November 21, 2017

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This infamous $250 Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe will forever be your new favorite!
It’s amazing to browse the cookie aisle, and see how many choices we Americans have.

It’s crazy… really.

But I am only going to give you two cookie choices, and they are pretty similar…in fact, the best ever!!!

For years, I believed the urban myth that Neiman Marcus charged a customer $250 for this recipe.
If you haven’t heard the story, google it, it’s cute.
I have made this with slight variations and love it every time. I have even started adding a bit of instant decaf coffee powder for a slight coffee flavor and crave that new twist.

With all the oatmeal in this recipe, it “feels” so much healthier, so indulge – you have your fiber for the day.


(This is a quadrupled amount,ย  so this feeds a crew with some to freeze, but you may halve the recipe.)

  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder) *I have bypassed this at times and have just used full fledged oatmeal.
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

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.

Remember, you will need a BIG bowl.

Quite often, I have omitted the Hershey bar, and it’s still been perfect.

In honor of the Real Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, here it is:

* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
*1 cup light brown sugar
* 3 TBS granulated sugar
*1 large egg
* 2 tsp. vanilla extract
*1 -3/4 all purpose flour
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso coffee powder
* 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet choc. chips

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Cream the butter with the sugars.

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In 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. Drop cookies onto greased cookies sheet about 3 inches apart.

Bake about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

I would seriously quadruple the above recipe if you want to have any cookies left over.

Every one makes chocolate chip cookies, this is not a new phenomena, but once you try these, you’ll never go back.ย  That’s the key to this post.

The recipe I am giving you will make between 50-80 cookies.
If you’ve started any dieting resolutions, you may rethink your will power.

I usually bake up about 40 cookies, and then form the remaining 40 into cookie dough balls to freeze. I have a few cookie scoops which make the “perfect size.”
I happen to have quite a few mini muffin tins, as well.

Tips and Ideas for Freezing Cookie Dough:

I scoop them into the tins for a flash freeze before I put them into the ziplock bags.


Don’t purchase a mini muffin tin just for this. A cookie tray works well also (but now you can be on the look out when you are thrifting…hint, hint).

Doing a quick freeze is important for freezer storage, otherwise your dough will stick together as it freezes. Once they dough has become slightly frozen, just pop them into the bag.
**Warning, frozen cookie dough is addicting, and rarely makes it back into the oven.
It’s just too easy to pop those in my mouth – right from the freezer.
And don’t even begin to warn me about salmonella – I’ve weighed the consequences…:)

I know that some of you are wondering if you can just stick the frozen dough straight into the oven with out thawing. You sure can, it works beautifully.
Just watch your baking time, it will vary a bit.
Quick tip: you know that toaster oven that is stuck in the very back of your cabinet;ย  the one that you got for your wedding and never ever use?
Pull that out…it is your new best friend.
Even with a family of seven, the toaster oven gets used daily.
It not only saves money on heating the oven, but is perfect when we want just a “snack.” It’s forced portion control.
We can easily pull out a few of the frozen dough and have fresh cookies in minutes (if we don’t eat the frozen dough first).

And yes, even the muffin tins can substitute for cookie trays if you’re running short.
Irony here? I can’t find the pictures of my finished cookies. The regular looking ones…just imagine, or find me at Blissdom this weekend. You better make it early or they may be gone.

Come join us for the second edition of bulk baking.
If you haven’t read the 1st edition, go here.


  1. Megan @ Little Bella Bean says:

    Doy. Now I really want a cookie. Stop tempting me! Hehe. I can’t wait to try those. I’m not going to Blissdom, being a west-coaster and all, but I will be your friend if you mail me some of those…!

    Ok, I will still be your friend even if you don’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰



  2. Those cookies look great!


  3. Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says:

    My friend…I kinda suspected it before, but now I know for sure. You.Are.Amazing. And I think I LOVE you! Is that weird?


    p.s. I am so totally jealous of all you fabulous people going to Blissdom. I’m already hoping for next year!


  4. Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says:

    Your cookies look yummy!


  5. GREAT!!! Now I want me some yummy cookies. So much for my “diet”! LOL! Thanks for the great post!

    (I usually just stick the leftover cookie dough in the fridge and scoop some out when I want to make cookies. It gets used fairly quickly in our house. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. Oooo…yum. That all looks so fantastic! I’m sure Emily and the Nester will LOVE it. I so wish I was going to Blissdom with y’all. Maybe next year…sigh.


  7. Sandy Toes says:

    -sandy toe


  8. I am in the process of freezing meals and such for the arrival of our baby girl in March. This is perfect! I can make some now and have some for later!!!


  9. Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels says:

    They look yummy! I adore making cookies and don’t do it nearly often enough. I always double the batch at least since we like so many different types. We make chocolate chunk, white chocolate and oatmeal from the same cookie dough. Today is a snow day…we just might have to bake some cookies to celebrate.


