Neiman Marcus Cookies and An Urban Legend

neimantThese cookies have always been one of my mom’s best hits in the sweets department.

Why is it called the Neiman Marcus cookie? An Urban Legend

Some of you might recognize it as the $250 Cookie.  This recipe was subject to some well traveled rumors.  I’ve been asked why they were called Neiman Marcus cookies a few times.  Well, my brief research brought me to a story of a lady who requested the recipe from the Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas and was reportedly charged $250 for the recipe.  The woman thought she was being charged two-fifty, as in $2.50.  Outraged, by such an inflated fee she took to spreading the recipe for free to as many people as should could.  This story, according to my limited research has been circulating for several decades, even with different recipes and restaurants at the heart of it.  Here is just one of the sites I found http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/fooddrink/a/cookie_recipe.htm.

Though it is an urban legend, it’s crazy how quickly guys and gals can spread around such a delicious recipe.  🙂

I have had trouble finding out who truly created this recipe, but I know one thing for sure, it certainly tastes like $250 cookie.

Warning, this makes a TON of cookies!  🙂

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NEIMAN MARCUS COOKIES

  • Servings: 3 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cup quick oatmeal (chopped finely in food processor)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz Hershey bar, grated
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  • Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Mix in dry ingredients until full combined.
  • Add in chocolate and pecans.
  • Drop by the spoon two inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 375*F for 6-8 minutes.

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The Liebster Award

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Each nominee must have under 200 followers.
Thank and link to the nominating blog.
Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees.
Nominate a few blogs and tell them that they’ve been nominated.
Write a post containing the questions.
Include these rules in the post.

I was nominated for The Liebster Award by https://lostinthebermudatriangle.wordpress.com/.  Thank you my dear for your nomination! 🙂  I’m still a newbie to blogging!  It’s been great fun so far!

Here are the questions I was asked:

1) The world would end in exactly 10 mins. You have time for 3 phone calls. Who do you call?

Mom, Dad, Husband

2) There are 7 visible colors in a rainbow. If you had to eliminate one color, which one would it be?

Considering we can still make more colors with the 3 primary colors I would get rid of orange.  🙂  This might be cheating…lol

3) You have died and are standing at the reincarnation station. Unfortunately, there are only 2 options available today. To be Poor, Homeless and Wise or extremely Rich, Powerful and Stupid. Which one will you choose?

Poor and wise.

4) Which scenario best suits you? A Cabana on the pristine secluded beach or a Penthouse apartment in a giant metropolis.

Definitely the beach.  I love being outside in open spaces!  

5) Imagine for an instance you are Noah, with only room for one more pair of species. But in the confusion you have forgotten to include dogs and cats, which do you let in?

DOGS DOGS DOGS DOGS DOGS!!! Without question!

6) Which do you prefer? A mediocre T-Bone Steak with all the trimmings or an amazing Hot Dog with French Fries.

Hot Dog all the way!  You just can’t beat a classic hot dog sometimes.  For me this is a very nostalgic food!

7) Which of the following best describe your character? Aung San Suu Kyi, Vladimir Putin, The Dalai Lama or Homer Simpson.

I’d say a mix between Dalai Lama and Homer Simpson.  

8) Earth is on a collision course with a massive asteroid. There is room for just one more volunteer for what is almost definitely a suicide mission to save the planet. Do you stay here and hope for the best or take charge of your own destiny?

I would probably go for it.

9) For some bizarre reason, the Government of your country decided to ration light bulbs. You are only allowed one per household. Which room gets the light?

The kitchen.

10) On the island of Bermuda there are 9 parishes. First is St. George which includes St. David’s (the very best part). There are 8 others whose name I don’t recall at this time. Which part is the best?

St. David’s?  Sadly, I’ve never been.

Here are my nominees:

https://ranchotreshermanas.wordpress.com/

https://easypeasypleasy.wordpress.com/

https://debralouisekoehler.wordpress.com/

Here are the questions I’m asking you:

1)  If you could own any type of farm in the world what kind would it be?  Chickens, corn, vineyard, etc.

2)  Would you rather have the gift of breathing underwater or flying?

3)  What would your last meal be?

4)  What is something you have always wanted to learn how to cook or prepare in the kitchen but haven’t?

5)  If you could have 1 exotic animal as a pet what would it be?  What would you name it?

6)  Would you rather go on a 1 week safari in Africa or a 2 week ski trip in Colorado?

