The Art of Entertaining

Neiman Marcus Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 14, 2014

Ladies and Gents. I’m about to share with you the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever tried, and the easiest I’ve ever made.

Years ago, I set out to find a stellar chocolate chip cookie recipe to use as a staple in my kitchen. If you are looking too, look no further. What makes these cookies so stellar in texture is that they stay full and soft (no flattening out!). What makes these cookies taste stellar is that the espresso powder (or instant coffee powder) pairs deliciously well with the chocolate chips. I’ve never tasted better than the Neiman Marcus Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Read the modern folk tale on how the secret recipe went public for $250.

Now, the recipe.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.


Combine 1 cup brown sugar, 3 TBS white sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter.


Cream sugars and butter until fluffy.


Add 1 large egg.


Add 2 tsp of vanilla extract.


Beat in egg and vanilla extract.


In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, & 1/2 tsp kosher salt.



Add 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour.


Add 1 packet regular instant coffee powder or 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder. (I used instant coffee powder)


Combine dry ingredients and beat into butter mixture.


Eat some. NOW.


Then walk the kids to Walgreens after you realize your husband ate all the chocolate chips the night before. Buy chocolate chips.


Add chocolate chips and stir with spatula.


Drop spoonfuls on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.


No need to let cool before eating. This picture is only to look pretty.

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Serve your grateful subjects.

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Watch as they drop gooey chocolate on the floor then proceed to play in it. Stay calm and take pictures.


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Make some for yourself and tell me how you like them! ENJOY.

Below is the recipe straight from Neiman Marcus. The recipe explanation above is adjusted to my own liking.

Yields about 2 dozen cookies

½ cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the work bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla for 30 seconds longer, until well combined.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the mixer, while beating on slow speed., Beat for about 15 seconds, stir in the chocolate chips and espresso powder, and mix for 15 seconds longer.

Prepare a cookie sheet with about 2 tablespoons of shortening (or use a non-stick spray). Using a 1-ounce scoop, or using a 2 tablespoon measure, drop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet in dollops about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into 2-inch circles; there should be room on the sheet of six or eight cookies at a time. Transfer to the oven in batches and bake for about 20 minutes or until the cookies are nicely browned around the edges. Bake for a little longer for crispier cookies.



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  • Reply Marla October 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    sounds easy enough, I’ll have to try it. I’ve never been very good at chocolate chip cookies, but they look delicious.

    • Reply Vintage to Vogue Revivals October 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Oh, they are! My recipe (as seen in the photographs) differs a little from the original. Try it, and let me know what you think. Thanks for commenting, Marla!

  • Reply debbie August 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

    yum, yum these are great! I remember eating them with you. So hard to stop with just one, or two, or …:) Love your subject.

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