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

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!  🙂



  • Servings: 3 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 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


  • 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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