Janelle In Real Life: The Neiman Marcus Cookie Story


The Neiman Marcus Cookie Story

Have you ever heard of the Neiman Marcus cookie story?


Supposedly, some woman inadvertently paid a bunch of money for a cookie recipe from the Neiman Marcus cafe and sent out a chain email (remember those?!) of the recipe so everyone would have it and no one else would have to pay the huge amount she did. Thank you, kind lady!

where she got it-- sweater: old navy // jeans: joes via soel boutique // necklace: j. crew factory // shoes: target

The email went like this:

"FWD: Free Neiman-Marcus Cookie Recipe

This is a true story... Please forward it to everyone that you can.... You will have to read it to believe it....
My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus Cookie". It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown "I'm afraid not." Well" I said, "would you let me buy the recipe?"

With a cute smile, she said YES". I asked how much and she responded, "Only two fifty, it's a great deal!" I said with approval, "just add it to my tab".. Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe - $250.00". That's outrageous!!!

I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them that the waitress said it was "two-fifty," which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase. Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.. They would not refund my money, because according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe - we absolutely will not refund your money at this point." I explained to her the criminal statutes which govern fraud in Texas. I threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the State's Attorney General for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want, we dont give a damn, and we're not refunding your money." I waited a moment, thinking of how I could get even,or even try to get any of my money back. I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250.00, and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun."

I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus... for free..She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this" I said, "Well you should have thought of that before you ripped me off", and slammed down the phone on her.. So, here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250.00 dollars for this... I don't want Neiman-Marcus to ever get another penny off of this recipe....

(Recipe may be halved): 
2 cups butter 
4 cups flour 
2 tsp. baking soda 
2 cups granulated sugar 
2 cups brown sugar 
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder) 
24 oz. chocolate chips 
1 tsp. salt 
1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated) 
4 eggs 
2 tsp. baking powder 
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice) 
2 tsp. vanilla 

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet..Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.. Have Fun!!!

This is not a joke - this is a true story... Ride free citizens!!!! This isn't some stupid chain letter either.. pass it on.. if you don't, you won't die or get dumped.. you'll just do the world an injustice...
Thanx…" (source)

But really, the story is fake. Because there was no cafe in the Dallas Neiman Marcus (there is now), and therefore no cookie recipe. But I did make these cookies (using a slightly different recipe) and they were pretty good!

Well I hope you guys have an AMAZING weekend! I'll see you back here on Monday :)


  1. I have never heard that story, but ohh, the days of chain emails... too funny. Those cookies do sound pretty tasty too! I definitely need to bake something sweet this weekend, so thanks for sharing!
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  2. you always wear the cutest t-shirts.

  3. I've not heard of this either, but I love that she's sharing the cookie wealth. Those jeans look great on you by the way! <3 Christina / tide & bloom

  4. Such a fun story, but Neiman Marcus DOES have a restaurant/cafe :) Not all the locations do, but the ones by me do! :)

  5. That same cookie story and recipe has been circulating since the early 80's (and quite possibly earlier as I do not know the origin either) I did happen to make them though for the holidays one year and it is a bit pricey but overall it is a really great cookie. I've never been to a Neiman Marcus store as there aren't any near me.

  6. I love your blog design! And what a funny story... :)

  7. hi Janelle, I have heard about that story but it has been yeeeeeeeeeeears! Great flats!!! I always notice shoes. Thanks for joining "Fashion item Friday" and being so much fun. I need to stick around your blog more.

  8. This outfit is simple, but also edgy and put together. I love your shoes, especially - they add something special to this look.