This is a story that every woman will appreciate.
I am a multi-tasker, Jeff would say I have attention deficit disorder. I start mini projects all through the day. I may not completely finish them in one given time frame, but by the end of the day, I have completed everything I started.
So, I started last Saturday afternoon checking the statistics of this blog, Friends Food Family. It was the end of 4th of July weekend and there had been quite a bit of activity with fans searching for cook-out and dessert recipes. One of my busiest blog posts is the Chocolate Oreo Cookie Trifle. As I was looking at the search page (for where my article shows up), I noticed a chocolate chip cookie trifle. I clicked on the link and landed on a blog article of a woman who made a chocolate chip cookie trifle with vanilla pudding along with blueberries and raspberries. She had made these delicious looking chocolate chip cookies and I figured I would get the recipe. She said it was her favorite Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but when I clicked on the link, it took me to the Neiman Marcus website...no cookie recipe.
I googled "Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe" and a number of recipes came up, along with "these are the $250 Chocolate Chip Cookies". I started laughing. Do you remember the story that traveled around the internet? It was about a woman who asked for the chocolate chip cookie recipe from a major department store. They tell her it is two fifty, she thinks it's $2.50 and the store charges her credit card $250.00. She gets mad, can't get her money back and vows she will share the recipe with everyone. If you would like, you can read the e-mail, The Cookie that cost a Bundle.
For some reason, I always thought it was Mrs. Field's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. So, I had to look up the real story. It takes on all different versions and people involved but Mrs. Field's does end up being one of the people connected with the $250.00 recipe scam.
Well, I had made these cookies years ago when I got the e-mail and thought I would make them again. I adapted it slightly from the original using light brown and dark brown sugars, Symphony Bars with Almonds and Toffee Bits and a few less nuts.
These cookies were delicious. They were chewy with a slight crunch, they had that oatmeal nutty flavor and the bittersweet and milk chocolate gave it that wonderful chocolaty richness.
After I was done making the cookies, packaging them up and cleaning the kitchen, Jeff asked how I happen to find the recipe. I told him the story of how I was looking up some statistics to the blog...yada, yada, yada...and he said, I bet you don't even know what the numbers were. Ah, he thinks I became distracted, "6200 this month", I rattled off without missing a beat. Well, I'll admit, it probably wasn't the exact number, but it was close. (wink, wink)
The exact number was 6340. Who says I can't multi-task! Get distracted and make a batch.
Adapted from Cooks.com, Neiman-Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe.
Neiman-Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
2 cups of butter
2 cups of granulated sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
4 cups of flour
5 cups of oatmeal
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of baking soda
24 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chips (4 cups)
2 (4 ounce) Symphony Bars (we used the toffee bits and almonds type), grated
2 cups of chopped pecans
1. Measure oatmeal and process in blender to a fine powder.
2. Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla.
3. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
4. Add the bittersweet chocolate chips, grated chocolate and nuts.
5. Spoon tablespoon sized balls onto cookie sheet. You can also use an ice cream scoop for larger cookies. Make sure you flatten them slightly.
6. Bake for 6-8 minutes at 375°F.
Makes 9 dozen cookies.