Urban Legend or Legendary Recipe… you decide.
I pledged to bake cookies for the winner of an auction at our church. The money raised is going to help students go on mission trips. A great cause which I’ve embraced for three years now.
Before I could make a few cookie suggestions, Chuck, the eager auction winner, sent this recipe as a request for my first cookie “deposit.” The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is an urban legend that has been around for several decades. It’s similar to the Mrs. Field’s Cookie recipe which has also circled the globe.
I made the recipe exactly as is because it was a request, but anyone who follows this blog knows that it is nearly impossible for me to follow a recipe AS IS. And because there was so much batter, I eventually had to divide it into two bowls, so I used different chips in half. A few additional suggestions follow the recipe below.
Nieman Marcus Cookies – original recipe
Makes 10 dozen (no kidding!)
2 c butter
2 c sugar
2 c brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
4 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
5 c blended oatmeal
1 8-oz Hershey bar (grated)
3 c chopped nuts
24 oz chocolate chips (You may want to divide the batter and use different chips in each half. Pictured are one batch wtih semi sweet chips and one with dark chocolate and mint chips.)
Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.
Cream butter and both sugars.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda.
Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts.
Roll into balls and place 2 in apart on a cookie sheet. (I used a 1 TBS scoop.)
Bake at 375 for 10 min.
Makes 112 cookies.
Recipe may be halved.
The cookies were delicious, but naturally I have several opinions about them which you may want to consider.
Nana Clare’s Notes:1. They suggest that you might want to cut the recipe in half. Might? This makes 10 dozen, so unless you have a crowd of cooie monsters at the ready, do consider halving it. Or make the batter and freeze in balls. Then bake as you desire, a few nibbles at a time.
2. The huge grated Hershey bar was a pain because my food processor stopped after the first pulse and I had to “grate” these by hand. But regardless, I didn’t think the milk chocolate bar added much flavor so I would ditch it.
3. The recipe was so enormous that eventually I had to divide it into two bowls. I used the traditional semi sweet chips in one bowl and put the dark chocolate and mint chips in the other. That was a winner! The batch that I took to a church function disappeared quickly and people really seemed to enjoy the mint. Butterscotch or other chips would work well too.
4.I thought grinding the oatmeal was a wasted step. Personally, I love oats and enjoy seeing them in baked goods.
5. The cookies would retain their moistness more easily if some of the sugar was changed out for honey.
6. Finally, I would have swapped out some of the white flour for some whole wheat pastry flour, just so I could pretend these are “health foods.”