A chocolate chip cookie, is a chocolate chip, is a chocolate chip ... right? Well. Maybe not. At least we can agree that not all cookies are made the same. Or maybe it's you can't make cookies without breaking a few eggs. Or something. But, cookies: YAY!
There is an internet legend that surrounds these cookies, and if you've spent any amount of time scouring the interwebs for cookie recipes, you probably have come across it. And if, by some miracle of the internet, you haven't heard the myth behind these cookies: settle in 'round the fire for story time, campers.
The story goes a mother and daughter (though the first time I heard the tale it was a father and daughter) had lunch at Neiman's - which included the famed chocolate chips cookies. The mother asked if they could share the recipe, the server said no - but it was for sale. How much, you ask? Oh, two-fifty. Sounds like a steal the the mother, so she agrees. Then a month (sorry - but who doesn't look at the receipt when paying for a meal?) later she sees her bill from the department store and it's way, way, way higher than she could account for, so she looked at the detail and saw a $250 charge for a cookie recipe. The HORROR! She called customer service and complained, but they wouldn't take back the recipe and refund her money. So, when faced with actually having to pay a ridiculous amount of money for a cookie recipe (I mean ...), what's a gal to do other than take to the internet for revenge and post it for the world to have for FREE? Yup. Pretty much.
So. This lovely, lovely interweb myth is just that: a myth. Apparently, before this recipe started floating around on the internet (which as far as I can tell, was basically right after Al Gore gave birth to the world wide web) Neiman-Marcus didn't even have a chocolate chip cookie on their menu. Then after this story started circulating, they suddenly had a chocolate chip cookie on their menu (and have subsequently put "the recipe" on their website for free). I smell the world's best sleeper marketing campaign. Ever.
There are several recipes (other than the official one) floating around out there - all slightly different. I combined the best of everything to make one ridiculously delicious cookie, because that's how I roll.
There's a lot crammed into this cookie: two kinds of chocolate; espresso powder; pulverized oats; and PECANS. And to me, the best thing about these cookies is how they bake up: crispy on the outside edges and still chewy on the inside. Ugh. So. Good. Utter. Perfection.
Neiman-Marcus Chocolate Chips Cookies
2 1/2 cups of oats blitzed through a food processor
2 cups flour sifted
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 TSP espresso powder
1 cup butter (two sticks), room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces milk chocolate, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the blitzed oats, sifted all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder.
Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
Add in the flour and oat mixture in three sections, making sure to fully incorporate before adding more (Note: you may have to increase your mixer speed a bit here to keep the paddle turning, this dough gets thick). Moving forward you have two choice: add the following ingredients by hand, or proceed with caution but use the mixer. I use the mixer for adding the two types of chocolate - but I hand mix in the nuts because ... that's how I was taught to do it as a wee thing. Anywho: add the chocolate chips, the chopped chocolate, and the pecans.
Using a #70 cookie scoop (or a Tablespoon) drop cookies onto Silpat covered cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly using a fork or back of a spoon.
Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool for a couple of minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.