Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies

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.

Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies - lots of chocolate in every delicious bite!

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

Looking at a beater full of creamy vegan butter and sugar whipped together in a stand mixer.

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.

Making the oat flour for vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies

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.

Hot out of the oven - Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies with Chocolate Chips

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!

Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies

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

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
  • Chocolatey
  • 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 - lots of chocolate in every delicious bite!

Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies

These Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies deliver lots of chocolate in every delicious bite!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 70 servings
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 1251
% Daily Value*
Fat 139g214%
Saturated Fat 41g205%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 1378mg57%
Potassium 1347mg38%
Carbohydrates 293g98%
Fiber 15g60%
Sugar 173g192%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 438mg44%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

I know the ingredients make this recipe a little more pricey than my usual recipes, but I promise you, the results will be worth it. Save it up for something special, like holiday baking, and make it a special day!
 
If you’re interested in freezing some of your cookie dough, here’s a photo as a guide. Simply use your cookie dough dispenser to create cookie dough balls and a baking sheet and freeze them. Then store in a freezer bag.
You can freeze some of your Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookie Dough Balls to have them ready in a few minutes!

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13 Responses to Vegan Neiman Marcus Cookies

  1. The Neiman Marcus recipe was the only thing my mother ever baked from scratch in my life! It was the first thing I attempted to veganize so many years ago before I knew anything about baking. I am sure yours is a much more delicious version!

    • You’re so right – if I baked this much at a time, I would not be fitting into my jeans anymore! Although I wish I could eat like that, it’s not in the cards for me. Sometimes I’ll make half of this recipe, but my favorite thing to do is to prepare all the batter, bake half the cookies, and make the rest of them into balls and freeze them. That way I can pop a few cookies in the oven at a time and have fresh-baked vegan chocolate chip cookies on the ready! *Sigh*

  2. Can’t wait to try these! Have you ever tried simply using oat flour instead of the ground up oats? I know that oat flour wasn’t super available prior to a few years ago so maybe that’s why you end up having to make your own in this recipe. Or do you think you need the ground oats for texture? Thanks!!

    • Hi Katrina. I haven’t tried using oat flour, but I bet it would work here. You can use 1/4 cup less per cup if you use oat flour instead of regular oats. Does that make sense? But I will admit to your final point – I like using the ground oatmeal because I can choose to leave it a little on the course side…and I like the texture it provides. That’s just me!

    • Hi CM! Great catch — this recipe did not call that out but that is now corrected. I used rolled oats in this recipe. Thanks for your comment! ❤️

    • Hi! Just wondering, would it be better if I chilled the cookie dough overnight/for a few hours?

    • You can chill the dough overnight or for a few hours if you’d like. I have done that with this recipe and it’s worked fine. Sometimes I’ll even scoop it into cookie dough balls and then freeze the cookie dough balls. That way you can cook one batch of cookies at a time.

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