Sometimes urban myths can be delicious. I've tried baking one with great results yesterday. The urban myth I'm referring to is the one about the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe. In case you don't know the story, a few years ago an (hoax) e-mail started circulating claiming someone had been charged (more or less unknowingly) 250 dollars for this recipe and decide, as a sort of revenge, to send it through the web. As a result Neiman Marcus was bombarded by e-mails, they denied (and still do) the story. Still to stop the rumours they published their recipe openly on their own web page. Another version of the story claims that the chocolate chip cookie recipe was developed after the whole e-mail hoax case exploded.
Whichever is true (I like the second story better) one can't help noticing that the two recipes are quite different (for examples the e-mail one has oats which don't appear in the official one). I had received the famous mail and I think I still have the recipe saved somewhere on my old iMac. What brought the story back to mind was a page about it in Leite's Culinaria and since the comments to the recipe where so enthusiastic I decided to try it out.
I'm not going to give the recipe as you can find it clicking here. The whole preparation is very easy and quick and the cookies... oh boy, the best I've had. The cookies are full of chocolate chips (yes!), sweet but not too sweet, chewy and the addition of the small amount of coffee gives a great aroma. My only problem with them is that German chocolate chips don't seem to be that temperature resistant, they melt a bit. On the other hand that means that if you press the cookies before they completely "expand" you can get cool psychedelic chocolate patterns on your cookies.... groovy!