OK, so everyone has
heard the story. A woman is overcharged for a recipe and decided to get back by
making sure everyone in the country gets the recipe for free. My version is probably
at least 20 or more years old, so instead of being distributed online it was distributed
via fax. Ok, I may be aging myself.
chocolate chip cookies are fabulous and always cook up beautifully. These days
my husband helps me make them. The batter gets very thick so I let him stir it.
There are well worth the effort and it makes a load of cookies - approximately
what the heck, I'll give you the story that comes with this old version and the
story behind this urban legend...
A woman who works with the American Bar Association called Mrs. Field's
cookies and asked for the attached recipe. She was told there was a two-fifty
charge for the recipe. She assumed it was $2.50 and she charged it to her VISA.
It was not $2.50, but $250.00. In order to get her monies worth she is passing
the recipe out to everyone. Take a copy and give it to a friend with her blessings.
2 cups butter 2 cups sugar 2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour 5 cups oatmeal (put small amounts into blender
until it turns into powder. Measure first then blend.) 1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoon baking soda
together all ingredients.
24 oz. bag chocolate chips
8 oz. Hershey bar (grated) 3 cups chopped nuts (any kind)
ungreased cookie sheets. Make golf-ball sized cookies and place them on the cookie
sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
may seem like they should stay in the oven longer but take them out, they firm
up. Combine the final batter in a really big bowl - it's a lot! This recipe make
around 112 cookies.
Here is a "true story" almost everyone has heard by now, generically
known as "The $250 Cookie Recipe" and most recently associated with
the Neiman Marcus company, though during the 1980s it was the bane of cookie diva
If you hadn't
figured it out already, it is not true, by the way. It's a classic urban legend
-- a variant of a popular tale traced by folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand as far
back as 1948, when the ridiculously expensive recipe yielded a red velvet fudge
cake belonging to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the asking price for which was $25.
current adjusted-for-inflation version (reproduced above) is still making the
email rounds and its popularity shows no signs of waning, even though it has been
debunked repeatedly over the past two decades. To paraphrase the ancient Klingon
proverb, "Revenge is a dish best served warm out of the oven."
to the recipe itself, I haven't tried the cookies, but by most accounts it yields
damn good ones (and plenty of them). No one knows whose kitchen it came from,
but we do know it wasn't Neiman Marcus, whose restaurant didn't even sell chocolate
chip cookies when this legend first began circulating. The company chefs did create
a chocolate chip cookie recipe after the fact, however, which Neiman Marcus now
distributes free of charge as an antidote, if you will, to the defamatory urban
legend. Bon appetit!