Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

Did you hear the one about the (choose one) Neiman-Marcus, Mrs. Field’s etc. chocolate chip cookie recipe?

This story has been making the rounds for going on 5 years now, and shows no signs of dying down. It seems someone — usually a friend of a friend of the person telling the story — contacted some famous retailer, by phone (or at the store) for their “secret” chocolate chip cookie recipe. Told the charge would be “two-fifty,” this person said to charge it to their credit card. Later they discovered the actual charge was $250.00, and then and there they decided to “tell the world” the “secret” recipe, to get even.

Well, it’s a funny story, but completely untrue. Neiman-Marcus will gladly let you in on the secret of their chocolate chip cookies at no charge. One good thing has resulted from this story, however; the following chocolate chip cookie recipe. This version comes from Janet Matz of Norwich, Vermont, a good friend of King Arthur, who got it from “a friend of a co-worker of a friend.”

2 cups (1 pound) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups light brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups rolled oats
4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups chopped nuts
1 8-oz. semisweet chocolate bar, grated
2 bags (12 ounces each) chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a blender or food processor, grind oats until they’re a fine powder. Add oats, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda to butter/sugar mixture; mix well. Stir in nuts, grated chocolate and chips.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet (a medium-sized cookie scoop makes short order of this job). Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Makes approximately 12 dozen cookies.

NOTE: I make this recipe all the time, it’s AMAZINGLY DELISH!

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