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Urban Legend cookies

Tonight, a cookie recipe.

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.


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
2 eggs
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.



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Mar. 7th, 2003 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, so you also make variations of normal chocolate chip cookies! I'm kind of over-cookied at the moment, but I've made so many recipes like this I know I can vouch for it anyway, and I'll try it soon!

Btw, it looks like there's just enough cocoa to color, and less chocolate chips than the canonical recipe?
Mar. 8th, 2003 05:39 pm (UTC)
It's always worthwhile to add more good stuff to chocolate chip cookies. :)

Yeah, I added cocoa just because I always want a bit more chocolate (but without extra sweetness) - it could probably be safely increased to a couple more tablespoons. And actually I started out with 12 oz. of chocolate chips, but it was way too many. They were falling out of the dough when I tried to roll it into balls. Hate to say there's ever too much chocolate in something, but in this case I was just wasting it. Still, 10 oz might work...
Mar. 8th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
variating chocolate chip cookies ROCKS
I've been known to variate on chocolate chip cookie recipes too. My favorite recipe (and most popular too, btw, I even got it printed in a daily recipe email list) is the one with butterscotch, chocolate, and peanut butter chips. Mmmmm drool worthy. Lemme know if ya want the recipe, I'll post it here or in my own LJ.
Mar. 10th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: variating chocolate chip cookies ROCKS
I'm glad that you also variate on chocolate chip cookies! This was my original answer; I deleted it because when I read the original post again, I realized I was missing the point, but I seved it because I don't want to type it in again. It's a really great list, and I'd love your contribution to it!
Mar. 10th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: variating chocolate chip cookies ROCKS
LOL as soon as I remember which journal I wrote the recipe in, and dig it out, and make sure the flour is wiped out of the pages (tee hee) I'll post in my LJ with the recipe, feel free to add me to your friends list if ya wanna.
Mar. 10th, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: variating chocolate chip cookies ROCKS
Wow - I think if I tried that, I'd never actually finish the recipe. I'd just eat the butterscotch, peanut butter, and choc. chips straight. :) (Though, go ahead and post it if you find it - sounds great!)
Mar. 11th, 2003 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: variating chocolate chip cookies ROCKS
Found it ... so I won't take up lemonlye's journal space (har har) I'll post it in mine.
Mar. 11th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
mmmmm tasty! :)
Apr. 17th, 2003 05:59 am (UTC)
Cookie recipe
These cookies are great! "Chocolate chip cookie" is one of my favorite phrases in the English language and I can never resist trying them. Interesting flavor, great texture...highly recommended!

Kris in Perth, Western Australia
Apr. 17th, 2003 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Cookie recipe
Glad they worked out for you! I think the peanut butter helps contribute to the texture...
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