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Neiman Marcus Cookies are chewy and chocolatey, made with blended oatmeal, sweet chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, and grated Hershey’s milk chocolate. It’s a combination that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

These delicious cookies are unique and have a fascinating origin story to match. If you haven’t yet heard this famous tale, read on to discover how this recipe came about.

a plate of Neiman Marcus cookies on a table with a blue striped napkin and a glass of milk.

Perfect for holiday baking, these cookies are always a hit! Be warned — if you bring Neiman Marcus cookies to your next family gathering, expect only to be left with a few spare crumbs.

Not only does Neiman Marcus carry the world’s top brands, but they’re also pretty talented in the kitchen! If you’ve ever dined at a Neiman Marcus Café, you know exactly what I mean.

They have a full menu of flavorful salads, delectable entrees, like salmon tacos and parmesan chicken, and sensational shareables, like truffle fries. 

However, with all the delicious dishes offered, the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie steals the fame. After making them yourself and sinking your teeth into the chocolatey, nutty, and chewy treat, you’ll see why!

But the funny thing is, Neiman Marcus didn’t have a single cookie on their menu until an interesting rumor circulated. Continue reading to reveal the truth about the Neiman Marcus cookie hoax.

For more tasty holiday cookies, check out these classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies, nutty Pecan Candy Cookies, or salty and sweet Peanut Butter Toffee Turtle Cookies.

ingredients for Neiman Marcus cookies on a tabble.
  • Oatmeal | This recipe’s secret weapon is old-fashioned oats blended into a powder. It keeps the oats full flavor and removes some lumpy texture.
  • Flour | All-purpose flour gives the cookies a soft and chewy texture alongside the oats.
  • Baking soda and powder | Use baking soda and baking powder to help the cookies rise.
  • Kosher salt | Sprinkle in a pinch of kosher salt to enhance the sweeter flavors.
  • Butter | Compliment the rich chocolatey taste with creamy unsalted butter. Before starting the recipe, allow it to come to room temperature, so it mixes better with the other ingredients.
  • Sugars | Pour in some light brown sugar and granulated sugar to bring the sweetness of these cookies to the next level. The brown sugar has richer molasses notes, while the granulated sugar lends a crisp sweetness.
  • Eggs | Eggs bind the ingredients and give the cookies a fluffy texture.
  • Vanilla | A few drops of creamy vanilla extract deepen the flavors in the recipe. 
  • Chocolate chips | Add semi-sweet chocolate chips for sugary bites of melted chocolate. If necessary, you may use white chocolate chips or whatever you have on hand.
  • Walnuts | Chopped walnuts bring a unique texture to the cookies and additional flavor.
  • Chocolate bar | You’ll grate a milk chocolate Hershey’s bar for an extra kick of sweet chocolate taste!

How to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ll make these Neiman Marcus cookies much like any other cookie recipe but with a few twists and turns. Continue to discover the secret to these incredible cookies!

STEP 1 | Preheat and prep

Are you ready to make this sensational Neiman Marcus cookie recipe? Let’s get to baking!

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees so it’s hot and ready when you’re ready to bake. Next, line the baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set them aside to use later.

You can also prepare by chopping the walnuts, grating the chocolate bar, and setting the butter and eggs out to come to room temperature.

blended oat flour being added to a bowl with all-purpose flour.

STEP 2 | Blend the oatmeal

For these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, you want all the tasty flavor of the oatmeal without the classic texture. So, grab a food processor or blender and add the oatmeal.

Pulse the oatmeal until it becomes a coarse powder, like oat flour.

STEP 3 | Mix the dry ingredients

Next, empty the blended oatmeal into a large bowl and whisk in some of the other dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.

butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar being creamed together in a stand mixer.

STEP 4 | Blend the sugars and butter

Now, move to the bowl of your stand mixer. Drop in the room temperature butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.

Beat the ingredients on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. This should take only a couple of minutes.

tips

  • For the most accuracy, wait until after you blend the oats and chop the walnuts to make your measurements and add them to the cookie dough.
  • Prevent the cookies from spreading out too much while baking by refrigerating the dough for about half an hour. Then, scoop, place on the baking sheets, and slip them into the oven.
adding eggs, vanilla, and flour to cookie dough for Neiman Marcus cookies.

STEP 5 | Add the eggs and vanilla

Then, it’s time to add the eggs and rich vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat on low or medium speed until the ingredients are well blended.

Scrape down the bowl as you go so the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

a wooden spoon stirring walnuts and chocolate chips into a bowl of cookie dough.

STEP 6 | Add the dry ingredients

Now it is time to add the flour and oatmeal mixture. Empty it into the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated.

STEP 7 |Sprinkle in the chocolate and nuts

Next, use a wooden spoon to stir the chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, and grated chocolate.

Use a cookie scoop or spoon to make 1 1/2-inch balls. Finally, place each cookie dough ball about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. 

