Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies


These Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies have a secret ingredient — ground oats! I’ve been making these for 10+ years, they’re always a crowd favorite! They have such a delicious flavor, a great texture and they’re packed with chocolate.

Stack of Chocolate Chip Cookies. Famous Neiman Marcus recipe.

Famous Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

I got this chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe from my cousin when I was a teenager, and it’s been a favorite ever since! She made a batch of these and I had to have the recipe, I was totally smitten.

The story goes, that supposedly a woman was dining at the Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas, Texas and loved their chocolate chip cookies so much she asked for the recipe. She was told by the waitress that for two fifty she could have it. She agreed and later the credit card bill arrived and that was $250.


Is it true? Not sure, but either way these Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies are so unbelievably good!

And I had no idea they had oatmeal in them because it’s ground up like a flour. I love the flavor the oatmeal adds without being overbearing.

Plus, it helps thicken up the cookies so you don’t end up with those squatty flat cookies. These are thick and deliciously chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate chip cookie dough in mixing bowl.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

  • Rolled oats
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate bar

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Preheat oven. Line baking sheets.
  • Grind outs in a food processor.
  • In a bowl whisk together ground outs, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In an electric mixer cream butter and sugars.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time then blend in vanilla.
  • Blend in flour mixture, then mix in chocolate chips and chocolate, and walnuts if using.
  • Scoop dough out nearly 1/4 cup at a time and shape into balls.
  • Transfer to baking sheets and bake until set.

Just be sure to under-bake these slightly so you don’t end up with a dry cookie. The centers should be moist and chewy and you should have those buttery, crisp edges.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Neiman Marcus Recipe

How Do I Know When Cookies Are Finished Baking?

You’ll know that these homemade chocolate chip cookies are ready to come out of the oven when they’ve gone a light golden brown around the edges and on top. The centers of these cookies will be slightly moist when you take them out of the oven.

Can I Use Salted Butter Instead of Unsalted?

It’s best if you use unsalted butter, otherwise these cookies might be too salty. Remember that you’re also adding in 3/4 teaspoon of salt as well.

How to Store Cookies

These Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies can be kept in a sealed container on your countertop for several days. If they go a bit stale, just dunk them in a little milk.

To freeze these cookies, let them cool completely on your counter. Then freeze them in a freezer-safe bag and reheat them in the oven on a low heat when you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers.

Close up image of Chocolate Chip Cookies in bowl.

Tips for Making the Best Neiman Marcus Cookies

  • Under-bake the cookies. These homemade chocolate chip cookies won’t look completely done when you take them out of the oven, but remember that they’ll continue cooking on the hot cookie sheet.
  • The butter should be softened, but still slightly firm when making the cookie dough.
  • If you don’t have a chocolate bar, you can add in more chocolate chips instead.

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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.89 from 9 votes

The famous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies, with the secret ingredient - ground Oats! I've been making these for years and they're always a crowd favorite! They have an irresistible flavor and a delicious chewy texture.

Servings: 30 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 1/2 cups (225g) rolled oats (Old Fashioned)
  • 1 3/4 cups (248g) all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened but still slightly firm
  • 1 cup (215g) dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (4 oz.) milk chocolate bar, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (170g) chopped walnuts (optional, I don't add these)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add oats to a food processor. Process oats until they are very finely ground, nearly to a flour, about 2 - 3 minutes. 

  2. Add ground oats to a large mixing bowl along with flour baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk 20 seconds. Set aside. 

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined. 

  4. Mix in eggs one at a time then blend in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until nearly combined. 

  5. Add in chocolate chips, chopped chocolate and walnuts if using and mix (you can set a few chocolate chips aside first if you want some to press into tops of dough for looks).

  6. Scoop dough out 2 oz. at a time (nearly 1/4 cup) and shape into rounds (at higher altitude I recommend making taller dough balls, so more of an oval shape, for less spread). 
  7. Transfer 9 dough balls to an 18 by 13-inch baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper, spacing them about 3-inches apart (refrigerate dough that's not currently baking).

  8. Bake in preheated oven until nearly set but slightly under-baked, about 10 minutes.

  9. Let cool several minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat process with remaining dough. Store cookies in an airtight container. 

Recipe Notes

  • Scoop into measuring cup and level top to measure flour. 
  • Walnuts not included in nutritional info.
  • Recipe source: adapted from NYT and others
Nutrition Facts
Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 135mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 19g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4.2%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, Cookies
Calories: 256 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Darrell McCracken: I made them today for my granddaughter. I only had salted butter and light brown sugar. I also added pecans and walnuts. They turned out great and she loved them. The only question I have is, what can i do to firm then up a little more? I like the soft texture. I’m a little OCD so I measured out each scoop to 2oz. February 4, 2019 at 8:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Using all brown sugar will give a softer cookie so I’d try using some white sugar next time. You can also bake a bit longer. Glad they were enjoyed! February 5, 2019 at 9:50am Reply

  • LittleTree Oppy: About 25 years ago, I learned to make this recipe in Home Economics, 6th grade. Every year I try to make these with my kids. These are my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies. I love the ground in oatmeal, makes the whole difference in the cookie.Thank you for sharing the recipe… I had lost mine. December 16, 2018 at 7:33am Reply

  • Teresa: What is a “serving size” of cookies? One cookie? Two? 1Tablespoon?
    Thanks! December 9, 2018 at 7:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is 1 cookie. December 9, 2018 at 9:31am Reply

  • Paris: I love it! These are some good cookies! I never write a review but I have to give credit where credit is due. After looking for days for the best cookies I’m happy i found these. Very filling! Will make every time. I cut the recipe in half but next time I’m making the full batch. Thanks so much for making my family smile. October 29, 2018 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Jaimi: Hi! I have made these delicious cookies several times and they are always a hit. I wanted to make them into bars instead to save some time. What cooking time/temp would you suggest for bars?

    Thank you :) October 1, 2018 at 11:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d still cook at 350 and I couldn’t say on time without testing Pan size and what not. I’d just start testing early on. And I might suggest using just a little less oats and flour since they’ll bake longer so they don’t end up dry. Hope that helps! October 1, 2018 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Roxanne: I have made these cookies and people (and me and my family also) love them. When ever I have to bring something to an event, I bring these because they are a delicious part of heaven. I am going to make some to go on a camping trip. August 24, 2018 at 4:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you’ve enjoyed the recipe Roxanne! August 24, 2018 at 9:16am Reply

  • Terrie: I love these cookies. I don’t make regular CC coolies anymore. These are my new favorite. And, I don’t feel so guilty eating them because they have oats. July 18, 2018 at 8:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a rating and comment Terrie! Glad you love them! July 18, 2018 at 11:37pm Reply

  • Har: These are delicious!
    Question- can i keep them in a tightly closed container for two days or should i freeze them and take them out the morning of my party?
    They are made with butter.
    Thank you April 10, 2018 at 1:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you can just keep them at room temperature for 2 days. Glad you liked them! I just made them again this past sunday. April 10, 2018 at 4:35pm Reply

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