The Neiman Marcus urban legend comes to life as a cookie so good, it might just be worth $250.

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie - Sweet Tea & Thyme

You’re gonna have to pay $250 to see this recipe.

Yes, I take American Express and Paypal.

Just kidding!

This recipe I believe is from an old Neiman Marcus urban legend! I heard the it from my mama:

Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe - Sweet Tea and Thyme

A lady and her daughter went into the Neiman Marcus cafe for lunch, bought 2 salads and had a cookie. Well, the cookies were so good the mama asked for the recipe, which he replied “It’ll cost ‘two-fifty’.”  and brought it to her written out on a napkin.

Well when she asked for the check, she noticed lunch was $270! She ran up to the waiter, infuriated and confused.

“Why would my lunch cost so much? I only bought two salads!”

The waiter told her, “Well, you asked for the recipe for our cookies, which costs $250.”

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie - Sweet Tea & Thyme

And because she already saw the recipe, her money could not be returned. So when she came home, hotter than poppin’ grease and water, she emailed everyone she knew the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe, so no one could be jipped of $250 by Neiman’s again.

This was shared back when AOL was basically the only thing around and people just started getting personal computers so this is a pretty old story, and I’m sure it’s gone off half-cocked because similar stories using different recipes and different stores including the Waldorf-Astoria, Mrs. Field’s, and Nordstrom.

So what exactly is the Neiman Marcus cookie? Well, it’s honestly like a chocolate chip cookie, with a lot more oomph. It’s a hearty cookie with some substance, something most people aren’t expecting from what looks a little like granny’s chocolate chip cookies.

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie - Sweet Tea & Thyme

I’ll let you in on the secret: it’s the oats. They are blended to a powder, lending that slightly nutty, earthy ‘oat’ flavor and giving the cookie some fortitude while still maintaining the texture of a chocolate chip cookie.

My mom used to make these Neiman Marcus cookies a lot for work (I think they had bake sales or she was just selling them at work, who knows) and sold out each time she brought them. And what’s funny is, is that this is the halved recipe. She’d make the entire thing and the whole kitchen would be covered in wire racks cooling off cookies. Cookies that I could only have one of… Ah, memories, haha.

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie - Sweet Tea & Thyme

There’s swirls of melted milk chocolate throughout the dough along with the miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnut. I grate half the bar, then give the other half a nice, good ole chopa-chopa and it. is. incredible. Don’t skimp out on that chocolate bar!

I know you see how much chocolate is in that cookie. You know you need it.The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie - Sweet Tea & Thyme

It’s like a chocolate chip cookie on steroids.

Chocolate steroids.

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie - Sweet Tea & Thyme
The Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 53 cookies
Author: Britt Anne
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats blended to a powder consistency
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 sticks 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temp
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste extract is fine
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 4 oz. good milk chocolate bar I used Godiva, chopped finely and/or grated
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 10 oz mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together oats, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugars together with electric mixer in a large bowl until well combined and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and mix in well, then add vanilla.
  4. Mix dry ingredients in with a rubber spatula (or the paddle attachment to your stand mixer) slowly, until all the dry ingredients are just incorporated. Gently fold in the chocolate, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, place cookies in a 3-2-3-2 pattern on baking sheets (three in one row, two in the next) and bake in the middle of the oven for 9-10 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then finish cooling on a wire rack.