The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Growing up in Dallas, trips to Neiman Marcus were a special part of my adolescence (the company is headquartered downtown!). If I was lucky, we’d get lunch or a snack at the café and if I was really, really lucky, my mother would be in an extra good mood that would coincide with a generous sale. My fondest memories definitely come from the eating and hands down my favorite part of every meal were the popovers with strawberry butter – they always have been, and always will be. If you have the opportunity to try them (they’re served in place of bread), I can’t recommend them more. Light, buttery, flaky goodness with sweet butter…you get my drift.

So when my boyfriend gifted me this book earlier this year, I swore that the popovers would be the first thing I made. But despite having read it from cover to cover, I actually hadn’t cooked anything…until now (there was a whole thing, I wanted to cook with him because it was “special” but we just never got around to it…ya know).

Today, a few of my blogger friends + myself are sharing holiday-friendly cookie recipes to try over the next few weeks (and beyond!). Considering my love affair with this hometown institution + my relatively new acquisition of the cookbook, I knew I wanted to start baking these cookies every holiday season. While I’ve only had the real Neiman’s cookie a couple of times, I will say that that the homemade version is pretty freaking good.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

A funny story: there’s a myth that a woman requested the famous chocolate chip cookie recipe and when she received it, it came with a $250 bill. She complained, and the store wouldn’t reverse the charge because they wanted the recipe to be difficult to obtain. Neiman’s swears this isn’t true and that the recipe was never intended to be a secret. You can read the whole account here, if you’re interested. True or false, it’s a fun little tale that really just helps make this recipe…it’s full of tradition, history, and a healthy dose of sugar ;)

Don’t forget to check out recipes from Annie, Katie, Krista, and Jackie…their blogs are among my daily reads and I highly recommend you start following them, too!

Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwiches via Annie Reeves
Lemon Sugar Cookies via A Touch of Teal
Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies via Covering the Bases
Vanilla Bean Eggnog Cookies via York Avenue

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*One thing to note about this recipe is that the original recipe calls for one egg, not two, and no oil. When I was done preparing the dough, it was extremely dry and crumbly, which made it really difficult to spoon into dollops. After the first batch came out of the oven way drier and crisper than I think it should have (still tasted good, but was a weird consistency), I took a chance, tossed in a splash of oil (about half a tablespoon) and added an extra egg. Mixed it together with a spatula and put it in the fridge for a few minutes and used it for the rest of the cookies, which were then perfect! Not sure whether caused the dryness –some bloggers said it was normal with this recipe, but I could have over-mixed the dough initially– but if this happens to you, fear not!

The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie
Yields approximately 3 dozen small cookies
Adapted from Neiman Marcus Cooks


1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs* (see note above)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coffee (I used Trader Joe’s Columbian Instant)
splash of vegetable or canola oil* (see note above)


Preheat oven to 300°F and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar with an electric mixer (ideally use something with a paddle attachment like a KitchenAid stand mixer, but I used this). Beat on medium for about 6 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined (about 30 seconds).

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add this flour mixture to the mixer (the butter + sugar bowl) while beating on low speed. Beat for about 15 seconds and add in chocolate chips and coffee.

Use a tablespoon to scoop and drop the cookie dough onto the greased cookie sheet, spacing the dollops about three inches apart. Gently press down on the top of each to spread the dough slightly.

Bake for 18-20 minutes – the cookies will be browned around the edges and be slightly soft to the touch. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool the pan before re-greasing and baking another batch.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Photos by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

Classic Cape + Cyber Monday Sales

Tuckernuck Cape

[Pretty much this whole look is marked down today…keep reading for all the Cyber Monday sales + the best way to shop them!]

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: in my mind, the best kind of fashion is the kind that looks incredibly pulled together but feels like loungewear. This outfit comes pretty close to that thanks to this beautiful cape – sub-$100 find from Tuckernuck, one of my all-time favorite retailers. It’s currently on sale (use their tiered discount codes) and is the perfect thing to wear over all the basic tees and sweaters in your closet.

I was on the fence about capes and ponchos for awhile since many are printed and are slouchier than I was looking for. This one’s a bit more structured and can be dressed up or down…a huge plus in my book. Not to mention it’s still super cozy!

Tuckernuck Cape

These loafers are also worth noting…they’re really comfy and are currently also on sale (broken record, but it’s Cyber Monday sooo…). This is the second pair of shoes I’ve gotten from J.Crew Factory and despite their lower price point, have been pretty impressed by the comfort.

