The Infamous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Many people may recall the urban legend of the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies that were sold for over $250 dollars. Well, we’re here today for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day to take a stab at recreating this iconic recipe for the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The cookies were believed to be an urban legend because how could a cookie possibly melt in your mouth? It is possible by using a good amount of butter, chilling time, and taking the cookies out of the oven just before they are “done”. We hope you enjoy these yummy cookies plus our chocolate chip cookie book pairings too!

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. A plate of cookies in the background with the words The Infamous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies over it.

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Our twist on the Infamous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie RECIPE


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (or Coconut Oil)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (White Sugar)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, shifted to a fine powder (it’s how they are so light and fluffy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (Milk chocolate chips will work too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder (the secret ingredient!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F.
  2. Grab a medium bowl, and toss in the butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl, then mix until combined. With an electric mixer on a low speed, toss in the wet ingredients; the egg and vanilla, until well combined and fluffy.
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients and sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the larger bowl while beating at a slow speed. Mix until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Then add in the secret ingredient of espresso powder, and mix until it is fully combined.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 mins.
  5. Grab a 9×13 baking sheet with some coconut oil (or a nonsticking spray) spread out on it. Using an ice cream scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet in balls about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out the cookies. Place the cookies into the oven in batches and bake for about 20 minutes or until the cookies are nicely golden brown around the edges. Bake for a minute or two longer for a crispier cookie taste. Place on a wire rack to cook and enjoy these good cookies!

This recipe makes about 24 cookies. You can read about the history of the Neiman Marcus Cookies on their website.


This fantastic cookie recipe is best done by following the directions closely. However, you can definitely add extra chocolate chips. If you’d like to make these an oatmeal cookie version simply use 1 1/2 cups flour with 1/2 old-fashioned oats (or oat flour) and add 2 Tablespoons more butter.

Cookie Bait by Ashley Funk

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…

At least, that’s what my best friend Tessa tells me when she wrangles me into testing out her latest alternative to dating apps. She believes that a little cookie bribery is all it takes to land Prince Charming.

It’s up to me to protect Tessa from herself and the entire male population of Cache Valley from her baking.

When Tessa has a cookie emergency, I dash to her rescue, only to run into (literally) the most attractive man I’ve ever seen.

It wouldn’t have been a problem if there hadn’t been sparks (there were) and I didn’t dump my cookies and dash like a baked goods Cinderella (I did). Luckily, I will never see him again and have to relive that embarrassment.

That is, until my Cookie Prince Charming starts working in the department next to mine.

I was out to prove Tessa wrong, but what if the man I accidentally cookie baited is Mr. Right?

Find it on Goodreads, Amazon, and BookBub.

Cookie Dough or Die by Virgina Lowell

Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House-a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie-and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But now they must take a break from baking and find a killer, or else their reputation-and quite possibly their lives-will be battered for good.

Find it on Goodreads, Amazon, and BookBub.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Take one amateur sleuth. Mix in some eccentric Minnesota locals. Add a generous dollop of crackling suspense, and you’ve got the recipe for this mystery series featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking heroine whose gingersnaps are almost as tart as her comments and whose penchant for solving crime is definitely stirring things up.

While dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, Hannah runs The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery. But after Ron LaSalle, the beloved deliveryman from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery—with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him—she’s determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, so she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Find it on Goodreads, Amazon, and BookBub.

A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder

In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it’s nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn’t so nice.

Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts—especially her cookies—life is pretty sweet. So when an old friend arrives and announces a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding, that’s just the icing on the wedding cake.

But the groom vanishes right as a television crew descends on the town to film a hot, new realty show. Is there a connection? Is her friend Desiree somehow involved? Or did groom Judson simply get cold feet? The bride and groom were paired better than warm cookies and cold milk, so Kate doesn’t buy it.

As the show’s cast runs amok on the island and the investigation into Judson’s disappearance heats up, Kate and her pal Maxi, along with town dog Oliver, will brave the rambunctious world of reality TV and a wedding weekend gone awry, in an all-out effort to find the missing groom.

Find it on Goodreads, Amazon, and BookBub.

Murder at Cookie Lake by Susan Gillard & Karen Sullivan

(Formerly Published as Chewy Chocolate Chip Murder)

When Charleston South Carolina Native Cat Kelley hears that her benefactor and oldest friend, Beth Walters, has died under ‘mysterious circumstances’ she’s distraught.

That sorrow turns into outrage when Detective Jack Bradshaw turns up in her famed cookie store, Cat’s Cookies, and reveals that the Walters family has pinned the blame on her.

What’s a Southern Belle to do?

Now, Cat must follow her gut and the trail of cookie crumbs to clear her name and keep her head above the water. Armed with her craving-inducing cookies, her impulsive nature and her cute cat, Oreo, for company Catherine sets out to solve the crime. But she has to juggle her work, the anger of an entire family, and the suspicions of the police in the process.

Follow Cat as the tries to keep a low profile amidst the suspicions as she uses both her brains and intuition, to make sure the killer is caught before it’s too late!

Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

Double Chocolate Cookie Murder by Devon Delaney

Sherry Oliveri is used to competing in cook-offs, but this time she’s serving as a judge. The upside is that she gets to taste all the contestants’ cookies. The downside is that one of the bakers will wind up dead…

It’s the long Thanksgiving weekend, and between cooking for her family and working her dad’s store for Black Friday, Sherry has a full plate. Next, she has to judge the big cookie contest–and among the many entrants is her old high school home ec teacher, Mr. Currier.

For old time’s sake, Sherry invites him over for dinner, although sadly, the reunion will be short-lived. The next day, the prizes at the bake-off go missing–and later turn up at the marina, along with her ex-teacher’s body. Now Sherry has to find out who would do such a thing…

Find it on Goodreads, Amazon, and BookBub.

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