Got an email a while back, which contained, supposedly, the top-secret Neiman-Marcus chocolate-chip-cookie recipe. This was an urban legend; if you haven't heard about it, Snopes.com explains it better. Or, if you want the actual Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe, you can have that too: it's never been a secret, apparently.
Anyway, although I soon learned it was merely an urban legend, the original emailed recipe looked kind of good, so I adapted it, changed some stuff, and came up with this, which is of course TOP SECRET. So top secret that I'm posting it on the internet.
URBAN LEGEND CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter (Replacing some of the original butter w/ peanut butter makes it much healthier, and tasty too. Unless of course you're allergic to peanuts, in which case it makes it toxic.)
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. oats
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 TB cocoa powder
1 TB instant coffee crystals/powder (the Secret Ingredient, I think)
8 oz. chocolate chips
Cream butter with both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips last. If too dry, add tablespoons of milk one at a time (3 TB did it for me).
Roll into balls, and press onto a greased cookie sheet. These don't spread much, so you can place them rather close together. Bake 10 mins at 350. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Let me know how it goes, if you try it.