Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Many of us know Neiman Marcus for their famous department store chain. Many of these have cafes that serve delectable food including their chocolate chip cookies.

The Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie has a bit of a story behind it. The legend goes that when one woman was lunching at the Neiman Marcus Café in Dallas, she asked the waitress for the recipe for the cookies. The waitress told her she could have it for the fee of ‘two-fifty’.

The woman agreed thinking the waitress meant the total charge would be two dollars and fifty cents. She was shocked when her bill came for nearly $300!!

However, whether this story is fact or fiction, Nieman Marcus worked to reverse their reputation by offering the recipe for free to whoever wanted it. It is unique in that it includes ground espresso coffee powder for an extra rich flavor.

Over the years, there have been variations of the recipe that include ground oatmeal, nuts and grated chocolate bars but this is a basic recipe that many of us know and love. Of course, you are welcome to play around and change it to your liking.

Chocolate chip cookies have been a mainstay to many homes ever since they were invented in 1938 by Ruth Graves Wakefield owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, MA. This launched the well known Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies but many variations have been made over the years including this version made famous by Nieman Marcus.

Of course, not all of us are fortunate enough to be able to dine at the Neiman Marcus café at our leisure, but we can certainly make these cookies at any time as a more affordable alternative. And considering they are homemade, the added ingredient, love, can make them even tastier.

What unique take do you have on the chocolate chip cookie recipe?

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies


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 F. 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.

5.Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

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