Not-The-Neiman-Marcus Cookie

Too bad the deadline for the Nestle Toll House Tales contest has passed, because I finally came up with a cookie and story.

Not the Neiman Marcus Cookie

I was going to write that this cookie was inspired by a recipe I received years ago from a waitress in the Neiman Marcus tea room — a recipe I unknowingly paid $250 for, and thus vowed to share with the world as retribution for being duped. I haven’t fleshed out the entire “tale” quite yet, but I’d probably go on to add that the original recipe was made with ground oatmeal and grated milk chocolate, but that I decided to swap out the grated chocolate for ground Nestle Toll House Butterscotch Morsels, resulting in a cookie that was fat, crumbly, and had a faint taste of butterscotch. And because I’d have creative license, I’d add that Neiman Marcus heard about my new version of the recipe and offered $250 for me to give it back!! No make that $250,000! And I refused and said “No, I’m sharing this new variation for FREE! With the WORLD! Take that, Neiman Marcus!”

So that’s my tale, but the deadline has passed. Plus it was called Nestle Toll House Tales not Nestle Toll House Tall Tales.  Maybe next time they’ll do throw a contest where we can all just make up stories.

At least this recipe is for real.   I actually made the old urban legend recipe, but used 4 ounces of ground butterscotch morsels in place of grated milk chocolate.  I also toasted the oats and walnuts, then threw in a few fall colored M&Ms, since M&Ms make everything better.

Not-The-Neiman-Marcus Cookie
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Recipe similar to the old Neiman Marcus urban legend cookie
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 32
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2/3 cup (4 ounces) butterscotch morsels
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  1. Spread the oats on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F. for about 8 minutes or until toasted. Repeat with the walnuts, baking for 7 minutes or until toasted. Let oats and nuts cool completely.
  2. Raise the oven's heat to 375 degrees F.
  3. Grind the oats in a food processor blender and chop the nuts. Grind the butterscotch morsels.
  4. In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add both sugars and continue beating until creamy. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce speed to medium low and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the baking soda and baking powder.
  5. When completely mixed, add the flour gradually, stirring by hand, until incorporated. Stir in the ground oats, chopped nuts and ground butterscotch morsels.
  6. Divide the dough into 32 even sections and roll into balls. At this point, you can bake the cookies right away, or put the shaped balls into a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.
  7. Arrange about 8 dough balls on a large, ungreased cookie sheet. Press down slightly to make circles.
  8. Bake one center rack at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies appear set and light brown around the edges. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack and let cool completely.
These taste best when completely cooled and set.

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  1. Jennifer J-W says

    Anna, you crack me up. Keep up the experimenting. I likely won’t make these, as I’m not fond of butterscotch chips… wait-I SHOULD make these, then I might actually lose weight in my work’s biggest loser program.

  2. says

    Oddly enough, there are two Neiman Marcus CCC recipes in circulation–one with ground oats and a grated chocolate bar, the other without oats and espresso powder or coffee. It’s funny how the urban legend became such a game of telephone it spawned not one but two recipes.

    The cookies look wonderful–I loved the cracked colored chips! They look ready to be bitten into!

  3. says

    Love the tall tale! Brilliant! And what a fun, smart, change-it-up idea to use chopped up butterscotch chips. Man, I think with ideas like these you could win a million bucks or something. Wait…….


  4. says

    That made me chuckle. I love a good urban legend. I think your “tale” is a winner! I haven’t commented in a while, but I’ve been meaning to congratulate you on your book! I don’t buy a lot of cookbooks these days, but there is absolutely no question that I will be getting it. So exciting!!!!

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