Neiman Marcus Cookie

So the story goes… a customer enjoyed a cookie at the NM Cafe and wanted to recipe. She was told it would cost “two-fifty” for said recipe. But saw the bill tally up to $250…

Neiman Marcus claims to be an urban legend, but I would love it even more if it were true. Regardless. These cookies may be one of the simplest, but most delicious cookies in the world.

I give full credit for this recipe to Neiman Marcus:



  • 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 oz of fresh espresso (Harrison’s substitution here)

  • 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

  2. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds).

  3. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

  4. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.

  5. Beat dry ingredients into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

  6. Using a 1-ounce scoop or a 2-tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Or you can just eyeball the size of a golfball.

  7. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle, ensuring a slight imprint in the center so the cookie does not puff up.

  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges (19 minutes exactly if you want a soft and gooey cookie).

  9. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.