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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Cookie
Calories: 175
Cook Time: 36 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.9 (13 reviews)
To dispel the urban legend of the $250 recipe, as told in the text of the infamous chain letter, Neiman Marcus created an actual recipe for chocolate chip cookies and displayed it on the Neiman Marcus Web site. Since I get so many request for that particular formula, and because I get even more e-mail copies of the bogus chain letter, I will post the real Neiman Marcus recipe here. Maybe this will help put an end to the myth.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee, slightly crushed
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

1. Cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy.

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract

3. Combine the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture.

4. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or 10-12 minutes for a crispier cookie.

Makes 15 large cookies.

Chain Letter Recipe, but scrumptious!
Submitted on: 01/16/14
I made the "original" chain letter recipe with ground oatmeal, but half the recipe for a church dinner last night, and they loved them! I wonder if that's how the Quaker oatmeal chocolate chip cookies taste?
Submitted on: 05/23/10
This is the best chocolate chip cookie ever! I always get compliments. I usually use half semi sweet chips and half white chocolate chips. I don't even waste my time using another recipe.
Submitted on: 01/11/10
These cookies were so good! They were such a hit at Christmas. I added white chocolate chips with the semi sweet. These were one of the best cookies I have made!
Submitted on: 12/03/08
This is by far THE BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe. The only thing I do differently is add milk chocolate chips instead of the semi sweet. I have to make a double batch every time I bake them otherwise they don't last 30 minutes out of the oven :)
Submitted on: 09/01/08
The best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever! I always get compliments on this one. My husband loves this and he is NOT a chocolate chip cookie lover.
Submitted on: 08/04/08
I am the absolute worst at making cookies. The dough always seems to slide off the pan in the oven or SOMETHING. However, these were PERFECT. I shared them with everybody that stepped into my house! I made sure to make them really big; small cookies would never last! I thought it was interesting that there was a lot of brown sugar instead of white sugar. AWESOME!
Submitted on: 10/26/06
I add white choc. chips and sometimes mac. nuts. I have already gotten requests for this year's Christmas parties and for charity bake sales.
Submitted on: 08/02/06
I have made this recipe for years. It is the best! However, I have made a few changes. I use 1 c. dark or double chocolate chips and 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips (Ghiradelli are the best!) People like the mix of chips. I don't like the taste of coffee, but I love these cookies!
Submitted on: 07/11/06
This recipe comes off so well my friends and family give me all the credit. But thanks so much for a perfect cookie! I cool the dough in the fridge for an hour, turn the heat down to 350, and cook a couple extra minutes, they come out nicely for me, a softer cookie.
Georgene A. Muxen  
Submitted on: 12/23/05
I have been baking for about 60 years. I love the chocolate chip cookies! I do like nuts as well as chocolate chips in them.
Submitted on: 12/09/05
I have made this before and everyone loves it. I rate it highly, since I am a baker (not professional) but for fun. I will continue to make this for parties, thanks.
Submitted on: 10/20/05
This recipe ROCKS!! As a self proclaimed cookie baking expert, I have to say that this cookie a dead on in taste and texture to the real thing!
Mary Ellen  
Submitted on: 08/29/05
Very much like a toll house cookie, however the addition of baking powder gives it more height. The instant coffee provides a nice aftertaste