Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Yummy One! Neiman Marcus Cookies


When decent people get screwed over, this is the result!

My daughter and I had just finish a salad at a Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas and we decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman Marcus cookie." It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe, and the waitress said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not, but you can buy The Recipe." Well, I asked how much, and she responded "Only two fifty - it's a great deal!" I agreed to that, and told her to just add it to my tab.

30 days later, I received my VISA statement, and the Naiman Marcus charge was $285.00! I looked again, and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe - $250.00." That was outrageous! I called Neiman's Accounting Department and told them the waitress said it was "two-fifty", which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars' by any reasonable interpretation of the phrase.

Neiman Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money because, according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money at this point." I explained to the Accounting Department lady the criminal statutes which govern fraud in the State of Texas. I threatened to report them to the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney General's office for engaging in fraud.

I was basically told, "Do what you want. Don't bother thinking of how you can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of your money back." I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to have $250 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the world has a $250 cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus...for free! She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, perhaps you should've thought of that before you ripped me off!" and slammed down the phone.

So here it is! And please feel free to forward to all the cookie lovers you know.

Neiman Marcus Cookies (recipe may be halved)

2 cups Butter
24 oz. Chocolate Chips
4 cups Flour
2 cups Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 cups Sugar
1 - 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups Blended Oatmeal
4 Eggs
2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups Chopped Nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts.

Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Makes 112 cookies.

Enjoy! And please note, this is not my personal story. I'm just passing it on because we all deserve a $250.00 cookie (recipe). LOL!


The Smith Boys said...

I LOVE this and I can't wait to make these cookies! Thanks for sharing...and I just might steal it...that is, I ever post anything to my blog again. Ha! Thanks Sarah!

Karin said...

Although a great recipe, it is a totally made up story!

Anonymous said...

Good story but I don't think it's true!

Anonymous said...

I have this recipe! I love the blended oatmeal and now add it to my other cookies, too. The story is an urban legend though isn't it? I thought that's what I read at

Anonymous said...

Did you really think that was true? That story has been around for 50 years!

Anonymous said...

Here's the rest of the story:

And the new Neiman Marcus cookie recipe (made in response to the legend):

Both recipes are great!

The Pitter Patter Boutique said...

It's all in fun. What do I care, it's a God damn cookie!

Hope Chella said...

These are sooooo delicious!!!!

The Pitter Patter Boutique said...

Has anyone ever made a vanilla version? My hubby doesn't like chocolate and I was thinking of tweaking the recipe so he can try them. :)