"NEIMAN MARCUS" $250 CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (Adapted from Neiman Marcus)

So, the story behind these cookies is apparently an urban myth, but the story is that a woman came into a Neiman Marcus cafe, and she loved the cookie so much that she asked if she could have the recipe.  The waitress told her that she could, for “TWO FIFTY”- and the woman thought she meant $2.50.  The waitress then gave the woman the recipe, and later the woman got her credit card bill and had been charged $250.00.  She supposedly was incensed at the charge so she distributed the recipe around as much as she could.

Neiman Marcus has squashed the tale and has the cookie recipe in their cookbook, but the name $250 chocolate chip cookie has stuck.  But – – – that are really really great!  Check the quantity of ingredients though before you make these – they make a lot!  You can always cut the recipe in half like I’m doing here.   ***Side note: this cookie dough is THE best there is!  I mean, IF you like that sorta thing…;)

This recipe feeds a crowd!  It usually makes about 60 cookies, so if you don’t need that many, cut the recipe in half.

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups oatmeal, ground in a blender or food processor
24 ounces good chocolate chips
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 (8 ounce) good quality milk chocolate bar (grated)
4 large eggs
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups chopped pecans or walnuts

Measure 5 cups oatmeal and blend in a food processor to a fine powder.

Cream the butter and 2 cups sugar and 2 cups brown sugar.

Add 4 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla.

Mix together with 4 cups flour, the oatmeal, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder and 2 tsp baking soda.

Add chocolate chips, grated milk chocolate bar and nuts.  Mixture will be very dense.

Roll into 1 inch balls, and place 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F or until golden.  They freeze beautifully.


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