Comment by Jack Canard: (added February 1, 1997)

Comment by Jack Canard: (added December 2, 1996)

Neiman-Marcus Cookie Story

This is a true story. Please pass it on!!!

My daughter & I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas & 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....

          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

     Makes 112 cookies.

Enjoy the Cookies!