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Famous Department Store Chocolate Chip Cookies

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic


Did you hear the one about the (choose one) Neiman-Marcus, Mrs. Field's etc. chocolate chip cookie recipe?

This story has been making the rounds for years now, and shows no signs of dying down. It seems someone — usually a friend of a friend of the person telling the story — contacted some famous retailer, by phone (or at the store) for their "secret" chocolate chip cookie recipe. Told the charge would be "two-fifty," this person said to charge it to their credit card. Later they discovered the actual charge was $250.00, and then and there they decided to "tell the world" the "secret" recipe, to get even.

Well, it's a funny story, but completely untrue. Neiman-Marcus will gladly let you in on the secret of their chocolate chip cookies at no charge. One good thing has resulted from this story, however; the following chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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At a glance

12 dozen


Choose your measure:

  • 2 cups (32 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate bar, grated
  • 4 cups chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs one by one, then add the vanilla.
  4. In a blender or food processor, grind oats until they're a fine powder.
  5. Add oats, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to butter/sugar mixture; mix well.
  6. Stir in nuts, grated chocolate and chips.
  7. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto your baking sheet (a tablespoon cookie scoop makes short order of this job). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Cookies will keep for up to a week in a closed container.