Special offer

Neiman Marcus Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC BK659279 

Neiman Marcus Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

The history behind Neiman Marcus's famous chocolate chip cookies is a tale of culinary legend. According to popular lore, the recipe for these delectable treats was once sold by the upscale department store for an exorbitant sum, leading to a public outcry and the subsequent sharing of the recipe far and wide.

As the story goes, a customer dining at the Neiman Marcus café in Dallas, Texas, enjoyed the cookies so much that she asked her server for the recipe. The server obliged but informed the customer that it would cost "two-fifty." Assuming the price was $2.50, the customer agreed to the charge, only to later discover that she had been billed $250 instead.

Outraged by the perceived deception, the customer decided to share the recipe with as many people as possible, spreading it via email and word of mouth. Thus, the recipe for Neiman Marcus's famous chocolate chip cookies became a beloved staple in kitchens across the country.

While the authenticity of this story has been called into question over the years, the allure of the recipe remains undeniable. Whether enjoyed as a decadent treat or shared among friends and family, these iconic cookies continue to bring joy to all who taste them, earning their place in the annals of culinary history.

Here is the beloved recipe:

- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)



1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well combined.

5. Fold in the semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts (if using) until evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough.

6. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each cookie to allow for spreading during baking.

7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

8. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

9. Enjoy these delicious Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk or your favorite hot beverage!


Posted by

Joyce Marsh Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist   Joyce Marsh Institute for Luxury Home Marketing Member     Joyce Marsh Million Dollar Guild Member Institute Luxury Home Marketing  Joyce Marsh 5 Star AgentDupont Registry Elite Agent


Joyce Marsh, Broker/Owner

Joyce Marsh Real Estate Company

386-299-8291   JoyceMarshHomes@gmail.com


Copyright 2008-2024 by Joyce Marsh.  All Rights Reserved.  Information from sources deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Nothing contained herein to be considered legal advice, please consult your Attorney for advice. 

Comments (17)

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Joyce Marsh thank you for sharing delicious Neiman Marcus Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. 

Feb 24, 2024 03:04 PM
Joyce Marsh

John Pusa Thank you!

Feb 26, 2024 11:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joyce, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, and haven't ever had one from Neiman Marcus, but will try these, thanks!

Feb 24, 2024 03:09 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joyce Marsh - I am not a native Texan; however, I have heard this story before. It is a great story to share. 

Feb 24, 2024 05:32 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Joyce--- did someone mention cookies?  I'm really for a taste testing.   🍪😎🍪

Feb 24, 2024 06:18 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those cookies look and sound delicious, I have never had the pleasure of trying them, haha.  I have heard that store referred to as needless markup and I have never purchased anything from there.

Feb 25, 2024 04:35 AM
Joyce Marsh

Brian England Well I have shopped there and happen to love the store.  I'm sorry that they are having financial difficulties as other large department stores are experiencing.

Feb 26, 2024 11:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joyce. While I have never had on of these famous cookies, sounds like I would have a lot once the baking is done. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Feb 25, 2024 04:36 AM
Joyce Marsh

Wayne Martin I'm afraid that many people would have the same dilemma.  Let me know if you try to recipe.

Feb 26, 2024 11:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yum Joyce, now I love to have one of these but I just made a chocolate cake yesterday and it  was so good.


Feb 25, 2024 09:19 AM
Joyce Marsh

Will Hamm I bet your chocolate cake was delicious.  I'll take chocolate almost any way.  

Feb 26, 2024 11:51 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joyce,

I've heard this story and have to admit can see it happening! LOL! Regardless I have had their chocolate chip cookies and they are indeed delicious. I didn't have the recipe so thank you for sharing it with us to make!

Feb 25, 2024 09:58 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Joyce Marsh I have never had a Neiman Marcus's chocolate chip cookie, but they look amazing.

Feb 25, 2024 12:06 PM
Joyce Marsh

George Souto They are amazing.  If you like chocolate chip cookies these are one of the best I've ever tasted.

Feb 26, 2024 11:54 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Top of the morning Joyce.  Don't know if the story will make the cookies any better or not but certainly going to take a couple of runs at the recipe.  lol   Mark

Feb 26, 2024 08:57 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Joan Cox This cookies apparently are legendary and how can you go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie!

Feb 26, 2024 11:43 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I think it is a great story to share.  It's always nice to know a little more about the history of something and even more so when it comes to food or a recipe. Let me know if you try them.

Feb 26, 2024 11:45 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Michael Jacobs I take it you like cookies?? Me too.  What's not to love about a chocolate chip cookie, and these are legendary.

Feb 26, 2024 11:47 AM
Michael Jacobs

Any cookie offer seems difficult to refuse.  Willpower...  

Feb 27, 2024 04:37 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I'm happy that you have had these delicious cookies and happy to share the recipe.  It's definitely a cute story nonetheless.  

Feb 26, 2024 11:52 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho Oh that's great!  let me know how they turn out and how you like them.  Happy baking!

Feb 26, 2024 11:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. I wish I could reblog your post.

Feb 27, 2024 07:39 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I was always partial to the strawberry puff muffins in the Neiman Marcus Zodiac cafes!!!!

Mar 01, 2024 12:16 AM