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Rita Heikenfeld's - Nieman Marcus Cookie Clone Recipe

Back in the 1990’s a woman lunching at Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas loved the chocolate chip cookies so much that she asked for the recipe. She was told it could be sold to her for “only two-fifty.” When the woman’s credit card bill came, the recipe cost $250 - as the tale is told. So much attention was drawn by the story that Neiman Marcus developed a chocolate chip cookie recipe and gave it out free. It makes a lot so you can share, or freeze to eat as the holidays progress.

$250 chocolate chip cookie recipe


1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

2-1/2 cups raw oatmeal

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon each: baking powder and soda

2 to 2-1/2 cups chocolate chips - I used 1 cup dark and 1 cup milk chocolate

1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped nuts (optional) - I used walnuts

1 milk chocolate bar, 4 oz, grated (optional) - I didn’t use


Preheat oven to 375.

Cream together butter and both sugars.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Finely grind oats in blender or food processor.

Whisk together oats, flour, salt, baking powder and soda.

Add slowly to butter mixture and beat just until combined.

Stir in chips, nuts and chocolate bar. Mix just to combine.

Drop by tablespoonfuls, about 2” apart, on sprayed or parchment lined cookie sheets.

Bake 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned but still a tiny bit soft. They will continue to bake a bit on the hot cookie sheets. (Mine took almost 15 minutes since I used a 1” cookie scoop).

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