Dispelling the Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe Myth!

Have you heard the one about the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe? You can rest easy it's only a myth

Several years ago, I received my first email about the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe. The hype started and has grown by leaps and bounds!

The Intriguing Story

Unless you've been living underground, you've probably heard of it too: a woman and her daughter visited the large department store Neiman Marcus and had an enjoyable meal.

They ordered cookies for dessert and enjoyed them so much they asked for the recipe, which they were told would cost "two fifty." They assumed that meant $2.50, but when they received their Visa Bill they were shocked to find that it meant two hundred and fifty dollars!

According to this urban legend, the woman in question took her revenge by spreading the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe far and wide. That'll teach 'em to rip off the little guy!
There's only one small problem with this story: there's not a speck of truth to it!

In fact, if you visit the Neiman Marcus website, you can download this infamous recipe for free. But what's better? The Neiman Marcus cookie recipe didn't even exist when this rumor got its start. They created the cookie to capitalize on the rumor itself!

If you start digging into the past, you'll find that as long as people have been baking cookies, this rumor has circulated -- not always about Neiman Marcus, but always a variation of ripping off the little guy. It would take an extreme chocolate lover indeed to pay $250 for a cookie recipe, no matter how good. Fortunately, you can try the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe for free.


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)
2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.
3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.
4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

So enjoy your free Neiman Marcus cookie recipe even without the taste of striking a blow against a mighty corporation.