Nieman Marcus Cookies

The snowstorm, abomination, or labamba,  or whatever they are calling it, is belting the northeast today.  I am lucky and do not have to brave the elements to work at the worldwide later today,  so I am breaking in our new oven with Nieman Marcus Cookies.

Our old stove died suddenly last weekend at 12 years old.  Second time the heating element in it died,so we opted not to get it fixed this time.  Not how I wanted to spend a freezing Sunday,but we found a good deal on a stove  in a short amount of time (so we get back in time to watch the Bills win and get into the playoffs courtesy of the Bengals). And the stove  got delivered on Tuesday.

This recipe is from a friend from work, Mike.  It is one of those urban legends that someone was told a recipe for a cookie from a department store (or Mrs Fields) would cost two fifty to purchase.  She thought two dollars and fifty cents,but was charged two hundred and fifty dollars.  So to get her revenge,she copied the recipe and gave it to everyone she knew (not sure if that would ease my pain).  Anyways, the cookies cane out pretty good and the oven passed the test!

Ingredients – 1 cup butter (softened), 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 1 /2 cups quick oats, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, 4 oz milk chocolate bar.

Directions –  finely drive oats in food processor.  Set aside.  Grate milk chocolate bar (you can use a gratee.  I used a food processor.  You could probably also use a blender.  In  a separate bowl, cream butter,sugar and brown sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix in ground oats.  Fold in dry ingredients.  Add grated milk chocolate.  Blend in chips.  Roll into 2-3 tbs of dough into mounds.  Chill for an hour or so.  Preheat oven to 375.    Line cookie sheets with nonstick baking liners. Stagger 8 cookies on a sheet.

bake 8-10 minutes.  Cool on sheet 5 minutes.  Remove and store in covered container.

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