That way, they have plenty of room to spread without resulting in one massive Neiman Marcus cookie. However, the monster chocolate and oatmeal cookie doesn’t sound too terrible, right?

using a scoop to place cookie dough onto baking sheet; Neiman Marcus cookies cooling on a wire rack.

STEP 8 | Bake the cookies

Slip the baking sheets into the oven and bake for around 8 to 10 minutes. For perfectly chewy cookies with a subtle crunch on the edges, remove them from the oven while they are still soft.

STEP 9 | Cool and serve!

Once removed from the oven, leave the cookies on the baking sheets for a couple of minutes. This allows the soft cookies to crisp around the edges and prevents them from crumbling when handled.

Transfer these delicious cookies to wire racks and cool them before storing or serving. Last but certainly not least… Dig in and enjoy!

Frequently asked questions

Can you make these cookies gluten-free?

Easily make gluten-free Neiman Marcus cookies by trading the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free alternative. The only other ingredient you need to check is the vanilla extract. Some brands of vanilla contain gluten. So, it’s best to be on the safe side and double-check before adding it to the recipe.

Can you change the recipe to make these iconic cookies a little different?

Well, why not? Get creative and switch up this recipe by swapping the chocolate chips for chocolate chunks. You can also use white chocolate chips, instead of semi-sweet. Replace the walnuts with chopped pecans, if preferred. 

Take the chocolate to the next level by drizzling the oatmeal cookies with melted chocolate. And for something extra tasty, add bits of caramel to the dough and drizzle with warm caramel sauce.

Can you make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes, these cookies are perfect for making ahead for a party or holiday meal. There are two excellent ways to make these delicious cookies and save them for later.

First, you can complete the entire recipe, then freeze the cookies in an airtight container. They will keep for about one month. When you’re ready to serve, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight or leave them on the counter for a few hours.

The other way to get a head start on this recipe is to make and freeze the dough before baking. Mix the ingredients and scoop out the dough balls. Place them onto a lined baking sheet and slip them into the freezer. Once frozen, remove the baking sheet and move the dough into a freezer-safe bag. The dough will keep in the freezer for about three months. 

When you’re ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and cook for about 10 minutes.

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Behind the recipe: Neiman Marcus Cookies

How could Neiman Marcus sell their cookie recipe if it never had a cookie on the menu, to begin with? Here’s the famous tale about this sensational cookie recipe:

According to the decades-old tale, a woman was dining at a Neiman Marcus Café in Texas. She topped off her tasty meal with a chocolate chip, walnuts, and oatmeal cookie that she absolutely fell in love with! When she asked the waitress if she could have the recipe, she said she would sell her the recipe for “two-fifty.” 

Thinking she scored a deal, the woman accepted the offer of $2.50 for the cookie recipe and asked for her check. She was shocked when the credit card bill was over $300 for her one meal. In reality, the waitress sold the recipe to her for $250! 

The peculiar story spread quickly, even though it couldn’t have possibly been true. The restaurant didn’t even sell cookies. Still, people like a good hoax story, and the tale was told for many years.

Later in 1997, Neiman Marcus finally invented a cookie recipe much like this chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe I have featured today. The origin of the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe is perhaps one of the oddest and most entertaining tales in food history.

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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Neiman Marcus Cookies are chewy and chocolatey, made with chocolate chips and walnuts — they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 5 dozen
Calories

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 12-oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 4-oz. Hershey's chocolate bar grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • Add the oatmeal to the bowl of a blender or food processor and pulse until it becomes a coarse powder.
  • Empty the blended oatmeal into a large bowl and whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Then, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Add the flour and oatmeal mixture to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and grated chocolate. Use a cookie scoop to make 1 1/2-inch balls and them place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, removing the cookies from the oven while they are still soft.
  • Leave the cookies on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

  • For the most accuracy, wait until after you blend the oats and chop the walnuts to make your measurements and add them to the cookie dough.
  • Prevent the cookies from spreading out too much while baking by refrigerating the dough for about half an hour. Then, scoop, place on the baking sheets, and slip them into the oven.
  • To freeze cookie dough before baking: Mix the ingredients and scoop out the dough balls. Place them onto a lined baking sheet and slip them into the freezer. Once frozen, remove the baking sheet and move the dough into a freezer-safe bag. The dough will keep in the freezer for about three months. When you’re ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook for about 10 minutes.
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips, holiday baking, oatmeal, walnuts
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About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are amazing, I remember hearing about his recipe, that’s a fun story you uncovered! Thank you, I go nuts for any cookie with chocolate, nuts and oats!

  2. I loved learning about the history of this storied cookie and cannot wait to bake these in my own kitchen. We have several Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie lovers in our household, so I know these are going to be a hit, especially with the special additions to them!

    Thank you so much for participating in this year’s Sweetest Season! I am always blown away with the recipes shared and the generosity of its participants. Thank you for making this event such a success. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

  3. 5 stars
    The combination in this cookie is delicious. Thanks for sharing the history. I had heard a little of it but this was so interesting to hear more about it.

  4. 5 stars
    I loved the story of these cookies! I can’t wait to try them with grated chocolate. These are on my must-make list!

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