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The only recipe for chocolate chip cookies Gina Doty makes!


Neiman marcus cookies

 Urban legend tells of a fashionista who lunched at the restaurant in the famed Dallas branch of Neiman Marcus.  After sharing a chocolate chip cookie with her daughter for dessert, she requested the recipe from her server.  While the waitress was not allowed to give away the recipe, she could sell it for "Two Fifty".  When the unabashed consumer got her bill she was shocked to find the 250 was $250.00.  After her arguments went unheard by the store's accounting department, the enraged cookie lover decided to shared the secret recipe with all her friends and family, encouraging them to share and share alike.

While several versions of the recipe can be found including different types of chocolate and oatmeal, we just loved this one Gina passed on to us.  The addition of coffee brought the flavor profile to a whole other level of deliciousness.

Hello Julie

This is the only choc. Chip recipe for a cookie I make and when I have them, I put macadamia nuts chopped in quarters in it too.


Neiman Marcus Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies

Creaming butter, sugar and egg

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 TB granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature (also can put egg into bowl of warm water for 10 min)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (Or try this Gluten Free version)
1 3/4 tsp instant coffee, slightly crushed (or King Arthur espresso powder)**secret ingredient that makes this recipe superb!
8 oz unsweetened chocolate chips


  1. Cream the butter w/ sugars til fluffy
  2. Beat in the egg and vanilla
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and beat into butter mixture
  4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or 10-12 min. for a crispier cookie.

Note: I cooked 9 min for making a large cookie (I used my large scooper).

If you have a cookie monster in your home:

Photo Credit:  Julie Cecchini

What we did with the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Neiman marcus cookies2

Gina Doty sent me an amazing recipe for Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Coffee in cookies?  I HAD to try them, like immediately.  I also had to make them gluten free.

Months later I still dream of these confections.  Not overly sweet, yet rich and yummy.  The addition of almond flour makes them a standout, in my humble opinion. 

Cream the butter with sugars until fluffy.  Beat in the egg.  Combine the dry ingredients and beat into butter mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by large spoonfuls onto a silicone baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or 10-12 min. for a crispier cookie.

More for chocolate purests:

Photo Credit:  Julie Cecchini