Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine
powder. Cream the 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 two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
* I used two 1.55oz Hershey bars that you can find in the checkout lines. It's a little smaller than what is called for in the recipe, but it was the most convenient and economic option and worked well.
** The original recipe states that any nuts can be used here. I used chopped walnuts.
Thereís nothing more fun than a recipe with a story behind it, and these cookies are part of an urban legend thatís been floating around for decades. Legend has it that a woman was charged $250 for the cookie recipe at Neiman-Marcus Cafe and seeks revenge by distributing the recipe to as many people possible. Snopes.com has proven that the whole thing has no real truth behind it and Neiman-Marcus put out a statement claiming that they didnít even have a cookie recipe at the time the story started circulating. In fact, they later developed a recipe in response to the story, though it differs greatly from the one in the original legend.
My daughter and I had just finished a salad at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas, and we decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the"Neiman-Marcus cookie." It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe, and the waitress said with a small frown, "Iím afraid not, but you can buy the recipe." Well, I asked how much, and she responded, "Only two fifty-itís a great deal!" I agreed to that, and told her to just add it to my tab.
Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement, and the Neiman-Marcus charge was
$285.00! I looked again, and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two
salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement,
it said, "Cookie Recipe-$250.00". That was outrageous!
I called Neimanís Accounting Department and told them the waitress said it
was "two fifty", which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by
any reasonable interpretation of the phrase. Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.
They would not refund my money because, according to them, "What the waitress
told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe. We absolutely
will not refund your money at this point." I explained to the Accounting Department lady
the criminal statutes which govern fraud in the state of Texas. I threatened to report them
to the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney Generalís office for engaging in
fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want. Donít bother thinking of how you can get
even, and donít bother trying to get any of your money back."
I just said, Okay, you folks got my $250, and now Iím going to have $250 worth of
fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United
States with an e-mail account has a $250 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus...for free.
She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you ripped me off!" and slammed down the phone. So here it is!
Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I
paid $250 for this, and I donít want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make another penny off of this recipe!