The $250 Neiman-Marcus recipe

J0439245My friend Nicki sent Anita and me an email today that went like

"Super unhealthy but I thought you two might appreciate this!


Please forward when you finish reading! 

A little background: 
if you don't know already, is a very expensive boutique shop (they sell a
typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00) 

My daughter and I had just
finished lunch at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas USA . Because both of us are
such biscuit lovers, we decided to try the 'Neiman-Marcus cookie'. It was so
excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe. The waitress said with
a small frown, 'I'm afraid not, but you can buy the recipe.' 

I asked how much, and she
responded; 'Only two fifty – it's a great deal' 
I agreed to that, and told her
to add it to my bill. 
Thirty days later, I got my Visa statement, and the
Neiman-Marcus charge was $285. I looked at it again, and I remembered I had
only spent $9.95 for two sandwiches and about $20 for a scarf. At the bottom of
the statement, it said, 'Cookie Recipe – $250.00'. That was outrageous!

I called Neiman's Accounting
Department and told them the waitress had said it was 'two fifty', which
clearly does not mean 'two hundred and fifty dollars' by any reasonable interpretation
of the phrase. Neiman-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. 

I explained to the Accounting
Department lady the criminal statutes which govern fraud in the state of Texas
. I threatened to report them to the Better Business Bureau and The Texas
Attorney General's office. I was basically told: Do what you want. Don't bother
thinking of how you can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of your
money back' 

I said, OK, you've got my
$250, and now I'm going to have $250 worth of fun. I told her that I was going
to see to it that every cookie lover in the world with an e-mail account gets a
$250 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus for free. She replied, 'I wish you
wouldn't do that.' I said, 'Well, perhaps you should have thought of that
before you RIPPED ME OFF!' and slammed down the phone. 

So here it is! Please pass it
on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250 for this, and I don't
want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make another penny from this recipe! 

may be halved as this makes heaps)

2 (500 ml) cups

680 g chocolate

4 (1000 ml) cups

2 (500 ml) cups
brown sugar

2 tsp. (10 ml)
Bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp. (5 ml) salt

2 (500 ml) cups

500 g Grated
Cadbury chocolate

5 (1250 ml) cups
blended oatmeal

4 eggs

2 tsp. (10 ml)
baking powder

2 tsp. (10 ml) vanilla

3 cups (375 ml)
chopped nuts (optional)

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 bicarbonate
of soda. 
Add chocolate chips, grated Chocolate and nuts. 
Roll into balls, and
place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. 
Bake for 10 minutes at 375°F
The above quantities make 112 cookies. Enjoy! 



Great story, hey!

Anita promptly responded: "Love it. Heart attack it a biscuit. Must go,
I have baking to do."

Really, an enormous amount of sugar, but I was so interested in the story! So I looked it up. Turns out it's not new.

Neiman-Marcus have responded.

Actually there's swathes of stuff on this.

There's even something on Wiki!

Having said all that, it's always a good day when a lovely friend sends me a new recipe and of course I'll try it. In fact I may try the actual Neiman-Marcus recipe as it has less fat and sugar.

Although after my week of salads I will be in a weakened state and may just stick with the heart attack version.


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