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Not the Neiman Marcus Cookie

Not the Neiman Marcus Cookies aka Urban Legend Cookies

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Chip Cookies, Neiman Marcus, Urban Legend
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 36
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • 2 ½ cups oats, quick or old fashioned (200 grams)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (260 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if using salted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (230 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar (200 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 3-4 oz finely grated milk chocolate
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. vanilla


  • Put the 2 ½ cups oats in the food processor and grind until you have a fine powder. Mix them with the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, then set aside. Note: If using the cinnamon, ahead and add it too.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until light and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended, scraping side of the bowl often.
  • Stir in the flour mixture, chocolate and nuts.
  • Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 60 small cookies, about 36 medium size cookies and 18 very large cookies. These seem to taste better when made as smaller cookies.


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.