You may know the urban myth about this signature cookie. There are countless versions of the Neiman Marcus cookie myth, but the basic story goes like this: A woman and her daughter visited a Neiman-Marcus Cafe and ordered a Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie for dessert. Because they loved the delicious cookie so much the woman asked their waitress if she could have the recipe. The employee said she couldn’t give it away, but that she could purchase the recipe for bargain price of “two-fifty.” When the woman received her VISA statement a month later, she’d been charged $285 — $10 each for two salads, $20 for a scarf, and $250 for the famous cookie recipe.
Incensed by being charged $250 instead of the couple bucks she expected to pay, the woman published the recipe online as revenge. Because the Internet is just one big virtual game of Chinese whisper, since the early 1980s the recipe she shared has been modified throughout the years. But, the supposed recipe for the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie has always followed a pretty basic recipe for a chocolate chip cookie — eggs, sugar, chocolate chips, etc. Some versions of the cookie’s recipe include oatmeal blended to a fine powder, others don’t.
According to Neiman Marcus vice president of communications Ginger Reeder, there are a few inconsistencies that make the original story from the 1980s unplausible. First, up until 1999, Neiman Marcus only accepted American Express, which would make it impossible for the woman in the story to have paid for the recipe with her VISA card. Second, they never have charged for any of their recipes. However, the biggest problem with this colorful tale is that the Neiman Marcus cookie never actually existed until after the hoax went viral! After the hoax became an online phenomenon, Neiman Marcus created its own chocolate chip cookie recipe and posted it for anyone to print and use online. AND, here it is!
THE NEIMAN MARCUS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE
These delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies with a hint of coffee flavor (aka the $250 Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies) are one part urban legend and three parts tender not-too-sweet chocolaty goodness.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
- 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds).
2) Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.
3) In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.
4) Using a 1-ounce scoop or a 2-tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.
Don’t have time to make your own? You can order a box of Neiman Marcus Cookies on their site for a bargain!