty, it's a great deal!" I agreed with approval, just add it to my tab I told her. Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe $250.00".  That was outrageous! I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was "two-fifty," which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase.  Neiman-Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money, because according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money at this point." I explained to her the criminal statues which govern fraud in Texas. I threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the State Attorney General Office for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want, it doesn't matter, we're not refunding your money." I waited, thinking of how I could get even, or even try and get any of my money back. I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus... for free. She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, you should have thought of that before you ripped me off," and slammed down the phone on her.  So here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250 for this...I don't want Neiman-Marcus to ever get another penny off of this recipe..."

(8) Visitor Comments:

  • Whatever the story is...I have used this recipe many times and its always a big hit.

  • The email may be a hoax, but the recipe is real... and it's yummy!!

  • I always use an ice cream/cookie scooper to shape dough, works better.

  • This has to be the best tasting cookie recipe EVER!! Yum Yum!

  • It seem to be a fairly good chocolate chip oatmeal cookie reciepe. I have used something similar for years, and have people yelling for more. Of course, I stole it from Quaker Oats, it was on the side of the container.

  • I got this recipe almost a year ago. I tried it and made a few changes. I found 5 cups of oatmeal just a little much. I dropped it to 3 and for some THAT might still be to much. Try different amounts to your liking. The other change I made was to use peanutbutter chips OR butterscotch for HALF the chocolate chips (12 oz. chocolate chips and 12 oz. butterscotch (my favorite) chips) Give these different additions a try and make your own special cookie.

  • I was wondering if this was a true story and if the receipe is for reals. On the top of this recipe it says, "Recipe from: E-Mail Hoax. Just curious. Also, did they served it on a fancy cookie plate or did they just put it in one of those waxed paper baggies? Maybe you were supposed to keep the $250.00 plate that the cookie was served on! :) (Or the $250.00 waxed paper baggy imported from Europe)!

  • In 1985 I worked for Mrs. Fields Cookies. A woman came in informing me she no longer had to buy our cookies because she now had the recipe. I explained to her that that was impossible as the recipe was a much guarded secret. kind of like CoCa Cola, no one person had the complete recipe. She said she had proof and showed me the exact recipe you have listed as Neiman Marcus! AND her story was the same. She tried to buy the recipe, got ripped off, yada yada yada....I doubt this recipe is any more Neiman Marcus's recipe than it is Mrs. Fields. People are so gullible!!!

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