If you heard a recipe was $250, would wonder how great it truly is? Would you think that the ingredients were extremely expensive or that it was a heavily guarded recipe? The Neiman Marcus cookie recipe rumor says that someone asked for the recipe and was told they’d need to pay $250 in order to get it. $250. That’s a car payment, a good purse, a Nintendo DS, a month’s worth of groceries for some. And this was for a cookie recipe. Maybe it’s just a rumor or it could have been a joke, but these cookies are definitely an excellent recipe for parties or just treating yourself for a hard week of work. For other cookie recipes, check out this Ginger Cookie recipe.

Luckily, chefs and experimenters have cracked the code on this recipe and the rest of us can make the cookies for free (or almost free after you factor in the cost of the ingredients). But I have to warn you…these cookies are like crack. I just finished baking them and I’ve already eaten 4 and I just had a full dinner. They’re not too sugary, they have an amazing texture, they explode with chocolate, and they’re light and fluffy. What more could you want in a cookie?

This recipe comes to you from one of my favorite baking sites (www.browneyedbaker.com). She has amazing recipes including her waffle recipe that I love and use almost every weekend. 


Neiman Marcus Cookies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 2 ½ cups oats
  2. 2 cups AP (all-purpose) flour
  3. 1 TS (Teaspoon) baking powder
  4. 1 TS baking soda
  5. ½ TS salt
  6. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
  7. 1 cup granulated sugar
  8. 1 cup brown sugar
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 TS vanilla
  11. 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  12. 4 ounces milk chocolate chips
  13. 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Blend the oats in a food processor until they have created a fine powder
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oat powder with the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  5. In a large bowl or an electric mixer bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy
  6. Scrap down the sides and beat in the eggs one at a time
  7. Add the vanilla to the mixture and beat until it is fully incorporated
  8. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture until it is all incorporated but do not over mix
  9. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts with a spatula
  10. Create 2 ounce balls from the dough and place them on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart
  11. Bake in the oven for about 10-14 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are lightly browned
  12. Allow the cookies to cool for about 2-3 minutes on a cooling rack
  13. Be extremely happy you can enjoy these cookies (they’re like crack) for much less than $250 for the recipe
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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I am in deep-fried love with food and travel. With Italian roots, I have a weakness for bread, marinara, and mozzarella. I’ll try anything once and am constantly searching for intriguing places to visit. When I'm not savoring the last bite or organizing my next trip, I'm indulging my inner bookworm and writing about my adventures. If you turn on college football and give me a local craft beer, you’ll see the happiest Hokie on the West coast.
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6 Responses

  1. Irene

    This is not the Nieman Marcus recipe. It is ,however, available on their website for free.

  2. Tim

    You might be surprised to learn that Nieman Marcus didn’t even sell cookies until well after the urban legend about the $250 recipe was so widely circulated (by fax!) that they got so many inquiries about it.


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