Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing with you the notorious Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe! That’s right, this recipe I’m sharing with you comes from the famous and fabulous store that is… NEIMAN MARCUS! I first posted this in my older blog, My Fashion Juice.
So anyway, a dear friend of mine once told me about how delicious Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies were. They are the ever-famous chocolate chip cookies that you can buy at the Neiman Marcus restaurants or in their stores in these cute tin boxes. As I was browsing a previous Neiman Marcus Christmas book, it was there that I learned about the story of these famous cookies. Let me share it with you!
The Urban Legend about the $250 Recipe
(for the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie)
An urban myth is a modern folk tale, its origins unknown, its believability enhanced simply by the frequency with which it is repeated. NM’s signature chocolate chip cookie is the subject of one such myth. If you haven’t heard the story, read on…
It was in 1994 when now Executive Chef and VP of NM Restaurants Kevin Garvin first started working for Neimans Restaurants. On his first week at NM, he got a letter from a customer saying how upset she was that NM would charge $250 for a cookie recipe. He didn’t know what the lady was talking about because they didn’t even sell cookies. Chef Garvin wanted to know more about it and found out that their PR was sending back letters to every customer who asked about the rumor. But by the time the Internet was booming, the MYTH had taken off and they had a hard time keeping up with the letters. Their action? Chef Garvin decided to create a recipe for the now FAMOUS Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie and they posted the recipe online – for free – so that everyone is happy!
And in case you haven’t gotten a copy, well, I’ll be the one to make you happy this time! Copy it, print it out, try it and indulge! This is one delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe that all chocolate cookie lovers will surely love. Best of all, it’s SUPER EASY to make that even kids can do this with you! So if you’re looking for something to bring to the next party, you can easily make a batch in less than an hour!
Above, before baking, that’s how the dough looks like
This recipe yields 24-28 cookies. I made mine a bit thicker but if you want to make it look like the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie, make it thinner than the cookies in the picture. Also, you can try using cake flour for a “melt-in-your-mouth” taste! Yum!
STYLEanthropists, always remember to dine in style. Let me know if you try this Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder (instant coffee)
- 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds).
- Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.
- In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.
- Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.