Do you know about the infamous “$250 cookie” recipe”? I recently came across an old copy of this recipe in my Mom’s recipe box. Along with the ingredients and procedure, it basically says “Mrs. Fields Cookies…$250.00 recipe – give to everyone”.
Even though I had never seen this recipe before, I was pretty confident that I had NOT hit the “Motherload” for Mrs. Fields secret recipe. Since this was my first encounter with the recipe, I did a quick internet search, and found that this is very popular recipe hoax, an urban legend that has been around for a very long time. Maybe you know of the $250 cookie recipe already, but just in case you live in a cookie jar like me and don’t know the whole scoop, here’s a quick rundown of what I learned:
- What started out 50 years ago as the sharing of a secret chocolate cake recipe has evolved into what we know today as the infamous “Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe” giveaway hoax. Each version over the years has a similar undertone. All the tales recount a corporate conglomerate ripping off or duping some innocent patron who’s only request was asking for the cake or cookie recipe. In all accounts, the requests were granted but not without asking for an unreasonable amount of money in exchange. Feeling scathed in way or another, the innocent patron gets revenge by recanting their tale of whoa, sharing the recipe and then asking others to do the same.
- The most current and probably most known version of this story is the Neiman Marcus $250 cookie recipe. This version begins with a woman and her daughter having lunch at Neiman Marcus and out of their love for cookies, ordered a chocolate chip cookie as dessert. LOVING the cookie so much the woman asked the waitress if she could have the recipe. She was told no at first but then when she offered to buy the recipe the waitress agreed. When the woman asked how much, the waitress replied “two fifty”. Agreeing to the charge of what she thought was $2.50, the woman requested to have the fee put on her credit card tab. Upon receipt of her monthly bill, the woman noticed she was actually charged $250.00 for the recipe. After questioning the bill, she was informed that she had to pay it and there was no legal recourse for the outrageous charge. In turn, to spite the department store, she recounted her experience and shared the chocolate chip recipe via chain letter to everyone she knew, and urged them to pass it on.
Whatever the story and whatever the version, I personally made these chocolate chip cookies and can say they were delicious!
I do urge you to pass on this recipe but ONLY because I think it makes for one good cookie!
Here’s the recipe and some tips and tricks I used when making them…
TIPS AND TRICKS:
- For starters, I halved this recipe and it made plenty
- Grind all the oatmeal into fine powder
- Instead of grating, I chopped the chocolate bar in the mini processor until finely flaked
- Bake cookies on the middle rack
- I refrigerated the dough for about 30-40 minutes before baking
I really liked these cookies, they were actually pretty darn good. I do bake to perfection an assortment of Italian inspired cookies so please don’t take this stamp of approval lightly. I say go ahead and give these a try and let me know what you think!
Mrs Fields Cookies - $250.00 Neiman Marcus Cookie
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 4 cups flour
- 5 cups oatmeal
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp bakng powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 24 oz chocolate chips
- 8 oz Hershey Chocolate Bar (grated)
- 3 cups chopped walnuts optional
- Cream together the butter and both sugars. Then add the eggs and vanilla.
- In separate bowl mix together flour,oatmeal,salt,baking powder,baking soda. Mix together all ingredients. Then add the chocolate chips,walnuts and grated chocolate bar. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet. Make even golf size cookies and space them 2" apart. Put them into a 375 degree F preheated oven and bake for 6 minutes. This recipe should yield 112 cookies.
*Content in this recipe was updated from original post of August 24, 2013*