Neiman Marcus $250 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Would YOU pay $250 for a chocolate chip cookie recipe? Urban legend says this copycat recipe for Neiman Marcus chocolate chips cookies cost one unsuspecting customer exactly that! But I’ll give it to you for free :) 

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Would YOU pay $250 for a chocolate chip cookie recipe? Urban legend says this copycat recipe for Neiman Marcus chocolate chips cookies cost one unsuspecting customer exactly that! But I'll give it to you for free :) 

These cookies are the subject of a longstanding urban myth that goes something like this…

A woman and her daughter ate lunch at the Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a small dessert after their salads. They ordered the chocolate chip cookies and loved them so much that they begged to have the recipe.

Their waitress told them that the recipe wasn’t available to customers. The woman asked if she could purchase the recipe. The waitress told her that she could buy the recipe for “two fifty,” and the customer asked to have the amount added to her tab.

30 days later, the woman received her bill for that day– $289! She scanned the statement looking for the cause of the outrageous total and found at the bottom, “Cookie Recipe – $250.” The woman was understandably upset and contacted the billing department at Neiman-Marcus. They informed her that the charge was correct and would stand, because they wanted to establish the value of their cookie recipe. They said they wanted it to be something that couldn’t be afforded by all.

Outraged, the woman swore to spread this recipe to as many people as possible, so that no one else would ever be tricked into paying $250 for the cookie recipe ever again.

Would YOU pay $250 for a chocolate chip cookie recipe? Urban legend says this copycat recipe for Neiman Marcus chocolate chips cookies cost one unsuspecting customer exactly that! But I'll give it to you for free :) 

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