Recipe for $250 Chocolate Chip Cookies by Rita Nader Heikenfeld

$250 chocolate chip cookies

I saw the recipe on the back of a newly opened bag of all purpose flour. I had to smile at the title: “Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies.” I immediately knew it was similar to the Neiman Marcus urban legend cookie recipe that has been around for decades. An unmistakable clue? The recipe included blended oats.

For those of you unfamiliar with the various narratives, here’s how the folklore works. In the 1990s, a woman at a Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas loved the chocolate chip cookies so much that she asked for the recipe. She was told it could be sold to her for “only two-fifty”. When the woman’s credit card bill came, the prescription cost $250 — as the story goes. The story attracted so much attention that Neiman Marcus developed a chocolate chip cookie recipe and gave it away for free.

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