I saw a snipes article claiming the same thing.
But in any case, have some awesome sounding cookies.
*From:* mai...@andrelouis.com [mailto:mai...@andrelouis.com] *On
Behalf Of *Venison88a
*Sent:* Sunday, July 12, 2009 6:11 PM
*Subject:* Re: The Talk2 List FW: an expensive cookie recipe
Unfortunately, its an "urban legend", but the recipe is valid.
The store is featured in an urban legend involving a supposed recipe
for its popular chocolate chip cookie. In the legend, a woman and
her daughter enjoy a cookie while shopping at Neiman Marcus in Dallas,
Texas, and ask for the recipe. The waiter informs her there will be a
"two-fifty" charge, which the woman interprets as a modest $2.50. Upon
receiving her VISA statement, she is shocked to discover she has been
charged $250.00 instead. In revenge, she photocopies the recipe and
urges her friends to distribute it for free to everyone they know so
that the store will make no further profit on its sale. Because the
story typically was passed along as a photocopy, it falls in the
legend subcategory of Xeroxlore.
Folklorists have pointed out three chief holes in the story:
* Prior to the emergence of the legend, the store did not have a
chocolate chip cookie;
* A similar story has been around since the 1940s, originally
involving a red velvet cake recipe from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It
wasn't until the 1980s that the story's focus shifted to cookies. The
cookie version of the story originally was attached to Mrs. Fields
cookies, causing that company eventually to post disavowals of the
notices at all its stores.
Although the story is untrue, Neiman Marcus nonetheless published the
cookie recipe to quell rumors. It was perfected in 1995 by Kevin
Garvin and is featured on the company's website for free. It also is
in the Neiman Marcus Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $45) by Mr. Garvin and
--- On *Sat, 7/11/09, S. Nicole Campbell /<nicolesep...@gmail.com>/*
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Subject: The Talk2 List FW: an expensive cookie recipe
To: "talk2" <talk2@AndreLouis.COM>
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009, 11:23 PM
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*Sent:* Saturday, July 11, 2009 3:37 PM
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*Subject:* an expensive cookie recipe
When decent people get screwed over, this is the result!
A little background:
Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know already, is a very expensive
I.e., they sell your typical $8.00 T-shirt for
THIS IS A TRUE STORY !
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
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
said with a small frown, 'I'm afraid not, but you can buy The
I asked how much, and
she responded, ' Only two fifty - it's 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
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 Neiman's Accounting
Department and told them the waitress said it was 'two-fifty',
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
You have already seen the Recipe. We absolutely will not refund
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 General's office for
I was basically told, 'Do what you want. Don't bother thinking of
how you can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of your money
I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to
$250 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that
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
So here it is! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone
possibly think of. I paid $250 for this, and I don't want
EVER make another penny off of this recipe!
NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved)
2 cups butter
24 oz. Chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 cups sugar
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
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. Makes 112 cookies.
PLEASE SEND IT TO EVERY PERSON YOU KNOW WHO HAS AN E-MAIL ADDRESS!
THIS IS REALLY TERRIFIC!!
Even if the people on your e-mail list don't eat sweets send it to
them and ask them to pass it on. Let's make sure we get this
worth. Enjoy the cookies, they really are good.