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Neiman Marcus Cookies

Famous Neiman Marcus cookies are loaded with ground oats, nuts, chocolate chips and grated chocolate. They have a soft chewy texture that is crowd pleasing!

Love loaded cookie recipes? Try this cowboy cookie, monster cookies and triple chocolate cookies, too!

Stacked Chocolate Neiman Marcus Cookies.
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If you’ve never tried Neiman Marcus cookies before, they taste like a mix between a chocolate chip cookie and an oatmeal cookie! Made with two types of chocolate, crunchy nuts and ground oats, they are super soft and chewy with great texture.

Some may know Neiman Marcus for their shopping, but their cookies are the real star of the department store! It’s rumored that a woman once paid $250 for the famous recipe while dining in their store café.

The rumor has been debunked and the store has since then published a different recipe, but not before the rumor was circulated around the internet via an email chain and made by hundreds of home cooks!


The secret ingredient in these glorified chocolate chip cookies is the ground oats which makes them super chewy!

Neiman marcus cookie ingredients on counter.
  • Butter: Slightly softened butter makes these cookies golden brown and adds rich flavor.
  • Sugars: Both granulated and brown sugar add sweet taste.
  • Baking staples: All-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda vanilla extract and salt for structure, rise and flavor.
  • Eggs: To bind the ingredients together.
  • Old fashioned rolled oats: Oatmeal is ground into a course texture, it gives the cookies amazing texture and flavor.
  • Chocolate chips: Any type of chocolate chip works, although I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Hershey bar: Another secret ingredient to the cookie! Freeze a Hershey’s bar or Symphony bar then grate it for best results.
  • Chopped nuts: Walnuts or pecans both work.

How to Make Neiman Marcus Cookies

Making Neiman Marcus cookies.
  • Mix. Cream together the softened butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy. Then mix in the eggs and vanilla just until combined.
  • Combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture until combined. Then fold in the chocolate (both the chips and grated Hershey’s bar) and nuts into the dough.
  • Scoop. Scoop the dough into balls and place onto a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake. Bake in the oven at 375°F for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are just barely golden. Let them cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Baking Tips

  • Don’t overbake. This is KEY! The cookies may look a little underdone when you remove them from the oven, but they will harden up fast. So be sure not to overbake them for super soft and gooey insides.
  • Blend the oats. Blended oats are the secret ingredient in this recipe! They add a delicious nutty flavor and give the cookies their perfectly soft and chewy texture.
  • Hershey’s bar. The pieces of grated milk chocolate from the Hershey’s bar take this recipe over the top. Freezing the chocolate bar first makes grating the chocolate way easier.
  • Add extras on top. After scooping the dough into balls, I like to stick a few more chocolate chips and nuts on top to make the cookies look extra pretty.
  • Doubling. This recipe is super easy to double if serving a crowd!
Neiman Marcus Cookies on wire rack.

Storing + Freezing

Store: Once the cookies have cooled completely, transfer them to a covered container or zip top bag. They will stay fresh at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Freeze: You may also freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours before enjoying.

Stacked Neiman Marcus cookies.

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Neiman Marcus Cookies on wire rack

Neiman Marcus Cookies

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Famous Neiman Marcus cookies are loaded with ground oats, nuts, chocolate chips and grated chocolate. They have a soft chewy texture that is crowd pleasing!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 30


  • 1 cup unsalted butter , slightly softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups rolled old fashioned oats , grind in a blender
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips , 12 ounce bag
  • 4 ounce Hershey bar or Symphony Bar , frozen
  • 1 cups chopped nuts , walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and mix just until combined.
  • Whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and ground outs in a separate bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture while mixing.
  • Fold in chocolate chips, nuts and grate the hershey bar in with the chips.
  • Scoop the dough onto a lined cookie sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the edges are just slightly golden brown. They may come out looking a little doughy but they will harden up fast. Allow to cool for 2 minutes on the pan and then move to a cooling rack.
  • Once cooled store in a covered container for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.


Note: This recipe is halved from the original recipe. It’s easy to double! 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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