The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies Recipe {Urban Legend}

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$250 Neiman Marcus Cookies


$250 Neiman Marcus Cookies?  Seriously?

There’s been an urban legend going around for as long as I can remember.  A woman and her daughter were eating lunch at a Neiman-Marcus in Texas, and ate the most remarkable chocolate chip cookie.  It was so good, she asked for the recipe, which the worker agreed to give to her for “two-fifty”.  Later in the month, she received a credit card bill for $250.  To get back at the store, the woman spread the recipe far and wide.  Well, I did some checking and according to, the whole story is just that, a story.  The first version of it that has been found dates back to 1948, when the recipe was for a $25 fudge cake.  So, while the story behind the recipe may not be true, the $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies are well worth the time and effort.  The smiles you get will be amazing.

What Sets Apart $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies

$250 Neiman Marcus Cookies Chocolate Bar

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There are a couple of things that seem to set $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies apart from the rest.  The first is the usage of oats, ground into oat flour using a food processor or blender.  I don’t have any other recipes that require ground oats.  The second is the chocolate.  The original recipe calls for 1 package of semisweet chocolate chips, and a 4 ounce candy bar, broken into pieces.  I changed it up slightly with ½ package of semisweet chips and ½ package dark chocolate chunks.  I love the combination, and like my chocolate a little darker.  I still used the 4 ounce candy bar though for a little lighter flavor.


The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe {Urban Legend}

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe {Urban Legend}


  • 3 C old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 C flour
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 C Butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • ½ 12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ 10 oz bag dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 3.5 oz bar milk chocolate, chopped roughly


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the oats in a blender or food processor. Pulse until a fine powder. Measure out 2 ½ C of ground oats and discard the rest.
  3. Place the oats in a large measuring cup or bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Mix well.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the Crisco and sugars.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla extract.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  7. Add the chocolate and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
  8. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes, until cookies are golden brown.
  10. Remove to paper towels to cool.
  11. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Uses for $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies

Besides just for eating, $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies freeze well, travel well, and make an amazing addition to bake sales and cookie walks, which, let’s face it, aren’t that far off with school starting up around the corner.  $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies also make a great treat in a lunch box for a special occasion, atta-girl, or just because.  Send a little note attached to the baggie and let your little one know how much they are loved.  You don’t have to pay $250 for them, but $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies taste like you did!


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  1. My dad used to make these when I was a kid. They’re so delicious! Guess what I’ll be baking this weekend? Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  2. These are great cookies that need to be in my cookie jar. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Michelle says:

    I’d forgotten all about that story!

  4. This has been my #1 Chocolate chip cookie recipe for a long time now they are the best!

  5. Your chocolate chip cookies look wonderful! I have heard the story before, but I love how you’ve switched the recipe up with the different kinds of chocolate. There’s something wonderful about the contrast of milk, dark and semi sweet chocolate. And I like the idea of giving the cookies as a gift – there’s something really special about being given a homemade treat.

  6. Wow this is a great recipe. I’m going to try these for sure.

  7. Ha! I’ve never heard that story before!!!! I’ve been wanting to try these cookies, they look really good! Now I’ll really have to give them a try! :)

  8. I remember hearing this story for years – too funny! Pinned to try these yummy cookies later on!



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