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So we've all heard some really unsavory stories and urban legends about food. I heard about the $200 Neiman Marcus cookie recipe awhile ago and forgot about it until I picked up a book on UL's and also discovered a $300 Red Velvet Cake recipe from the Waldorf Astoria. Whether or not these companies actually charge for these recipes, I don't know, but it was fun to come across these recipes.

The Neiman Marcus cookie:

2 c butter
4 c flour
2 t club soda (yes, club soda and not baking soda)
5 c oatmeal
3 c chopped nuts ( your choice)
2 c brown sugar
1 t salt
1-8 oz Hershey bar, finely chopped
4 eggs
2 t baking powder
2 t vanilla
2 c granulated sugar
24 oz chocolate chips
Pulse oatmeal in blender until fine. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, then add flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda to blend. Add both chocolates and nuts. Scoop and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Should make 112 cookies.

The Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake:

1/2 c shortening
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 oz red food coloring
2 T cocoa powder
1 t salt
1 t vanilla
1 c buttermilk
2 1/4 c sifted cake flour
1 T vinegar
1 t baking soda

Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Make paste with coloring and cocoa powder and add to batter. Add salt and vanilla and then alternate buttemilk and flour. Combine vinegar and soda then fold in. Bake in two 9 inch pans at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

icing:
5 T flour
1 c milk
1 c sugar
1 c butter
1 t vanilla

Cook flour and milk until thick, stirring constantly. Let cool to room temp. Cream sugar, butter and vanilla, then add flour mixture. Beat until fluffy and speadable.

Enjoy everyone!

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  1. In the Boston area, it's the Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffin, which was sold at the defunct department stores (bought out by Macy's) which, oddly considering the type of store, had bakery departments. There are many recipes claiming to be the real McCoy, but the legend persists that it is a secret known to only a few of their staffers.

    1. "1-8 oz Hershey bar, finely chopped"

      LMAO, for £200, you'd have thought they'd use real chocolate!

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      1. re: Soop

        Lol, yes, you would think, legend has it as a woman asks a clerk for the recipe and the clerk said it was a steal at two fifty...the woman bought the recipe thinking she meant $2.50

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