The Neiman Marcus Cookies

The story goes like this. A woman is shopping at Neiman Marcus and finds these delicious chocolate chip cookies. Thinking they’re only $2.50 she purchases them. She comes to find out that they are NOT $2.50 but rather $250. CRAZY, right?!?!

Whether it’s truth or legend, the story behind these cookies have spread far and wide. I first heard about these cookies from D’s mom (my future mother-in-law, if you will). I think it was around Christmas time and someone baked them. I say someone because I can’t recall if it was her, or D’s younger brother, or D’s older brother??? Memory escapes me. But I do remember them being super yummy. Essentially, they’re chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal to make them hearty and nutty.

There are many recipes out there of this legendary cookie. Just Google or search Pinterest and a bajillion of them will pop out. I use the NYT Cooking recipe for my batches.

The $250 Cookie Recipe By Barbara Whitaker
Printed by the New York Times Cooking section

YIELD About 55 cookies
TIME 45 minutes

Almost everybody has heard the one about the woman lunching at the Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas, who enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies so much that she asked for the recipe. For “only two-fifty,” the waitress said, it was hers. But when the credit card bill arrived, the woman found the total near $300. Turns out the recipe cost $250, the story goes. In 1997, after years of enduring the myth, Neiman Marcus came up with a recipe – and gave it out for free. It’s a delicious variation on chocolate chip cookies, using ground oatmeal, nuts and adding extra chocolate with a grated Hershey bar (you can use any brand you love).


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1⁄2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1 4-ounce milk chocolate bar
  • 1 1⁄2 cups chopped nuts


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter and both sugars. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Finely grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Combine the oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium bowl, and slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Beat just until combined. Grate chocolate bar using a microplane grater and add it, along with chocolate chips and nuts to the batter. Mix just to combine.
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

‘Til the next time.
– E