Neiman Marcus Urban Myth


My daughter & I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in
Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are
such cookie lovers, we decided to try the “”Neiman-Marcus Cookie””. It
was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and
waitress said with a small frown, “”I’m afraid not.”” Well, I said,
would you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile, she said,
“”Yes.”” I asked how much, and she responded, “”Only two fifty, it’s a
great deal!”” I said with approval, just add it to my tab. Thirty
later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was
$285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95
for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the
bottom of the statement, it said, “”Cookie Recipe – $250.00.”” That’s
outrageous!! I called Neiman’s Accounting Dept. and told them the
waitress said it was “”two-fifty,”” which clearly does not mean “”two
hundred and fifty dollars”” by any *POSSIBLE* interpretation of the
phrase. Nieman-Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my
money, because according to them, “”What the waitress told you is not
our problem. You have already seen the recipe – we absolutely will
not refund your money at this point.”” I explained to her the
statutes which govern fraud in Texas, I threatened to refer them to
the Better Business Bureau and the State’s Attorney General for
engaging in fraud. I was basically told, “”Do what you want, we don’t
give a crap, and we’re not refunding your money.”” I waited, thinking
of how I could get even, or even try and get any of my money back. I
just said, “”Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I’m going to have
$250.00 worth of fun.”” I told her that I was going to see to it that
every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a
$250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus… for free. She replied, “”I
wish you wouldn’t do this.”” I said, “”Well, you should have thought of
that before you ripped me off, and slammed down the phone on her.

So, here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you
possibly think of. I paid $250 dollars for this… I don’t want
Nieman-Marcus to *ever* get another penny off of this recipe….
may be halved.):


2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal **
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
2 tsp. vanilla**
Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.
Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix
together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add
chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches
apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
Makes 112 cookies.

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