Neiman Marcus Cookies

Liz commented on my Father’s Day post about the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe. I absolutely adore it and it is straight from Neiman’s website. You may or may not have received a forward about it over the past few years. The original story was that it was sold in a Neiman’s restaurant for $500 or some other equally ridiculous sum. While this isn’t a true story, the recipe really is delicious. I usually omit the espresso powder and instead of regular table salt, I use kosher salt. I think the salt makes all the difference in this recipe. It’s also good when you add peanut butter chips to the recipe.


Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


  • Liz

    YAY! Thank you!!!

  • I am going to try these this week. Thanks for sharing.

  • janet

    yes!! i printed this the first time you posted it and every time i make it, people go gaga over it. i leave out the espresso powder too. mmm! xo

    • Rachel

      They are so so good. I’m glad you’re lovin’ the recipe. I can’t take any credit – it’s all Neiman’s! 🙂

      How’s life otherwise, Janet? Enjoying sweet lil’ baby J?

  • janet

    Hello Rachel! I’m going well. Especially well, actually, because Jonah is napping during the day now so he’s happier and so am i. Having an overtired baby was so draining and stressful, but now I’m enjoying him so much more. He is a different little man and i’m so glad that’s he’s not the tired, grizzly version of himself all the time. So yes! I have a totally new lease on life and it’s awesome. Who would have thought sleep would make such a difference. He’s up on hands and knees doing the “praying mantis” a lot now, and I can see his 3rd tooth ready to cut through. He already has the bottom middle two, but this new one is going to be beside where the top middle will go… might look a bit funny, hehe.

    About your latest post, I LOVE the MW zigzag rugs. They’re not something you can get without a lot of trouble here, so I’ll live vicariously through you for the moment. 🙂

    And your new profile pic – you look a million $! Hope you’re feeling like that too.

    Love, j

    • Rachel

      Mmmm, naptime. It really is the best time. I’m going to be sad when Jude outgrows naps all the way around. I think we’ll institute a required “quiet time” during the afternoon because it really is nice to decompress and just be still for a little bit. I use it for blog time and the occasional nap for me too. 🙂