My favourite is the old chestnut Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe email. My sister actually received it the other day and had never heard of the urban legend so she forwarded it on to me! I just can't believe that a similar legend - involving a red velvet fudge cake has been going since approx. 1948.
It loses something over here in the UK because we don't get Neiman-Marcus products - but if you go to their site they have actually acknowledged the legend by posting their recipe up on the web!!
Here are the links I sent to my sisterhttp://www.snopes.co...umer/cookie.asp http://www.neimanmar...ie_recipe.jhtml http://urbanlegends....ly/aa071397.htm
And here is the email as received - I felt kinda happy about receiving it because this was the first time I had seen it in the flesh so to speak:
A little background: Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know
Already, is a very expensive store; I.e., they sell your typical
$8.00 T-shirt for $50.00.
THIS IS A TRUE STORY! My daughter and I had just finished a
Salad at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas, and we 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, But you can buy the recipe." Well, I asked how much, And she responded, "Only two fifty-it's a great deal!" I agreed to that, and told her to just add it to my
Tab. Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement, And the Neiman-Marcus charge 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 was outrageous!
I called Neiman's Accounting Department and told them The waitress said it was "two fifty", which clearly does not mean "two Hundred and fifty dollars" by any reasonable interpretation of the Phrase. Neiman-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 the Accounting Department lady the Criminal statutes which govern fraud in the state of Texas. I threatened to report them to the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney General's Office for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want. Don't bother thinking of how you Can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of
Your money back."
I just said, Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm Going to have $250 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 cookie Recipe from Neiman-Marcus...for free. She replied, "I Wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you ripped me off!" and slammed down the phone.
So here it is! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can Possibly think of. I paid $250 for this, and I don't Want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make another penny off of this recipe!
NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved)
2 cups butter
24 oz.chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 cups sugar
18 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
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
Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.
PLEASE READ THE RECIPE AND SEND IT TO EVERY PERSON YOU
KNOW WHO H! AS AN E- MAIL ADDRESS! THIS IS REALLY
TERRIFIC!! Even if the people on your e-mail list don't eat
Sweets send it to them and ask them to pass it on.
Enjoy the cookies, they are really good!!
How cool is that - I feel part of the legend now!!