Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe (2024)

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The famous Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe!

Blended oatmeal in the cookie dough is the secret ingredient that gives these cookies just a little more texture and body. A batch of homemade Neiman Marcus cookies, full of chocolate chips and nuts, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser any time of day.

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  • Oatmeal: the secret to this cookie is OATMEAL! And the secret to the oatmeal is popping it in the blender before adding it to the cookies to make a course flour out of it. Amazing texture and flavor!
  • Flour: gluten in the traditional all-purpose flour adds a softness to the texture of the cookie to go with the whole grain oats
  • Baking powder and baking soda: these help the cookies to rise and have a nice texture
  • Butter: beloved butter makes for a cookie that has great color and lots of flavor
  • Brown and granulated sugar: when you combine the two sugar your cookies brown up nicely and have great flavor
  • Eggs: these help to bind all of the ingredients together
  • Chocolate chips: long live all the chocolate, you can use the type of chocolate chips that you like or have on hand
  • Hershey bar: this is the second secret ingredient to these famous cookies and it adds a subtle element to chocolate in every bite, I love this addition
  • Chopped nuts: you can use what you like or have on hand, I normally use walnuts or pecans in this recipe
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How To Make The Original Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe At Home

Overall, this is a simple and straightforward cookie recipe. The only extra bit to perfecting Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies is blending up some oatmeal and adding some grated chocolate.

  1. This cookie recipe follows the creaming method, which means you’ll start by creaming butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. If you have a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment on medium-high speed.
  2. Creaming incorporates air into the butter, which helps your cookies stay light and fluffy.Serious Eats has a great article on the importance of creaming butter and sugar when making cookies.
  3. I like to mix together the dry ingredients (blended oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda) before creaming, and gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  4. Mix until everything is just combined, being careful not to overmix, which can result in tough cookies. Finally, fold in your mix-ins: chocolate, more chocolate, and nuts.
  5. At this point, you can refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. Chilling creates even thicker, chewier cookies, as the cold dough won’t spread as much in the oven.
  6. When you’re ready to bake, form balls with your dough and arrange on cookie sheets. I use a #40 disher/scoop to get even cookies that bake into perfect circles. If you bake a lot of cookies like I do, this scoop is a time saver and makes evenly sized cookies every time.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes. Don’t worry about taking them out a couple of minutes before the cookies look fully set. Resting on the hot baking sheets will continue to bake the cookies all the way through. Then, move the cookies to a wire rack to cool fully.
  8. At this point, if you don’t eat them all straight away, the chocolate chip cookies can be frozen for several months or stored in an airtight container on the counter.

Tip: To bring your butter to the perfect temperature for creaming, cut the butter into tablespoons and put it in your mixing bowl. By the time you’ve assembled all your other ingredients, your butter will be ready to cream.

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Video on how to make Neiman Marcus Cookies:

Update: I’ve updated this post with a video and helpful tips and tricks to make these legendary cookies live up to the hype.

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The story behind the famous cookie recipe:

The classic Neiman Marcus cookie came as a result of a hoax someone pulled against the Neiman Marcus Cafe. It was said that a woman went to the cafe and loved the cookie she ate so much that she asked for the recipe. The person said that they’d give it to her for “two fifty”. But when her bank statement came she realized that the recipe wasn’t sold to her for $2.50 like she thought, rather for $250. This story spread throughout the country and it became a big ordeal.

The funny thing is, the Neiman Marcus Cafe wasn’t even offering cookies on their menu at that time. So, in response to the hoax over a cookie that didn’t exist, the Neiman Marcus Group created the Neiman Marcus cookie.

The store actually released a version of their cookie recipe a few years ago. While similar to this one, it contains espresso powder and leaves out one very important ingredient.

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Why Use Blended Oatmeal in Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Blended oatmeal is the key to the delightful texture of the original Neiman Marcus cookies. It’s the secret ingredient that the store left out of their published recipe.

It only takes just a couple of minutes to make blended oatmeal in your kitchen. Simply add oats to a blender and pulse into a coarse powder.

While oat flour is also a form of oats ground into powder, it’s not a great substitute for the oats in this recipe. Oat flour is much more finely ground than you will achieve in your home blender. It also may change the texture of your cookies.

When choosing oats for these cookies, I always opt for old-fashioned oats, but you can substitute quick-cooking oats if needed.Do not use Instant Oats.

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More great cookie recipes:

  • Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

If you’ve tried thisNeiman Marcus cookie recipeor any other recipe on Barbara Bakes, then don’t forget torate the recipeand leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some pictures of it, share it with me onInstagramso I can repost on my stories.

Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

Rich, chewy and soft Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies are studded with extra chocolate and chopped nuts to make the perfect sweet treat.

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time10 minutes mins

Additional Time5 minutes mins

Total Time25 minutes mins

Course: Cookies

Keyword: baking, cookie, Dessert, food, recipe

Servings: 36

Calories: 236kcal

Author: Melissa Griffiths


  • 2 ½ cups oatmeal blended
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips 2 cups
  • 1 4 oz. Hershey bar, grated
  • 1 ½ cups chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 375 degree F.

  • Add the oatmeal to a blender and blend into a course flour or powder.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, blended oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars, on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well blended, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.

  • Add flour mixture; mix just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips, grated chocolate, and nuts. (Optional: cover dough and chill 30 minutes – add a minute or two to the cook time if using chilled dough.)

  • Roll into balls and place two inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Let cookies cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to racks to cool completely.



  • Walnuts or pecans are a nice option for this recipe, if you are going to omit them add an additional 3 tablespoons of flour to the recipe.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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The Neiman Marcus Cookie is a soft, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that is perfect with a glass of milk. This recipe is sure to be one that the whole family will enjoy.

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  1. Barbra

    Can someone please tell me how to find the video?


  2. Judith Rutschman

    Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe (11)
    great ingredients and excellent instructions, including link for creaming the butter. Thank you


  3. Veronique

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    My son- in-law loves these cookies so much. His mom I guess made them when he was a kid. I agree that they are pretty delicious! Thank you for sharing!


  4. Shawn

    Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe (13)
    This is a great cookie. I put milk chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch chips in it. I also grind the oats very fine, so it’s like flower. Everyone that tries these love them. I think they have a good complementary flavor.


    • Melissa Griffiths

      Sounds perfect! Thank you for sharing!


  5. Joel

    Unless you watch the video you don’t know when to add the eggs and vanilla. Maybe it would be a good idea to have this in the directions.


    • Melissa Griffiths

      You add them in step 4 of the recipe, not sure where the confusion is from…


      • Barbra

        Can you tell me where to find the video please? There’s a lot of different videos and ads so I can’t find it. Thanks


  6. Vickie

    Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe (14)
    I decided to use butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate chips. Gave the cookies an uplift. And used cake flour for more moisture. Thank you for sharing the recipe.


  7. Hyleigh

    Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe (15)
    I really like this cookie recipe but I think you should add half a cup of white sugar instead of a cup they’re just a little too sweet for my taste but


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