Ever since I was a teenager, my Mama would have my sister and I help her bake cakes at home. We would make a lot of baked goods for church fund raisers. Now, this tradition has continued with my children. I love baking and have also taught my kids to bake.
One of my favorite recipes ever is one that I follow every time I bake chocolate chip cookies. Several years ago, I decided to buy a school cookbook that some teachers were selling at my oldest daughter’s elementary school. In this cookbook, was this chocolate chip cookie recipe. To this day, I still use this amazing recipe!
I don’t know if there is any truth to the story behind it; however, I will share exactly what the story and recipe says. Many of you may have heard it already, it is the $250 Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe.
There was a woman who had lunch with her daughter at the Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas, and enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies so much that she asked for the recipe. For “only two-fifty,” the waitress said, was the cost of this recipe. However, as the credit card bill arrived, the woman found the total near $300. The story says the recipe turned out to cost $250! In 1997, after years of enduring the myth, Neiman Marcus came up with a recipe and gave it out for free. It’s a delicious variation on chocolate chip cookies, using ground oatmeal, nuts and adding extra chocolate with a grated Hershey bar or any brand you like.
After baking these delicious cookies for years, I made my own modifications. There is quite a bit of sugar in the recipe so I reduced it to a total of 1 1/2 cups. Also, I added 2 teaspoons of vanilla. In every batch I make, I add all three of the following nuts: pecans, walnuts and almonds. In addition, I am careful to bake each batch at 9 minutes so they can be soft. If you leave in oven baking for more minutes, they will be crunchy. It is your preference. As far as the size for each cookie portion, I bought these awesome silicone baking mats at Costco and it guides you to where exactly you can place your cookie balls and they come out perfect!
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Please share your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 ½ cups oatmeal
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
- 1 4-ounce milk chocolate bar
- 1 ½ cups chopped nuts
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream together butter and both sugars. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
- Finely grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Combine the oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium bowl, and slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Beat just until combined. Grate chocolate bar using a microplane grater and add it, along with chocolate chips and nuts to the batter. Mix just to combine.
- Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.