I think pretty much everyone has heard of the $250.00 cookie recipe. The story behind it is that Neiman Marcus charged a customer $250 for its cookie recipe, not the $2.50 she was expecting to pay. So in revenge, she circulated the recipe around for everyone to have access to.

Ever heard of the website Snopes.com? Whenever you get one of those pesky e-mail forwards about gas, or someone breaking into someone’s car or mugging them in the parking lot, or junk facebook messages, check things out on snopes. Because they will almost always know the truth behind these things.

So according to Snopes, this event with Neiman Marcus and the customer never happened. And to top it all off, they never even HAD a  “Neiman Marcus” cookie, until AFTER they developed one the incident occurred! So where in the world did this recipe originate? Who knows! (And if you do know or are the original creator, let me know!)

What I DO know is that this here version of the cookie recipe is the absolute best version I have EVER had the pleasure of stuffing into my mouth. Because of their sheer size and goodness packed-ness (yes, I just made up that word), my husband is only able to eat 1 in a sitting. And that is something else because he typically eats them like chips! :D

If you have the original version of the $250.00 cookie recipe, throw it out! I know it’s won awards at the town fairs and sold out at church bake sales and the like, but this will knock your socks off.

Well, enough talk, here’s the recipe!

$250.00 AKA Doubletree AKA Christie Cookie Recipe

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 scant teaspoon salt (Kosher is best)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold – cut up
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 skor bits or 2-3 skor bars, coarsely chopped
3/4 cups walnuts, toasted and chopped 
1 1/8 cups oatmeal (measure, then grind), ground in a blender or food processor
(This is what the oatmeal should look like ground)
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
Cream butter and sugars in large mixer bowl. Add egg and vanilla and stir until mixed. 
Add flour mixture and oatmeal gradually, stirring until incorporated. 
Stir in Skor bits, chocolate chips, and nuts. 
Scoop dough up with a quarter cup measure and shape into big balls. Press them slightly to make discs. Set the discs on a plate and chill for a few hours or until firm. You could also bake them without chilling, but they turn out a bit chewier and softer after chilling.
Place on parchment lined cookie sheets about 3 inches apart. I was extremely cautious about this the first time and put only 9 on a sheet, but soon discovered they didn’t spread out a lot and so could easily fit 12 no problem.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-13 minutes (it’s a broad range because every oven is different!). Take the cookies out when they are still slightly underdone. 
Move to wax paper lined counter to cool. You can use a rack, but be prepared for a crisper cookie instead of chewy. 
I doubled the recipe and got about 30-35 cookies out of it.