Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 31, 2008

If they have it posted on their website saying take it, it’s free, then I don’t feel bad about putting it here for my easy reference. We’ve all received the email about the Neiman Marcus cookies, but it really isn’t true. I still want to try the recipe though, just to see what it’s like. This is what the official NM website says to preface the real 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. Our signature chocolate chip cookie is the subject of one such myth. If you haven’t heard the story, we won’t perpetuate it here. If you have, the recipe below should serve to refute it. Copy it, print it out, pass it along to friends and family. It’s a terrific recipe. And it’s absolutely free.

1/2 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
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
*I omitted the coffee powder
*20 minutes made the cookies VERY crispy. Yummy, but we like our chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy. Next time I’ll reduce the bake time a few minutes.
*I’ve always wondered about putting baking powder in chocolate chip cookies. I must say, I think it’s genius. They were fluffy and pretty, even if they were crisp.

By Becky

Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!