Friday, October 2, 2009

Possibly My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Although it is 2009, I still receive the occassional the email hoax.  Just this morning, I received an email stating that a certain tech company was giving away laptops.  All I had to do was forward the email to 8 people.  And why wouldn't a company that sells laptops want to give away all of their laptops for free to millions of people all over the globe? 
And friends, when you mail said hoax, saying you don't really believe it but "You never know..."?  That doesn't make it any better.

But I do have to thank a loved one for this Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe.  You know the one about the mother having the most delicious chocolate chip cookies with her daughter at insert {Mrs. Fields/ Neiman Marcus/ Marshall Field}? And when she asked to buy the recipe, the waiter replied "Sure that will be two fifty".  The woman paid with her credit card only to discover later that it was actually $250.00 not $2.50 and as revenge she is mailing the recipe out to the world.  Well, disgruntled recipe buyer, THANK YOU. 

Money well paid.

This is the perfect chocolate chip cookie for me.  I get kind of disappointed when my chocolate chip cookies come out flat with the only texture coming from the chips sticking up, especially when they get hard.  Gooey chocolate chip cookies are fine, but I start to feel sick by cookie number 3 (who eats just one fresh out of the oven cookie?).

But this $250 cookie from your favorite department store is so not flat, so not hard, and so not gooey.  It is perfectly soft, amazingly chocolate and makes you say "I made this?".   Please make it.

So that the next time a loved one sends you an email stating something cool will happen to your screen when you forward the message to 11 people, you can give them this cookie to eat while they wait.  Cause "you never know".

What's Your Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie?

$250 Chocolate Chip Cookies (slightly adapted*)
(this makes a ton of cookies, recommend halving unless you are having a BIG party)

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder - I add a cup at a time)
24 oz. chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chips)
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey bar (grated - just chop little slivers with a non serated knife)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
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.

*The original recipe calls for 5 cups of oatmeal and 3 cups of chopped nuts (your choice).


  1. Ooh, these look tasty! The use of oatmeal in a chocolate chip cookie really suits my fancy. I have a go-to recipe, but lately they've been flat and not too pretty. Perhaps I'll try this one next.

  2. Hahaha I have always loved that story!!! Thanks for bringing it back for me! The cookies look great - totally worth the two fifty!

  3. Rachel, I like your cookie pictures on this post--a lot. Did you take these outside?
    I also wanted to mention a couple of other things that have really helped me. A reflecting kind of umbrella, either homemade (cardboard covered with foil) or a handheld thingy. Makes a huge difference in lighting up the dark shadows of your pictures without using lights. My husband just recently bought me a new tripod too. I had a cheap one--better than nothing, but he got me a good one that is SO easy to use and get different angles instantly. I love it to pieces and it has added immeasurably to my love for food photography.

  4. i'm printing this as we speak!! sounds like myyy kind of cookie!