Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Neiman Marcus Cookies

Anyone who has been on the Internet for any length of time has heard of the infamous Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe, right? (If you haven't, here is a link to the story.) I had a potluck lunch with my mom's group yesterday (where we took those Cinco de Bubba photos) and I was supposed to bring cookies. Originally, I was going to bring sugar cookies, but I totally slacked off and waited until the last minute so they didn't get done. As I was browsing through my recipes looking for another one that would be suitable, I came across this one. I've had it saved forever, but never actually got around to making it, so I figured, what the heck, right?

Well, I seriously halved this recipe and still ended up with two gallon Ziploc bags full of cookies! Holy crap! Also, if you're wondering, a halved recipe takes three regular sized Hershey bars, and grating them sucks. It will be easier if you stick them in the freezer for a bit first. I think I'd like to use something slightly bigger than the fine Microplane if I did these again.

To make the balls I just used a small disher to scoop out portions that were slightly smaller than a tablespoon onto my Silpats. I love these for scooping things into even portions and own them in three different sizes. They're how I get batter into cupcake liners neatly and also how I got that baby food puree into the silicone mold without making a huge mess. I highly recommend them!

Neiman Marcus Cookies

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal ***
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt 1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

* Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. (DO NOT USE INSTANT OR QUICK COOKING OATS!!!)
* Cream the butter and both sugars.
* Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together until combined.
* Mix in flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda using a wooden spoon just until combined. Overmixing leads to a tough cookie!
* Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts BY HAND (if you're using a mixer you'll just pulverize them and lose that texture).
* Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.
* Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

The verdict? This is a good cookie. However, the ratio of work involved (blended oatmeal? grated Hershey bars?) to the final product makes me doubt I'll make these again. They were just good, not spectacular, but better than okay. I'm still going to eat the rest of the second Ziploc bag that's sitting on the table right now.

Can you believe that I don't have a cookie jar???

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Blogger kingsqueen said...

I made these about 2 months ago, and did NOT halve the recipe. That was a crapload of cookies and took forever to make. I probably won't be doing them again either. I finally got tired of baking and froze a bunch of them.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Samara Link said...

I've had this recipe since before I left Michigan, and I was 22 when I left ... 31 now. So, that's a fair amount of time. Still haven't made them, and I'm thinking I know why after reading your post. They do sound wonderful though!

5:28 PM  

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