Monday, September 24, 2007

The Neiman Marcus Cookie

I received a complimentary copy of Women's Wear Daily (WWD) in the mail a couple weeks ago (Don't they know I shop at WalMart and Nordstrom's Rack? My idea of haute couture is a DTS logo shirt.) What follows is the fabled Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe featured in that magazine.

(A very nice lady once told me that it was "false advertising" to run a picture of a food item that was not made with the recipe featured. I don't have a picture of the actual Neiman Marcus cookie... so just so we're all perfectly clear... an old tennis shoe.)

The Neiman Marcus Cookie (from WWD)

An urban myth is a modern folk tale, its origins unknown, its believability enhanced simply by the frequency with which it is repeated. Our signature chocolate chip cookie is the subject of one such myth. If you haven't heard the story, we won't perpetuate it here. If you have, the recipe below should serve to refute it. Copy it, print it out, pass it along to friends and family. It's a terrific recipe. And it's absolutely free.

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
p.s. No, no, I haven't fallen off the wagon with respect to my kooky vegetarian ways... but I do recognize that most of you enjoy a cookie now and again that doesn't substitute apple sauce for butter...
(Pic by Cindy47452; flickr.com)

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