The REAL Neiman Marcus Cookie


There are so many recipes floating around online that claim to be the world-famous Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie. Many of which are quite complex and labor intensive, and on the surface may be quite convincing. But, most of these complex cookie recipes are fakes, because the real Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe is very simple. Simple but delicious. Now, I realize some of you might not be familiar with the story of  how this false recipe was acquired then distributed so prolifically, so just in case, I will summarize…

A woman orders a chocolate chip cookie from Neiman Marcus and loves it so much she asks for the recipe. The cook tells her she can have the recipe for $250. She pays the hefty price but exacts her revenge by publishing the recipe and giving it away for free.

Well, sadly, that glamorous cookie story is just another urban legend. It never actually happened. However, the story, like many urban legends, really took off. I even remember when, as a teenager, my friend baked some cookies claiming they were the amazing Neiman Marcus cookies. She was feeling special that she had somehow gotten her hands on that special recipe. Hers was the labor intensive fake – might I add. They were nothing spectacular, so I quickly forgot about them. Then one day while searching the great electronic abyss, otherwise known as the internet, for a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I came across the actual Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe. It seems that Neiman Marcus got wind of the urban legend and didn’t like the bum rep they were getting. So they published their real chocolate chip cookie recipe for free, available for all, right there on their website. So I just couldn’t help it, I HAD to try these puppies! I’m so glad I did, because they are fantastic cookies. I think the search for the absolute perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe still continues, but these have been my go-to for years because they are the best I have found to date.

The Recipe:

1/2 Cup Butter (softened)

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3 T Granulated Sugar

1 Egg

1 3/4 Cup Flour

2 t Vanilla

1/2 t Baking Powder and Baking Soda

1/2 t Salt

1 1/2 t Instant Espresso Powder

1 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips



Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and espresso powder. Add dry ingredients and beat into butter mixture at low speed. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined. Drop cookies onto cookie sheet and gently press with back of spoon into 2″ circle. Bake 20 minutes. Underbake them slightly for extra soft cookies.


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