This is another legendary urban myth that, much like the rocket car story, used to make the rounds regularly. We don't see it much anymore.

Date:    Mon, 23 Dec 1996 08:17:00 PST
To:      jsexton
Subject: FW: Got Milk??

  My daughter and I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in
  Dallas and decided to have a small dessert.  Because both of us are such
  cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus Cookie". It was so
  excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress
  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, "Only two fifty, it's a great deal!"  I said
  with approval, just add it to my tab.

  Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-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." That's outrageous!!

  I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was
  "two-fifty," which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars"
  by any *POSSIBLE* interpretation of the phrase. Nieman-Marcus refused to
  budge.  They would not refund my money, because according to them, "What
  the waitress told you is not our problem.  You have already seen the
  recipe - we absolutely will not refund your money at this point."  I
  explained to her the criminal statutes which govern fraud in Texas, I
  threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the State's
  Attorney General for engaging in fraud.  I was basically told, "Do what
  you want, we don't give a crap, and we're not refunding your money."

  I waited, thinking of how I could get even, or even try and get any of my
  money back. I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going
  to have $250.00 worth of fun."  I told her that I was going to see to it
  that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a
  $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus... for free. She replied, "I
  wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, you should have thought of
  that before you ripped me off, and slammed down the phone on her.

  So, here it is!!!  Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can
  possibly think of.  I paid $250 dollars for this... I don't want
  Nieman-Marcus to *ever* get another penny off of this recipe....  (Recipe
  may be halved.):

       2  cups butter
       4  cups flour
       2  tsp. soda
       2  cups sugar
       5  cups blended oatmeal **
       24 oz. chocolate chips
       2  cups brown sugar
       1  tsp. salt
       1  8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
       4  eggs
       2  tsp. baking powder
       3  cups chopped nuts (your choice)
       2  tsp. vanilla
  ** Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.

  Cream the butter and both sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla; mix together
  with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips,
  Hershey Bar and nuts.  Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a
  cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.  Makes 112 cookies.


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