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