The amazing Neiman Marcus cookie recipe has been secretly passed around via email for years. Is the legendary story behind Neiman Marcus cookies true? Learn more about that and how to make these cookies made with ground oats, dark chocolate, and chopped walnuts.
Famous Cookie Recipes
For years I used a recipe that I swore was handed to me in secret. It was called Neiman Marcus cookies recipe. I kept that recipe locked away in my handy-dandy fireproof safe where no one could find it…until one day when I learned the story behind it
The story was that a woman asked Neiman Marcus for the recipe and they charged her $250 for it. She exacted her revenge by sharing it with others. That’s why it’s also called the $250 cookie recipe!
Maybe she also made a lot of money after distributing the recipe because I’ve also seen it referred to as million dollar cookies. From $250 to a million dollars is a big leap!
Turns out the Neiman Marcus cookie story is urban legend, but it’s still an engaging idea.
Even though my all-time favorite, secret cookie recipe was not really all that secret, it still was pretty amazing.
I decided to veganize it so I’m sharing with you my Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies. Hold onto your hats because this one is a show-stopper!
I love the dark chocolate chips in this recipe. Dark Chocolate. Chocolate Oscuro. Chocolat à croquer. Dunkle Schokolade. Whatever language you say it in, it’s got my number!
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Oatmeal flour is added and provides a subtle, but undeniable delicious flavor that makes these cookies remarkable
- Two kinds of chocolate are added to create extra rich cookies, filled with chocolate in every bite
- The use of brown sugar keeps these cookies extra moist and delicious!
How to Make Neiman Marcus Cookies
There are a few steps involved to making Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies, but it’s well worth every bit of it!
Step One: Cream Butter with Sugar
In a mixing bowl, cream together the vegan butter and sugars, until light and fluffy. I used a mixer, but you can do it by hand if you’d like a bit of a workout!
Add the flaxmeal, cornstarch, water and vanilla, and stir some more. Set aside.
Note: The original Neiman Marcus cookie recipe calls for butter, but here we’re using vegan butter. I used Earth Balance buttery sticks which works great.
Step Two: Make Oatmeal Flour
For this recipe we’ll be using oatmeal flour. Add 5 cups of oatmeal to a blender or food processor and pulse until a flour-like consistency. It may be a bit more coarse than typical flour and you may see bits of oatmeal, but that’s ok.
Step Three: Combine Dry Ingredients
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir together to combine all the ingredients. Set aside.
Step Four: Create the Cookie Dough
Pour the flour mixture in with the butter mixture and stir well. This will take a little bit of work, I like using a rubber spatula to help get it all combined.
Step Five: Add the Chocolate
Using a box grater, shred the two dark chocolate bars over the cookie dough. Stir to incorporate once both bars are grated.
Next, add the dark chocolate chips and chopped nuts and stir some more. One of the benefits of vegan cookie dough is that it’s not made with chicken eggs which means you can eat as much of it as you want. However, it helps to remind yourself that you might want to save some for your family.
Step Six: Drop and Bake
Use a cookie dough scoop to dispense cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the dough balls about 2″ apart to allow for some spread…like your hips might do after eating too many of these!
Bake each batch for 10 – 12 minutes. This recipe makes about 9 dozen cookies…or you could make them smaller for an even 10 dozen!
What’s really funny about this story, is that I used to hate dark chocolate. In fact, giving up milk chocolate was one of the things I resisted most about becoming vegan.
Taste buds can be so fickle.
Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies
Something you think you could never give up…like milk chocolate…eventually becomes something you despise. Kind of like Todd, my eight grade crush.
Now when I cross paths with a little milk chocolate, I don’t like it all. Hmm, I have a feeling that would go the same for Todd today too. Go figure!
Thanks to my recent trip to Chicago, I have a nice stash of dark chocolate on hand too.
I digress. I decided to take my old favorite (and mistakeningly considered secret) recipe and make it vegan. And while I was at it, I decided to overload it with lots of dark chocolate.
You’ll love these Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies because they’re:
- Rich and gooey
- Plentiful – this makes a big batch!
- Comforting…as only a chocolate chip cookie can be
The results? Undecidedly and über delicious (as they say in Germany).
I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies
- 2 cups vegan butter aka, Earth Balance margarine
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar packed
- 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 5 cups blended oatmeal Pour 5 cups rolled oats into a blender and blend to a fine powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 4 oz bars Extra Bittersweet Chocolate bars
- 2 12 oz bags Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate Chips
- 3 cups chopped nuts pistachio, pecan, walnut…your choice
- Heat your oven to 350· F.
- In a large bowl, cream together the vegan butter and sugars, until light and fluffy. I used a mixer, but you can do it by hand if you’d like a bit of a workout!
- Add the flax seed meal, corn starch, water and vanilla, and stir some more. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir together to combine all the ingredients. Set aside.
- Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir well. It might take a minute but just think how worth it’s going to be in the end!
- Using a grater, shred the two chocolate bars over the cookie dough. Stir to incorporate once both bars are grated. Then add the chocolate chips and nuts and stir some more. Remind yourself that although there are no eggs in this batter and you could seriously eat as much of it as you want, you might want to save some for your family…or not!
- Use a Cookie Dough Scoop to dispense cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the dough about 2″ apart to allow for some spread…like your hips might do after eating too many of these! Bake each batch for 10 – 12 minutes. Makes about 9 dozen cookies…or you could make them smaller for an even 10 dozen!
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