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The Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

I finally got around to making the legendary $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies. You can read the urban legend story here.

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The truth is I didn’t care for having to grate a Hershey chocolate bar like the recipe states, so I coarsely chopped it instead.

From the 1st dozen

The verdict? It didn’t have that umph I was clearly expecting. A little bit more vanilla would do wonders. Perhaps a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg too.

From the 2nd dozen
I didn’t use the flash hence the bluish background

The world’s a better place with cookies

The Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups cooking oats (not instant), finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz Hershey bar, grated– I coarsely chopped it
  • 12 oz (or 2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional


  • Soften butter by letting it stand for 30-45 minutes at room temperature OR cut into chunks and allow to stand for 15 minutes at room temperature
  • Measure 2 1/2 cups uncooked oats, then process in a blender or food processor until finely ground
  • Grate Hershey bar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients. Stir in the Hershey bar and chocolate chips. Add nuts, if desired.
  4. Drop large spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on bottom. (I baked mine a little longer). Cool slightly before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. TIP: Remove from oven while they still look undercooked; they will firm up as they cool.

Note: I like using insulated cookie sheets for baking cookies.

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4 comments for “The Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe”

  1. […] Yummies 4 Tummies | The Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe […]

    1 Posted by Yummies 4 Tummies :-) | The Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe | | January 15, 2009, 12:40 am
  2. Oh Yummmmm. 🙂
    I have heard about these cookies for years. I am going to copy the recipe and try em myself.
    Thanks for the inspiration and pics….now I am in the mood for cookie goodness, lol.

    2 Posted by Danielle | January 15, 2009, 7:07 am
  3. This isn’t the recipe from the Niemen Marcus website ???

    Wounds good nevertheless.

    3 Posted by Gimme cookies | August 11, 2010, 10:10 am
  4. @Gimme cookies: This is the recipe that circulated with the urban myth and that really had nothing to do with Neiman Marcus. Neiman Marcus developed a cookie recipe of its own after the urban myth was spread far and wide. That’s the one on their website.

    4 Posted by RobinG | October 23, 2010, 6:58 pm

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