Tuckernuck Cape (on sale!) // J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck (on sale!) // Rag & Bone High Rise Skinny Jeans (25% off today!) //  J.Crew Factory Loafers (on sale!) // Ray-Ban Sunglasses (30% off today!) //  Loren Hope Cuff (20% off today!) // KnoxThomasDesigns Coordinates Cuff (c/o) // J.Crew Bracelet (old, but love this one)// Kate Spade New York Bag (similar, on sale! smaller version here) // Essie ‘Russian Roulette’


Tuckernuck Cape

Speaking of Cyber Monday, here’s a huge roundup of sales similar to Black Friday’s. I’ve listed out some of my picks below, too! Want to shop but need some inspiration/ have no idea where to start? Here’s what I picked up over the past couple of days, and don’t miss my recently revamped Holiday Shop of gifts for everyone on your list. You can also shop by gift guide:

For the Workout JunkieFor the HostessFor the Person Who Has EverythingFor Women – $50 and Under$25 and UnderFor Men

Also, Nordstrom, J.Crew, and Ann Taylor are having the best sales (in my mind), so scroll down to see my picks for each :)

30% off select clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches with code 30BLACKFRI
My picks: The Fire tablet is just $35 (I picked one up since I don’t have an iPad and it would be nice to have something to pull up recipes on, watch the occasional TV show, etc.), the Kindle Paperwhite is $100 and would make a great gift, and this carryon suitcase

50% off everything + free shipping on all orders with code EVERYTHING till Monday at midnight
My picks: This beautiful lace dress (perfect for holiday parties), classic black pumps, winter white, the work-appropriate pants I bought Friday (I am obsessed and they’re now $45; size down), this black lace top (perfect with a festive skirt)

25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT through Friday

30% off everything with code BLESSED + free shipping on $40+

Lots of stuff on sale + free 2-day shipping for orders $50+
My picks: One of the coziest Patagonia pullovers out there, in tons of colors for under $85!

40% off everything with code BESTCYBER
My picks: This scalloped top, this cozy sweater (SO many colors!), and this checked shirt (perfect detailing)

25% one item with code GOGIFT25 and 35% off 2+ items with code GOGIFT35
My picks: This tassel necklace and this monogrammed necklace

Prices start at 417…save 50-70%
My picks: Hard to play favorites but love this festive bow tie and this summery one

25% off orders $35+ with code BIGDEAL
My pick: Stock up on your go-to beauty products…I’m snagging more of my favorite moisturizer!

Take 10% off + 30% off select sweaters + free shipping on all orders
My picks: I always get compliments on these flats, a super comfy pair of summer sandals (seen in this post), and these sandals (see in this post)

25% off $150+, 30% $250+, 35% off $400+ with code THANKFUL
My picks: Check out the sale section and go from there

20% off everything with code THANKFUL till Monday midnight EST
My picks: this topiary brightens up my living room, I love having this custom pen holder on my office desk (it’s also perfect for makeup brushes!), don’t miss these affordable prints, and this is the planner I picked up for 2016

20% off sitewide with code MONDAZE + free standard shipping

40% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY
My picks: These earrings  (under $20!) and this bracelet set

40% off everything with code BESTCYBER
My picks: Jeans, which are normally excluded, aren’t this time around! Huge deal!

Buy 1 get 1 50% off
My picks: The perfect time to get a steal on summer sandals!

Tuckernuck Cape

20% off everything with code SUPERSALE20 through Monday
My picks: Holiday cards, gift tags, and the print I have in my apartment

40% off  a bunch of styles + 30% off everything else (no exclusions) + free shipping on all orders sale with code MONDY through tonight
My picks: This is definitely one of the best sales I’ve ever seen from the Crew… a steal on this classic toggle coat (a closet staple!), everyone’s favorite gingham shirt, a wear-with-everything light sweater, these boots, the perfect socks to wear with Bean Boots + the cutest fair isle socks (the perfect stocking stuffers!), this cable knit sweater, these pajamas (get a matching set for X-Mas AM!), and this v-neck

50% off everything (no code needed) + an additional 10% off + free shipping on all orders with code TODAYONLY through Monday
My picks: The elephant skirt (worn here), a great work skirt (it doesn’t look as mini in person),  my favorite loafers, the skirt I wore to Thanksgiving dinner (it’s amazing!), the loafers in today’s post, and flannels

30% off your entire purchase with code SHINE
My picks: The perfect work bag (under $200), this classic satchel (under $100…such a steal!!), and these studs

15% off sitewide + free shipping with code SALE15

Presents with any spend through Monday
My picks: This, this, this (simple but so good), and of course, the 2016 agendas

10% off your order + receive a $10 gift card for every $50 you spend + free shipping, always
My picks: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this pullover, a personalized tote (that shows up in half my outfit posts), this flannel (seen here), and these slippers

25% most of the site + free shipping on every order + cashmere starting at $60
My picks: L&T cashmere (comes highly recommended from a friend) in v-neck and crewneck

20% off your order with code THANKFULLY + free shipping on order $50+ through Monday night
My picks: My favorite cuff (see it in action here!)

25% off your entire purchase + free shipping through Monday with code SHOPATWORK

20% off sitewide + free shipping + free monogramming + free gift wrap
My picks: This is a #1 site for gifts in my book, so the items mentioned in my gift guide (including this phone case,this travel wallet, these gloves,) and these gorgeous coasters

$50 off all shoes (no code needed) till Monday at midnight
My picks: If you haven’t heard of M.Gemi (they’re fairly new), check out this post and prepare to be impressed. They’re a splurge but seem to be so, so worth it The Tuta, The Petalo, and The Fiero are my current favs!

