Thursday, January 3, 2013

RecipeTime - Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies (My Way!)

Neiman Marcus cookie baking from start to finish!
As a kid I received a binder from my grandmother that had her favorite recipes typed up for us to try out. Since my American last name via my mother is Baker, I seriously believed as a child it was my duty to embrace and master baking. All through my teenage years I spent numerous hours in the kitchen baking these cookies here, as well as snowballs, coffee cake and banana cake - my top four faves! Of the many chocolate chip cookie recipes I tried over the years this remains my favorite. I love the mythical story which accompanies the recipe (more below), combining a fashion mecca aka Neiman Marcus, baking & the spirit of giving!

Fast forward many years later I decided to re-embrace the baking hobby and gift myself with a Kitchen-Aid Mixer! So, on Tuesday January 1st, 2013 I baked these delicious oatmeal, chocolate chip & walnut cookies. Two days later there are none left, consider this a tried a true testament to how good they are!

HAPPY BAKING!




Ingredients:
1 cup Unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar 
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
12 ounces chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Parchment paper

Directions:
  1. Cream the butter and both sugars. (leave butter out for a few hours to soften prior to baking)
  2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda.
  4. Add chocolate chips and nuts.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls and place 2-inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes at 375° or until golden.
Modified Recipe - original can be found at Food.com

Tips:
  • Oatmeal does not need to be blended
  • As read above - walnuts are my preferred nut choice for this recipe but any nuts can be used
  • Variations of this recipe call for grated Hershey's chocolate bar or 1/2 cup of espresso (its your call!)

The Story:
 A woman and her daughter had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a small dessert. Because her family was had such a love for cookies they decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus Cookie." It was so excellent that the customer asked if NM would share the recipe, and the waitress said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not." The customer then asked if she could buy the recipe. With a cute smile, the waitress replied, "yes" and said the recipe would cost "two fifty." The customer requested that it be added to her tab.
Thirty days later, the customer received her credit card statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was $285.00. She had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf, but noticed that at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe - $250.00." The customer was upset and called Neiman's Accounting Department stating that the waitress said the recipe was "two fifty," and not $250.00. She asked them to take back the recipe and reduce the bill. The Accounting Department said they were sorry for the inconvenience but that the customer’s bill would remain as charged because they wanted the recipe to be something that was special and not afforded by all.
The woman decided to share the cookie recipe with the world so that no one would ever have to pay $250.00.

Story via Neiman Marcus


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