Not the Neiman Marcus Cookie
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Recipe similar to the old Neiman Marcus urban legend cookie. The actual Neiman Marcus cookie is different than this one, but this is the one associated with the myth.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces of grated milk chocolate
  • 2 1/2 cups ground oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Thoroughly mix together flour, soda, salt and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce speed to medium low and beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  5. When completely mixed, add the flour mixture gradually until incorporated. Stir in the ground oats, chopped nuts and Hershey bar and chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop the dough up with a 1/4 cup measure and shape into balls. You should get about 48. For smaller cookies, divide the balls in half to make 96 or just scoop heaping tablespoons of dough. 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. For large cookies, arrange about 8 dough balls on a large, ungreased or foil lined cookie sheet. Press down slightly to make circles.
  8. Bake on center rack at 375 for 12 to 15 minutes (time will vary depending on size and how cold your dough balls are) 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. Recipe makes about 63 ounces of dough. Can be halved or quartered easily.

If you use 1/4 cup measure for the dough balls, you'll get about 24 large cookies.
If you use 2 tablespoons (or generously heaping) size mounds, you'll get about 48 cookies.

For mini size cookies, make 24 large balls using the 1/4 cup measure, then divide each of those balls into about 8 very small marble size balls. Bake the marble size balls at 300 degrees (low heat -- not the 375) for 18 to 22 minutes or until they are set. Let cool at room temperature. Store in the freezer.
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