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Neiman-Marcus $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie

The story of the $250 Cookie Recipe:

This is qouted from an email I received:

My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the Neiman-Marcus Cookie.

(Note: Neiman's is a VERY EXPENSIVE department store).

It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not".

"Well", I said, "would you let me buy the recipe?"

With a cute smile, she said, "Yes."

I asked how much, and she responded, "Only two fifty, it's a great deal!"

I said with approval, "Just add it to my tab. "Thirty days later, I received my statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe $250.00." That's outrageous!

I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was "two-fifty," which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase. Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.

They would NOT refund my money, because according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe we absolutely will not refund your money at this point."

I explained to her the criminal statutes that govern fraud in Texas, I threatened to report them to the Better Business Bureau and the State's Attorney General for engaging in fraud.

I was basically told, "Do what you want, we don't give a darn, and we're not refunding your money." I waited, thinking of how I could get even, or even try and get any of the money back. I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun."

I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail address has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus ... for free.

She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, you should have thought of that before you ripped me off," and slammed down the phone on her.

So, here it is! Please pass it on to EVERYONE you can possibly think of. I paid $250 dollars for this ... I don't want Neiman-Marcus to ever get another penny off of this recipe ...

P.S. This is a fun story, but most probably not true. A reader advised that this is a hoax. Read more about it at the link below. Nonetheless, the cookie is very good! So, enjoy!


Neiman-Marcus $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe follows:


2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. Soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice).


Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda.
Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Serving Size:

Makes 112 cookies.

Variations and Tips:

The recipe may be halved.

Enjoy cooking the most expensive cookie in the world!