Girls Night In pt. 2: The $250.00 Cookie Recipe

As you will recall, yesterday I wrote about my girls night in with one of my besties, Jessica. 
We made a DELICIOUS Chicken and Gnocchi Soup with Spinach.  What I didn't tell you about was the scrumptious cookies we made! 

Now when we began making these cookies, I hadn't planned on blogging about it because it wasn't my recipe, but as we were baking, Jessica was telling me their name, and the story behind them. It is such a fantastic tale, that I have to share it with you!

While Jessica was creaming the butter and sugars...

And I was grating a Hershey Bar and

making oat flour,

Jessica begins her cookie tale!

Apparently this took place in a Niemen-Marcus, and the story goes as follows....

"My daughter & I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Café in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because our family are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus Cookie". It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and they 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, "Two fifty." I said with approval, just add it to my tab.

Thirty days later, I received my VISA 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." Boy, was I upset!! I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was "two fifty," and I did not realize she meant $250.00 for a cookie recipe. I asked them to take back the recipe and reduce my bill and they said they were sorry, but because all the recipes were this expensive so not just everyone could duplicate any of our bakery recipes....the bill would stand. I waited, thinking of how I could get even or even try and get any of my money back.

I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250.00 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 will have a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus for nothing. She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "I'm sorry but this is the only way I feel I could get even," and I will." 

Pretty neat huh!  I love when a recipe has a great story to go with it!

It was about this time that Jessica tried to pull the mixer out of the bowl and the dough was so thick that it ripped the beaters right out of the hand mixer!  *lol*  The timing couldn't have been perfect!

Well, we got everything mixed together,

Rolled the dough into golf ball sized balls, put them in the oven, and

Went in the living room to play video games while they baked. 

I asked Jessica, do you really think that story is real?  "I don't know." she said "But, the lady who gave the recipe to me assured me it was." 

I was about to argue it, but the timer went off, so I didn't. 

When I got home, I Googled it and found that MOST sources say that the story isn't true.  They say that it is simply an urban legend.
However, a few concur it's authenticity. 
All I know is that these were seriously some of THE BEST COOKIES I have ever tried!!! 

Whether this tale is true or a very compelling urban legand, one thing I can tell you is that Jessica and I had a great time cooking together, baking together, telling stories, laughing, and making memories.  Food did all of that for us!  So get together with your best friends, plan a girl's or guy's night in and let the menu work the magic! 

And in the event this story IS true....I am attaching that recipe!!  ;) 

As Always,

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,

~The Kitchen Wife~

$250.00 Cookie Recipe:
*Prep Time:  30 minutes  *Cook Time:  10 min.   *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings:  112 cookies
(Recipe can be halved)
  • 2 c. Butter, room temperature
  • 4 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 5 c. blended oatmeal **
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 8 oz. Hershey bar, grated***
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
** Measure oatmeal and then blend in a blender to a fine powder.
***Grate Hershey bar on your box grater, using the fine grate side.
  • 2 Large mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Box Grater
  • Blender
  • Rubber spatula
  • Mixer
  1. Pre-Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
  3. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix together.
  5. In a , separate bowl, combine the flour, blended oats, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  6. Add the dry ingredients, a cup at a time, to the wet, while mixing.
  7. Add the grated chocolate and mix.
  8. Add the chocolate chips.
  9. Using the rubber spatula , combine the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
  10. Roll into golf ball sized balls and place them about an inch apart an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  11. Bake in a preheated, 375 degree oven, for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, let cool, and ENJOY!

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