These easy Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies are full good things. Gooey chocolate chips, big chocolate chunks, even swirls of rich chocolate throughout the cookie dough!
This Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe is from an urban legend!
The Neiman Marcus Cookie Legend
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.”
And because she already saw the recipe, her money could not be returned. So when she came home, angrier than hot 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.
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. While the best chocolate chip cookies are gooey and and super buttery, these are thick and much more complex in texture, like a grown up chocolate chip cookie.
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 more structure, 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 but she made them for the holidays, too) 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.
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.
It’s like a chocolate chip cookie on steroids.
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- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, blended to a powder consistency
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
- 4 oz. good milk chocolate bar, chopped finely or grated
- 10 oz mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Whisk together oats, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugars together in a stand mixer or electric mixer in a large bowl until well combined and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and mix in well, then add vanilla.
- 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.
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 53 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.