  10. southerninspiration says:

    YES!!! Love that cookie, and here’s one that is a fierce competitor for it’s rank as favorite! go to:

    they need to be frozen anyway, but they have that sweet/salty thing going on….yummo!!!
    have fun this weekend!!



  11. mommy4life says:

    These are some of my favorite cookies! Thanks for the idea of flash freezing dough balls.


  12. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Oh, I am SO not above being bribed with chocolate chip cookies, roomie! I’m so happy you are making those. I haven’t even thought about bringing food! May have to stop off for some snacks at the grocery store. And oh my, that 1st recipe looks just like my Famous Mrs. Fields cookie recipe…and they are MY favorites too! I bet they all came from the same place! Can’t wait til Friday to see all you girls. We are gonna have a blast.


  13. Darlene - Our Creative Life says:

    I wish I was going to Blissdom and rooming with you! I LOVE cookies, especially cookies with chocolate!!

    I’ll definitly make these! Now which recipe do you use the Real Neiman Marcus Cookie or the Famous Neiman Marcus Cookie?


  14. Awesome Job! I do that, too. It’s so nice to have it ready to go in the freezer.


  15. mmmmm yum yum yum


  16. Yummy, now I want some. We always freeze our cookies, my kids like them better that way. I used to make the NM recipe, I need to pull that out again ๐Ÿ™‚ I linked to you on my blog today – looking forward to meeting you – wow! tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. oh amanda says:

    YUM. I’ll be at Blissdom…and any friend of chocolate cookies is a friend of mine!


  18. Just YUM!!!

    Lisa Q


  19. Jennifer P. says:

    i had to go get a handful of chocolate chips to nibble on to hold me over till I can make these! Yummy :)!

    Those are some lucky roomies you got there!


  20. Bulk baking rocks, however…it never works for me because I have no self control!! I’ll eat every last one of them. Those look so yummy. I SO wish I could have gone to Blissdom. Have fun and I can’t wait to hear all about it!!


  21. Lazy Mom Amanda says:

    Yum, but who needs to cook them when you can eat the dough??


  22. Remodeling Guy says:

    Hey! Thanks for the manly man compliments today! And you bet, I’ve been blessed with some amazing opportunities! Connection City!

    Wish I had some of those cookies!

    Tim @ Remodeling Guy


  23. Jennifer Hudson Taylor says:

    Mmmm…looks yummy!


  24. THANK YOU!!!! I’ve been looking for that Neimann Marcus Recipe for months! ๐Ÿ™‚


  25. cityfarmer says:

    Guess I’ll have to look into Blissdom…right now my kitchen’s working for me.

    I’ll be baking up a storm tomorrow.


  26. The Nester says:

    Oh YEAH!

    I cannot wait for these. We are gonna have so much fun and you are rooming with some of my favorite peeps!

    See you in a few hours!


  27. They look so good & thanks for all the little helpful hints.


  28. Your Frugal Friend, Niki says:

    Hmmm…I got this from a friend years ago and was told it was from Macy*s. Then I read online somewhere that the whole story behind them is an urban legend.

    Either way, it is one delicious cookie!



  29. You are so darling and meeting you was such a treat!!

    I am so sad that I missed out on your cookies! How did that happen? ๐Ÿ™ *sad rachel*

    I’m still coming down from my Bliss Buzz. It was so wonderful.


  30. The other week I wrote about how much I adore my toaster oven for making two cookies at a time! great post!


  31. Tanya Schlitter Stewart says:

    Oh No, I was blocking this from memory. The frozen ones are my favorite!!!


  32. Tanya Schlitter Stewart says:

    Oh No, I was blocking this from memory. The frozen ones are my favorite!!!


  33. Tanya Schlitter Stewart Oh friend – I know. Go away from the dark side. My stomach is still reeling, but wow, were they good. ๐Ÿ™‚


  34. Susie Langston says:

    can u use all purpose flour?


    Jen Reply:

    Yes, Susie – All purpose is great. ๐Ÿ™‚


  35. Hi! Can’t wait to make these for myself, my cookie loving husband, and my neighbors. One question: what does the coffee powder do? We don’t love the flavor of coffee, so is it noticeable? Could I omit that? Thanks so much!!


    Jen Reply:

    Yes, you can definitely omit that. It just adds that variation to the flavor.


  36. I found your site browsing for ways to skip grating the Hershey Bar for these delicious cookies… I always dread shredding the chocolate. I was going to leave that part out, since you said you have left out the grated Hershey bar and the cookies came out fine. Instead, as I was grinding up the oatmeal in my food processor, I decided to throw in pieces of the Hershey bar, and low and behold, the food processor ground up the chocolate — right in with the finely ground oatmeal. It did NOT make a melted mess, it really chopped the Hershey bar up finely. This is my family’s favorite recipe, and most requested cookie, and now I will not have to shred that chocolate any longer. I’ll just be adding it into the oatmeal that I turn to powder in the food processor. We’ll get that chocolaty taste without the mess of shredding chocolate! Try it!!


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