"Neiman Marcus' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe"

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by bigmike&nan, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Back in the 80s there was an Urban Legend (myth) being spread by secretaries I knew at IBM that a woman in Texas had taken her daughter to lunch at Neiman Marcus and had their famous chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Supposedly the woman told the waitress she wanted the recipe, and to her surprise the waitress obliged. But when the woman got her monthly bill there was a charge for the recipe on her statement !! I've read of different dollar amounts for that charge, but the myth says the woman figured she'd get even with Neiman Marcus by passing the recipe along. This is the old recipe I remember, though now Neiman Marcus claims this never happened and supplied an online version of "their recipe" to refute the legend. The old one I remember uses "blended oats" oatmeal run thru a blender into a fine powder (the "official recpie" posted by Neiman Marcus does not have the blended oats). It really adds a nice touch to the cookies... Try this !!

    Mis en Place:
    (Recipe may be halved):
    2 cups butter
    4 cups flour
    2 tsp. baking soda
    2 cups granulated sugar
    2 cups brown sugar
    5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
    24 oz. chocolate chips
    1 tsp. salt
    1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
    4 eggs
    2 tsp. baking powder
    3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
    2 tsp. vanilla

    Preparation:
    Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet..Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.. Have Fun!!!

    A wonderful variation for this recipe is to add 1 cup raisins, a healthy grating of fresh nutmeg and 2 Tsp cinnamon to the dough...


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    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  2. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ontario
    Do you mix these cookies by hand or a mixer?......MMMMM I can smell them nowww
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I was telling DH today that I have yet to make CC cookies and feel like they were the "ones". This might be it! Thanks again, Big!
     
  4. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Mixer, I'd have to have a build like Atlas to make that dough by hand. LOL
     
  5. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    [​IMG] I just got the email about it sent to me again by my husband's aunt! She was convinced that it was true. You can find more information about the urban legend if you look it up on Snopes.
    I've never tried the cookies. They do look tasty. mmmmmm
     
  6. jo-me

    jo-me Out Of The Brooder

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    These cookies look awesome, are they chewy or crunchie ? A great receipe to make when you need a big batch, Thanks
     
  7. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you make the variation using raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon, do you delete any of the other ingredients?
     
  8. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:No I don't - and believe me they are really very, very good with the raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg added. You think you're eating an oatmeal cookie, no wait it's got chocolate chips, no wait it's got raisins... The combination is very good.

    As for the chewy or crunchy question: by adding a small amount MORE of brown sugar you get a crunchy thing going that is really terrific... You bake them on parchment paper and the consistency you get depends on how long you bake them: one minute less and they are chewy, one minute longer and that sugar starts to caramelize and get crunchier.
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I've been making this recipe for years and love it. The blended oatmeal makes these cookies delish. The dough is fab, too. [​IMG]
     

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