The ‘Original’ Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Neimans Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 cups blended oatmeal
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 8 oz. dark chocolate bar, grated
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

50 - 80 cookies

When it comes to homemade cookies, especially chocolate chip, it’s hard to go wrong…usually you just end up with variations of gooey goodness! The Neiman Marcus recipe for their original chocolate chip cookie is somewhat controversial – there are a number of versions floating around online. This version is said to be the original (and it’s one I’ve had for more than 25 years). Either way, the results are amazingly good cookies. You don’t have to bake them….you can always buy them online at Neiman Marcus’ website.


Measure oatmeal and then blend in a blender or food processor 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, shaved chocolate, nuts and stir until combined. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

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13 Responses to The ‘Original’ Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

dee says: July 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Neiman Markus Cookies..can you please tell me what kind of Oatmeal to use? Like the Quaker Quick Oats in a container or Old Fashion Rolled Oats. What the best results.

Margo says: October 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

This actually isn’t the same recipe as the one on the Neiman Marcus website.

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


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.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

    Tanji says: October 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    There are TWO Neiman Marcus cookie recipes. One that they now use and one that was published years ago…in the Houston Chronicle I believe. :) Which do you like better? Did you see the ‘current’ one that is also posted on

Rhonda Herrington says: August 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I’ve had this recipe since 1987! My best friends grandmom gave it to me along with the made cookies. I love her more than the cookies, but the cookies are GOOD!

Lisa Suttman says: November 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I have made these for years one thing I am not sure of… do I use 5 cups of blended oatmeal or 5 cups of oatmeal then blend?


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