Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Published August 22, 2017. Updated February 8, 2019

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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
4.95 from 17 votes

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

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
Prep20 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour



  • 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. 
  • Add ground oats to a large mixing bowl along with flour baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk 20 seconds. Set aside. 
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined. 
  • 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. 
  • 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).
  • 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). 
  • 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).
  • Bake in preheated oven until nearly set but slightly under-baked, about 10 minutes.
  • 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. 


  • 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*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 135mg4%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Carolina

    For the Nieman Marcus chocolate chip cookies you call for a 4oz chocolate bar, is that a regular candy chocolate bar?

    Thank you,

  • Heather

    This is not the real Nieman Marcus recipe and that tale has long been told and is confirmed false.

  • Dee

    Like Jasmine, I had the same oat flavor taste to my cookies as well. I also thought it might have been my taste buds as well so I had someone else in my household try them. They also stated that the cookies did have an “oat-y” flavor. I followed the instructions as written above. Jaclyn, you did mention substituting more flour for the oats but you did not specify how much oats to remove and how much flour to substitute in its place.

    Other comments mentioned that the “original cookie recipe” is listed on the Neiman Marcus website but when I went on there to compare the two recipes, I could not locate it on the main or corporate Neiman Marcus sites. Could someone leave a link to the NM cookie recipe? Thanks!

  • Dee

    I have used the same chocolate chip recipe for over 20 years, until today. These cookies are delectable, a little crisp chewy the flavor will blow your mind. Everybody loves them.

  • Crystal Lee Utley

    If you don’t have a food processor do you have to use oats on a Neiman Marcus chocolate chip

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      You would need to add more flour if you didn’t use oats (about 3/4 cup). Another option would be to try oat flour from the grocery store (same weight).

  • Lin

    Neiman Marcus published a response to this “urban myth cookie recipe” many years ago. This never happened and this recipe is from “The All American Cookie Book” by Nancy Baggett. They published the “real” recipe and it is on their website.

  • Matt

    Nice recipe. But, it is not “The REAL Newman Marcus Cookie.” The real recipe is posted on the retailer’s website.

  • CCCM

    Researched, compared and tried many of the so called “NM Cookie” recipe. This one by far is the best. Outstanding chocolate chip cookie. My 1/4 measuring cup was excellent for scooping out the batter and molding in to a cylinder. Cookies were perfectly shaped coming out of the oven. 1/2 cup makes the XL cookie that they sell at NM for $5. In addition to be being a cookie monster, I’m also a coffee lover. The one ingredient that I’d add from the other recipes, instant coffee. I use one packet of Starbuck’s Via Italian Roast. Perfection.

    • Jasmin

      I just made these!!!
      I added 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder. Thanks :),
      Otherwise i followed instructions/recipe to a T!
      But these tasted more oatmeal like to me. Texture was good. I dont mind the oatmeal taste but not sure if my taste buds are off? Lol. I will try the cookies again later. I find I cant eat anything i bake until later coz they are off to me. Also Maybe I grounded up the oat flour too much? I finely ground them. I did measure the flour and oatmeal by the grams?

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        You could try subbing in a little more flour and reducing the oats some for a less oat-y flavor.