Most of you know, or maybe you don’t, there was a story going around about a certain chocolate chip cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus. The short version of the story: a woman was lunching at Neiman Marcus and had the most amazing chocolate chip cookie, asked for the recipe and was charged $250 for it. She was so upset by this and shared it with the world.
Now, I’m not sure whether that was true or not, but it is definitely great exposure for Neiman Marcus(which btw I’m not being endorsed for mentioning etc).
Here is the Neiman Marcus recipe direct from the source: Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie
It seems to me, over the years it has been altered a bit, with the ingredients somewhat the same. Evie and I decided to use the recipe posted by The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Sadly, we didn’t have pecans at the time so they were omitted. Side note: I’d kill for some Texas pecans =P
There are so many things a toddler can help you do while baking. It does require a truck load of patience but it can be done! I promise!! Besides, teaching them how to bake is a great life skill!
We had to blend the oats into a powder, almost like flour. Here’s where Evie came in, as I set up the food processor(best underutilized kitchen tool in our house) she measured out an even scoop of oats with the measuring cup I gave her and then dumped it into the processor. (There are a ton of activities out there of toddlers using various items and scoops to help them learn, why not show them real life examples instead? IF you can handle it that is LOL)
Once we measured out all of the oats, we put the top on the processor and pulverized away. Evie had fun pulsing the button and watching the oats turn into a powder.
Baking is such a fun science and I love sharing that with her!
Next we mixed our wet ingredients together. Cream the butter and sugar. Almost everything, I allow her to put into the bowl, although I crack the eggs one at a time into a tiny prep bowl she is allowed to pour in. I am NOT ready for her to start cracking eggs just yet!!
She is also allowed to turn on and control the mixer. She has not gotten used to the speeds yet, so often she’ll ask me to do it. She’ll learn by eye one day but for right now, I’m glad she asks!
We poured our dry ingredients next and allowed them to incorporate with the wet mixture. Then we stirred in the chocolate chips and chocolate bar.
I had to stir them in because stirring that thick dough and making sure the chips were dispersed throughout is a bit hard for a three year old to do!
Now we move on to the fun part! Aside from taste testing that is!
Evie loves rolling the cookies and our cookie scoop makes it so much easier to keep them at a consistent size! She hasn’t mastered using it yet but we’re getting there! Its a great exercise for them, especially when they love to play with play doh. They can actually put together a real world use for that skill than just play!
And we wait, 8-10 minutes. But our oven took a bit longer, probably because our cookies were a little bit bigger, about 14 minutes.
We were also making sauce that day with our favorite basil!!
I definitely loved these cookies! And I could also tell they would be much more delicious with the pecans!
This recipe whether it was Neiman Marcus or not, is a keeper!!