$50 gift card for purchases $200+, $125 gift card for purchases $500+, etc. (including beauty + fragrance) with code GC4YOU
My picks: This cashmere duster and designer denim

40-80% off
My picks: This cashmere poncho and this DVF wrap dress

Huge markdowns + an additional 25% off some items till Monday
My picks: Impossible to narrow it down but Kate Spade studs in tons of colors for under $30, I’m seriously considering these booties in brown, cashmere gloves for under $30, beautiful Tory Burch bag and riding boots,classic black dress for under $30, my black Cole Haan coat is currently 50% off, Ray-Bans on sale, this Barbour for the boys, this quarter-zip and this fleece vest for the guys, my all-time favorite wrap is the lowest I’ve ever seen it, and my go-to cashmere is only $52!

Tuckernuck Cape

40% off everything with code BESTCYBER
My picks: This vest (seen here) and some flannel PJ shorts

20% off sitewide with code CYBERMONDAY, 25% off $250+, 30% off $500+, and free shipping, always
My picks: The Onward Reserve merch…they’re gorgy and excellent quality!

30% off any order, 50% off $350+, 70% off $700+ through Tuesday
My picks: One of my fav summer dresses, a cute duffle, this passport case

Up to 60% off already reduced items plus $25 off $125+, $75 off $250, etc. with code CYBER15

15% off $250+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1000+ with code GOBIG15 through Monday night

50% off one regular priced item + 40% off your whole purchase + free shipping on all orders, no code needed

30% off your purchase of $250+ plus free shipping + returns with code THANKS through Monday
My picks: The Robinson collection, their signature flats, these booties

15% off sitewide with code CYBER-15 + 20% off orders $200+ with code CYBER-20, 25% off orders $500+ with code CYBER-25, 30% off orders $1000+ with code CYBER-30
My picks: A classic Barbour jacket (mine’s on its way!), I got this cape the other day and it’s beautiful, this beautiful scarf for men or women, and Canada Goose, which NEVER goes on sale!

25% off regular priced items + an additional 40% off sale with code THANKS2015
My picks: This quilted jacket….the softest thing ever (seen here!), the holiday collections for women and men

20% off everything (besides fine art) with code SHOPSMALL
My picks: Tons of my gift picks come from here, so get crackin’ on that list (and treat yourself, too!)

10% off $100+, 15% off $250+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1000+

Tuckernuck Cape

Outfit photos by Katie Urban

My Black Friday Purchases


I don’t know what it was about this Black Friday, but I definitely shopped more than I have in any many years (since I went to the mall with my mom in high school and you inevitably end up picking up 5 sweaters and a bag that you don’t need). This year’s purchases were a good mix of practical/things I needed + things that were just indulgent. The good news for you is that all of these items are still marked down, mostly to the same prices as yesterday! Thank goodness for the closeness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday…except that I’m going to go hide my wallet because enough damage has been done!

Make sure and check out yesterday’s huge sale roundup– many are still going! And don’t forget to pay special attention to the small businesses…today is Small Business Saturday!

Amazon Fire Tablet ($35)–tons of markdowns sitewide: I haven’t been able to justify getting an iPad and have been wanting something similar that to travel with or watch TV on in bed (while I do things like blog). I’m pretty loyal to Apple products but finally caved and sprung for this at the amazing rate of $35.

Fitbit Flex ($79): Another thing I’ve been wanting for awhile…I was worried I wouldn’t use it but have been really diligent about tracking my steps and food (MyFitnessPal) on my phone over the past several months. This will a) be more accurate since I don’t have my phone on me all the time and b) hopefully motivate me to hit the gym more.

KitchenAid Hand Mixer ($36): My former roommate had the stand mixer and I was definitely spoiled in getting to use it when we lived together. For now, I’m settling for the hand mixer version, which luckily looks just as sleek and hopefully performs up to the KitchenAid standards we all know and love.

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream ($35): Boring but practical…picked up my favorite moisturizer while it’s 25% off + free shipping.

Duffield Lane Dress ($60): I’ve been looking for a striped navy + white, machine washable dress for forever and finally found one that didn’t break the bank. Duffield Lane is a really cute brand I discovered a few months ago and I’m excited to try out their pieces…I mean look at these dresses! You currently get $50 off a purchase of $100+ when you sign up for their email list.

Ann Taylor Devin Ponte Super Skinny Pants ($53)–40% off sitewide: Katie recommend this pair of work-appropriate pants so I ventured over to Ann Taylor yesterday to pick up a pair. I ended up with these instead and am in LOVE! They feel like leggings but can be dressed up or down as needed. They were 50% off yesterday, too, which made things even better.

Anthropologie Mug ($12)–25% off sitewide: I have no good reason for this except that it was cute and I’m obsessed. I’m usually good about impulse purchases but Anthro, you win this time.

Lord & Taylor Cashmere Sweater ($40)–tons of cashmere under $50: Cashmere is definitely a huge weakness of mine and L&T brand cashmere came highly recommended by a friend. Halogen is usually my go-to (it’s currently on sale, too!) but I decided to try something new this time around.

Plus, I checked a couple of gifts off my list…but those have to be kept anonymous! What did you snag? I’d love to know!