Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Chocolate Chip Cookies with 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 Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I got this recipe from my cousin when I was a teenager and they’ve 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 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 thickand deliciously chewy.

Chocolate chip cookie dough in mixing bowl.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • 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

Chocolate Chip Cookies Neiman Marcus Recipe

How to Make These 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.

Close up image of Chocolate Chip Cookies in bowl.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies - Neiman Marcus Recipe

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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 256 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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
Chocolate Chip Cookies - Neiman Marcus Recipe
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.


  • 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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