Neiman Marcus Urban Legend Cookie Recipe

From the kitchen of: Urban Legend

According to, this recipe story is an urban legend, and it goes something like this: A woman is in the Neiman Marcus cafe one day, and she asks for the recipe of a wonderful cookie she’s just eaten. She agrees to pay "two-fifty" for the recipe, thinking they means $2.50, but she gets charged $250.00. So in revenge She sends the recipe to everyone she knows.

I’ve heard the same story about cookies from Neiman Marcus, Mrs. Fields Cookies, L. S. Ayres, and several other businesses. My friend Jen has a Cake recipe with the same story type of that she received from her Grandmother, complete with a newspaper clipping of the story.

  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 5 cups blended oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 24 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1 8 ounce hershey bar grated
  • 3 cups chopped nuts – your choice

Cream butter and both sugars, add eggs and vanilla. Mix together flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

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