Nieman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe came to me from a friend on the Internet. It was reputed to be the recipe from Nieman Marcus that someone asked for and was charged for, so in revenge published it to the world. I have since read that the story is not true, but nonetheless, they're damn good cookies.

I organized it my way and added notes about things.


1 cup butter (two sticks) softened, not melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar             

2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla                        

2 cups flour
2 cups blended oatmeal**      

1 tsp. baking powder           
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt (omit if using salty nuts)

1 cup chopped nuts (your choice)
1/2 cup coconut optional, toasting also optional
16 oz. total of cholocate
    12 oz. chopped semisweet choco bars like Dove
    4 oz. chopped sweet choco bars like Dove
    It works well to use plain old Hershey's chocolate chips too.

** Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.
   Or is it blend oatmeal, then measure?  There's a difference 
   of about 20%.

   Nowadays (2003), I use Scot's porridge oats, which are smaller than 
   normal American oats, and don't bother to blend them first.

Method o Cream the butter and both sugars with mixer. o Add eggs and vanilla, mix some more. o Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. o Add chocolate chips and nuts, final mixing by hand. o Divide dough into six approximately equal parts, roll into logs. Each log is sliced into 12 cookies. Place them 4 x 6 on a baking sheet. Logs can also be frozen, sliced, and baked another day. o Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 72 cookies. first batch can take 12 mins (cold sheet)