The thing about that urban legend cookie recipe...

My mom asked me tonight in an email what my favorite cookie is. I thought at first that I didn't really have an answer. Depending on my mood, most homemade cookies make me happy. If I happen to be in the mood for cookies, that is.

Then I remembered the one from that made up story that's been passed around as truth for years and years. The Supposedly Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe is, hands down, one of the most delicious cookies I've ever eaten. AND one of the most time-consuming to make, too. If I recall correctly, you have to grate a candy bar. And you have to grind oatmeal to a fine powder. But I'm telling you, it's worth every bit of effort. Mom, I guess that's my answer.

So in case nobody's ever tried it, or in case any of my readers still think the story's true, or in case readers have no idea what I'm talking about, I'll share a few links. First, from, the site where I go to check out any "this horrid thing happen you need to send this email around as a warning to everybody you've ever had in your address book," emails I get, since those who manage the site actually take the time to research the facts behind widely-reported stories. This is the page on which Snopes debunks the expensive cookie story but also tells some interesting background information about how the story morphed over time. But it's also the page where you can get the Very Much Cool cookie recipe.

Then I discovered (while googling "neiman marcus cookie recipe,") that the store has actually taken the time to develop a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Which, you'll find, they're giving away for free, rather than selling for $250, as was so widely reported.

I'm not sure about that recipe. It sounds interesting. And pretty good too. But if you're looking for a good cookie recipe, I highly recommend you give that other one a go. Too bad we don't get to know the name of the real person who developed it. I'd love to say thanks! 

Meanwhile, I'd be curious to know if anybody else has ever made 'em? What'd you think? Any other cookie recipes you'd like to share? Have at it! Just in time for the holidays...