Thursday Night Nicoise Salad

Thursday Night Nicoise Salad
Allow all of your salad stars to shine on their own. Dress each component of your salad individually and pile onto a platter. Simple food is just so darn pretty. Make something like this whatever you have on hand!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Urban Myth ~ Neiman Marcus Cookies

E-mails are once again circulating about the woman who had lunch at Neiman Marcus with her daughter, ordered their cookies for dessert, asked for the recipe, and was charged $250.00 (the story goes that the waitress said "two-fifty", which she interpreted as $2.50). She subsequently disputed the charge and N-M stuck to their guns, since she already had the recipe. Her revenge was to circulate the recipe all over the internet. So the story goes............

I baked the cookies this week and they are pretty delicious. I do remember trying the recipe a few years back (whenever the last e-mail blast worked it's way to my computer and I don't remember being impressed). This time, I was happy with the cookies, so I have listed the recipe below including my personal tweaks and tips at no extra charge to KPK bloggers. LOL. BTW, if you're comparing this recipe to an e-mail that you received, please note, this is one-half of the e-mailed recipe AND I re-organized the ingredients in order of use, AND re-organized the directions according to ease of preparation, making it, in general, a much easier to follow, nicer, neater, baker-friendly package for KPK bloggers. You're welcome.

Urban Myth NM Cookie Recipe
with KPK Tweaks
Hey, Titles are Important

2 sticks of butter (I used one each, salted and unsalted)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (table salt)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups oatmeal (regular old-fashioned)
12 ounces chocolate chips (I used half semi-sweet, half bittersweet)
3 to 4 ounce Hershey bar, grated (I used two 1.55 oz. bars)
2 cups coarsely chopped nuts (I used pecans but I love them all)

Preheat the oven to 375. Cream the butter and the sugars in an electric mixer. Toss the oatmeal into your blender and blend a bit until it's ground. In a seperate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients . . . flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and the blended oatmeal. Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture. Then, add the dry ingredients and mix slowly on low speed until just combined. Don't overmix. Stir in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate and the nuts. I used an ice cream scoop to make consistently sized cookies, but you can use heaping rounded tablespoonfuls of cookie dough, also. The e-mailed recipe calls for rolling the dough into balls. We all know that's a P-I-T-A. I scooped the dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets and popped them into the oven for almost exactly 12 minutes. The original recipe indicates 10 minutes. You may want to set your timer for 10 minutes and keep checking until they're lightly browned. I guess 10 minutes would be just right if the cookies are a little on the small side. Smaller, shorter. Bigger, longer. LOL.


Curious and skeptical of the legend, I needed to do a little investigating. With one lightning fast Google search, the REAL recipe popped up in the number one position of the search, stomping out the myth forever. The recipe is completely different than the e-mailed recipe listed below!!!!! Here's a link for your ease and information: THE REAL DEAL. Click, read, bake and report back to the KPK. I would love to hear about your success with either recipe. I must now go bake the REAL NM chocolate chip cookies and provide you with an update to this story!

Make someone happy today with homemade cookies from your passion kitchen. They'll be more impressed that you made them than they would be if you bought them from NM for $24.00......17.75 ounces in an exclusive NM tin. Not sure if the tin is included in the 17.75, LOL.

Nothing Chocolate, Nothing Gained

Talk soon,

Katie

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