7)  What is your favorite feature about yourself?  Hair, sense of humor, etc.

8)  If you could change any major event in history would you do it?  If so, what would you change?

9)  Sweet or Unsweet cornbread?

10)  If your kitchen could talk, what would it tell you?

Chorizo Spinach Stuffed Portobello Caps with Gruyere

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Howdy gang!  Today, I’d like to share one of my kitchen home runs from last week.  The hubs is a huge fan of stuffed mushrooms and I felt like venturing beyond the ordinary dinner.  🙂  For the stuffing I chose Chorizo, Egg, and Spinach.  I was going for a breakfast themed mushroom and it totally worked.  For the cheese I chose a smoky Gruyere.  Yum!  If you like stuffed mushrooms I highly recommend trying this out for size!  🙂

CHORIZO SPINACH STUFFED PORTOBELLO CAPS WITH GRUYERE

Ingredients:

  • Chorizo, small package
  • 2 cups fresh Spinach, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 4 Portobello Mushroom Caps
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Gruyere cheese, grated

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Remove stem and gills from mushroom caps.  Wash caps and pat dry.
  • Brush a small amount of olive oil on each cap.
  • Lay each cap onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake caps gill side up in the oven for 12 minutes.  Pat dry after baking.
  • Cook the Chorizo in a skillet.
  • In another skillet cook the chopped spinach on low until wilted.
  • In four small bowls, divide the spinach, chopped garlic, and eggs.  Whisk vigorously to mix egg mixture.
  • Place about 3 tbsp of Chorizo in each mushroom cap.
  • Carefully pour in egg/spinach mix into each mushroom cap.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Top with grated Gruyere cheese.
  • Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until completely tender.
  • (Add extra grated Gruyere if you want to be bad) 🙂

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Oreo Chip Cheesecake

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In the mood for something decadent?  Oreo Chip Cheesecake might be just the thing for you!  I recently whipped up my own version of this delight and it was a success!

This past week was filled with beautifully sunny, blue skies and strong winds.  It was awesome!  I spent about 2 hours in the backyard each evening after work just enjoying the weather.  I also found time to plant my very first garden!  It is a small, modest garden, but it is allllllll mine!  🙂  I planted yellow and red bell peppers, cilantro, and some jalapenos!  I might add some more veggies within the next month but for now, I’m keeping it simple.  For now, I’m using round planters, but within the next month I should have a nice big off the ground elevated planter. 🙂  Anyone else starting their first garden this year?  Good luck to all other gardeners out there, new and experienced!

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Waddles running past the bell peppers. Hopefully he won’t eat them! lol

Anyways, here’s the recipe for some sinfully delicious Oreo Chip Cheesecake!

OREO CHIP CHEESECAKE

Ingredients:

  • 3 pk. of 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 18 Oreo cookies, chopped for crust
  • 9 Oreo cookies chopped for filling
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • Whipped Cream, optional

*I used Double Stuffed Oreo Cookies but you could use regular.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Lightly spray a 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray.

Using a food processor or bag/rolling pin, crush 18 Oreo cookies.  In a bowl mix the crushed Oreo cookies with melted butter.  Put crust batter into the bottom the springform pan.

Crush another 9 Oreo cookies, set aside for filling.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until fully combined.  Mix in 1 egg at a time.  Add in 2 tbsp chocolate chips.

Spoon in cream cheese mixture into the pan and use a spatula to smooth the top.

Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until the middle is set.

Let cheesecake cool, then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

Slice and add cool whip/chocolate chips!  Enjoy!

*If you have extra Oreo cookies you could crumble them on top! 🙂

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Mini Cheesecakes Topped with Fresh Berries

IMG_2174tNeed a treat to cool you down?  Try these mini cheesecakes!

Recently, I gave a kraftrecipes.com recipe a try with Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  On the site I found a recipe for mini cheese cakes!  How cute?!

These were a hit with my coworkers and friends!  This is definitely a Tried it, and Liked it recipe for me!  Try it out! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of crushed graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 packages of 8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1sp vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • Cool Whip
  • Fresh Berries

Original Directions:

Heat oven to 325°F.

Mix graham crumbs, 2 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin cups.

Beat cream cheese, vanilla and remaining sugar with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Spoon over crusts.

Bake 25 to 30 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours.

Top cold cheesecakes with Cool Whip and fresh berries!  Enjoy!

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