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Oct 15, 2003 10:22 AM

Neiman-Marcus cookie story

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(Yes, yes, I know the story is bogus, but hey, it comes with a recipe!)

Has anyone ever made the cookies that come with this story/e-mail. I just got it again...(you can always tell when someone gets their first e-mail account)and for the first time checked out the recipe.

Seems pretty standard, but perhaps worth it?

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  1. I have always enjoyed the results of this recipe. I don't bother with the grated chocolate. The blended oatmeal is key, as is figuring out whether you blend or measure first (I think it's measure the three cups or whatever it is, then blend - it loses lots of volume when it's blended and 3 cups of blended oatmeal makes a dry dense cookie). I also bake for one minute less than specified.

    I just found a very similar recipe but in smaller quantity in the Joy of Cooking. However the results were not as good. I don't have the "Neiman Marcus" recipe around to compare exact proportions.

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    1. re: julesrules

      I agree that the blended oatmeal makes this a great cookie recipe. It also helps to clear out the candy dish. I buy the hershey's miniatures variety pack and the plain ones are always the last ones left.

      1. re: julesrules

        I agree, the blended oatmeal is key, and it actually does make a delicious cookie, always a favorite with recipients.


      2. I think I first encountered the cookie story about ten years ago.

        Neiman Marcus prints the recipe on their website.


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        1. re: Sharuf

          Only problem is that that recipe does not have blended oatmeal...


        2. I made the cookies once (years ago so I can't remember specific comments about the recipe) and thought they were fantastic. I remember that it was a long process, but the results were well worth it. Thanks for the reminder. I'll make them again soon.

          1. The real recipe can be found online (for free) at It is also in their cookbook and on the sides of the tins that are sometimes used in the epicure department. The real recipe can uses espresso. I have also made the "chain mail" recipe many times using the ground oatmeal, and it is NEVER dry. I enjoy cooking and bake a lot for fundraisers and other school/church/club activities for my child. I live in Dallas and shop at Neiman's on a more-than-regular basis and always get a cookie from the cafe because they are so big the whole family can share one. I also buy the tins of cookies for gifts; however, when baking, I usually prefer the urban legend recipe over the real one. They are my favorite cookies, and (once again), they are NEVER dry. They are much better than Toll House or any other chocolate chip recipe I have ever made or tried.

            1. I have had this recipe for years and had not made it for quite a while. Decided to research the recipe's origins online today and found tons of "hoax" links, but none except yours that claim what I already know - THIS IS A GREAT COOKIE RECIPE!! I encourage everyone to try it. i have a very old oatmeal recipe from a friend's great grandmother that also blends the oatmeal, it is definitely the key to these delicious cookies. Rolling up my sleeves and making them Right Now! Also noticed the recipe for Neiman Marcus Cookies on thier website is not the same as the e-mail hoax recipe (no oatmeal)