Okay, I fell for it! Thanks Min for the elaborate story and recipe on the Neiman Marcus $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie. It’s almost 10 years since you shared it with me, and JUST NOW I find out the truth, the story is a hoax! I’ve tried the recipe and it’s so good! I was just going to post it as another of my all time favorite cookie recipes, did a search and the TRUTH was found. ahahahahahaha! LOL!! Little did I know that this legend has been circulating for over 50 years! OMG, I’m a sucker for a good story. Gotta bridge ya wanna sell me? :)

Here’s a TRUE story for you…and no one paid $250 for this recipe. It’s FREE ninety-FREE, ya hear me? I checked myself!

“…almost everyone has heard by now, generically known as “The $250 Cookie Recipe” and most recently associated with the Neiman Marcus company, though during the 1980s it was the bane of cookie diva Mrs. Fields.

If you hadn’t figured it out already, it is not true, by the way. It’s a classic urban legend — a variant of a popular tale traced by folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand as far back as 1948, when the ridiculously expensive recipe yielded a red velvet fudge cake belonging to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the asking price for which was $25.

The current adjusted-for-inflation version (reproduced above) is still making the email rounds and its popularity shows no signs of waning, even though it has been debunked repeatedly over the past two decades. To paraphrase the ancient Klingon proverb, “Revenge is a dish best served warm out of the oven.”

As to the recipe itself, I haven’t tried the cookies, but by most accounts it yields damn good ones (and plenty of them). No one knows whose kitchen it came from, but we do know it wasn’t Neiman Marcus, whose restaurant didn’t even sell chocolate chip cookies when this legend first began circulating. The company chefs did create a chocolate chip cookie recipe after the fact, however, which Neiman Marcus now distributes free of charge as an antidote, if you will, to the defamatory urban legend. Bon appetit!” – David Emery, About.com

NM Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, slightly crushed
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or 10 to 12 minutes for a crispier cookie. Makes 12 to 15 large cookies.