Sweet Revenge


I was looking through my dad’s recipe book and found an e-mail with a recipe for “Nieman-Marcus Cookies”. According to the e-mail there is a story behind this recipe.

I don’t know if this story is for real, but I found it amusing. The cookies are pretty damn good too.

Read the e-mail below to find out the story behind the cookies.

BTW, this e-mail is from 1995, that was like a bajillion years ago. Who knew that people back then knew how to e-mail. 😉



This message is sent to you with the hope you will forward it to EVERYONE you have ever seen the e-mail address of. In the spirit of the originator, please feel free to post it anywhere and everywhere. Okay, everyone…a true story of justice in the good old U.S. of A. Thought y’all might enjoy this; if nothing else, it shows inernet justice, if it can be called that.
My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Nieman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have a smal dessert. Because our family are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the “Nieman-Marcus Cookie”. It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and they said with a small frown, “I’m afraid not.” Well, I said, would you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile, she said, “Yes.” I asked how much, and she responded, “Two-fifty.” I said with approval just add it to my tab. Thirty days later, I received my Visa statement from Nieman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, “Cookie Recipe- $250.00” Boy, was I upset!! I called Nieman’s Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was “two-fifty,” and I did not realize she meant $250.00 for a cookie recipe. I asked them to take back the recipe and reduce my bill and they said they were sorry, but because all the recipes were this expensive so not just everyone could duplicate any of our bakery recipes…the bill would stand.
I waited, thinking of how I could get even or even try and get my money back. I just said, “Okay, you folks got my $250.00 and now I’m going to have my $250.00 worth of fun.” I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover will have a $250.00 cookie recipe from Nieman-Marcus for nothing.” I said, “I’m sorry but this is the only way I feel I could get even,” and I will. So here it is, and please pass it on to someone else or run a few copies…I paid for it; now you can have it for free.

Nieman-Marcus Cookies a.k.a Sweet Revenge Cookies

adapted from the original recipe in the e-mail (I just halved the recipe)

makes 60 cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
4 oz. Hershey Bar, grated
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

*The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (your choice), but I omitted them.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a food processor or blender blend the oatmeal into a fine powder. Place the oatmeal in a large bowl and add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder, mix together.

Cream the butter and both sugars together until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Slowly add in the flour mixture until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate and nuts (if using).

Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes.

Have fun!! This is not a joke— this is a true story. That’s it. Please pass it along to everyone you know, single people, mailing lists, etc…

Who would have known that 16 years later this recipe and story would still be going around?! The originator of this e-mail really did get her $250 worth!


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