Sunday, January 27, 2013

Love Is A Warm Cookie

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Some years ago (in 1995 to be exact), I came across a story about a woman who inadvertently bought a Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe for $250 and was giving it away free on the internet to protest Neiman-Marcus' refusal to refund her money. I have absolutely no idea whether or not this story is true but I saved that recipe nevertheless. This week, after nearly 18 years, I decided to try out that recipe in order to put my new KitchenAid mixer to the test. I made a few minor changes like eliminating the nuts and the entire Hershey bar, as well as adding some raisins, but otherwise I followed the recipe. The one other modification I made was to reduce the quantities. The original recipe makes about 112 cookies which was waaaay too much for my family (or so I thought), so I quartered it and made about 3 dozen.

In retrospect, I should have halved the recipe, or maybe even gone whole hog and made the originally intended 112 cookies. I say this because my children and, quite surprisingly, my husband were eating them hand over fist. (Okay, I'll confess...I had quite a few myself.) They turned out really well. The first three dozen lasted less than 24 hours, much to the dismay of my husband who promptly declared I was to make more as soon as possible because they were delicious. Then, again quite surprisingly, he gave me a hug and a kiss. Hey, I'm no fool. If I'm gonna get paid off in hugs and kisses then I'm gonna bake. This morning I did just that and whipped up another forty cookies. The photo above was taken a couple of hours after they were baked and you can see that there are quite a few less than 40 cookies on that plate. As of this writing, about 14 hours later, there are only eight left and when I pass the cookie jar on my way to bed...let's just say I predict a sweet midnight snack in my immediate future.

If you're in the market for hugs and kisses, not to mention the undying affection of your children and their visiting friends, give these cookies a try. Below is the original recipe I found on the internet those many years ago. I can't vouch for whether they are actually attributed to Neiman-Marcus but I can vouch for their delicious-ness. Enjoy!

NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be quartered or halved) 

2 cups (4 sticks) butter 
24 oz. chocolate chips 
4 cups flour 
2 cups brown sugar 
2 tsp. soda 
1 tsp. salt 
2 cups sugar 
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar grated (I eliminated this)
5 cups blended oatmeal 
4 eggs 
2 tsp. baking powder 
2 tsp. vanilla 

Optional: 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice) (I added raisins instead. Soak them for about 15 minutes or more and drain before adding to the dough.)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet 

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.  

Ballo ergo sum
- Gitana, the Creative Diva

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