Re: Merry Christmas!

Subject: Re: Merry Christmas!
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 12:18:34 -0500 (EST)

Hello all discuss group members, 
I hate to be a wet blanket, however....................................
This is really OLD stuff!!!   I went through this whole Neiman-Marcus cookie
recipe thing a couple years ago.  Same message, probably verbatim. Sure
sounds identical, but it's been a couple years.   It proved to be a hoax at
that time.  In my ignorance of this fact, I gave the recipe to a good friend
who bakes a great deal and the cookies were a disaster, hard as rocks etc.
We were perplexed since she is a really good baker, usually,<BG>   Later, I
ran across other electronic info re: this N-M recipe story, saying that the
whole story was a hoax/joke whatever, and we decided that was why the recipe
hadn't worked.
By all means try the recipe, perhaps it's different now, however, be
forewarned that this is NOT a new story at all.  Good luck if you try the
recipe.  If it works now and is good, let me know and I'll tell my poor
friend who had to throw it all out when she tried it.  She might like to try
it again if there have been significant changes in the recipe.
Barb in NJ

At 12:52 PM 12/6/96 -0800, you wrote:
>Dear Friends & Family, 
>Thought you'd get a kick out of this story.  Happy Happy, Merry Merry. 
>Gayle, Paul & Anna
>		********************************************
>Date: Tue, 03 Dec 96 17:37:09 PST
>From: Patch Computers Ltd.
>To: '* Patch Computers Ltd. - Calgary *'
>Subject: FW: A True Story (plus a great recipe)
>Subject:        FW:  A True Story (plus a great recipe)
>Date: Thursday, November 07, 1996 7:30AM
> This is a true story that was forwarded to me. Read it and learn.
> Bake the cookies and enjoy them and then forward this to all you
> 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".
> was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> money, because according to them, "What the waitress told you is
> 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.
> 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,
> 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 may be halved.):
>      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
> 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 degrees.
> 112 cookies.
>      Have fun!!!  This is *not* a joke --- this is a true story.. Ride
> free, citizen!!