Baking: Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies


As the holiday season falls close, I needed to start baking for my friends as a part of their Christmas presents. To decide what to bake, I searched a ton of website and decided on three. The first of three was the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie. Apparently, there is a myth related to the cookie.   Based on the Neiman Marcus website, it was because a woman was charged $250 for a cookie recipe – when she had thought it would cost $2.50. Because of that, she’d share it with the world. 


The recipe itself wasn’t difficult to make, but somehow, they just didn’t turn out as nice as I thought they would.  They were crispier than I wanted them and spread a lot. So much that in some cookies it had holes in it because the proportion between cookie dough and chocolate chips was off. Also, when I looked on different websites, there were other recipes using ground oats and such. Maybe I’ll have to try those again.


(adapted from here)

½ cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2) Place the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl and use a hand mixer to beat for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is fluffy.
3) Beat in the egg and vanilla for 30 seconds longer, until well combined.
4) Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in another medium sized bowl.
5) Add to the dry mixture to the wet, beating slowly.
6) Stir in the chocolate chips and espresso powder until well mixed.
7) Prepare cookie sheet with foil and spray with Pam.
8) Scoop the cookies out – using 1 tablespoon – drop the cookie down onto the cookie sheet. Space out the balls of dough since the cookies spread a lot.
9) Bake for about 9 minutes – bake for a bit longer for crispier cookies!


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