RE: Merry Christmas! Good News

From: Detlef & Susan Johl <>
Subject: RE: Merry Christmas! Good News
Date: Sun, 8 Dec 1996 22:51:10 -0700

Dear Everyone,
	Having run across the cookie message the other day, I decided to print =
off a copy and share it with my wife.  Seeing it was a cold and dreary =
day in Montana, you know one of those that you all may have sometime.  =
The kind of day that you want to fill the house of the aroma of cookies =
baking, well, sure sounded good to us.
My wife and I set out to bake the little rascals and enjoy what we =
thought would be a gourmet cookie.  Needless to say, I had to go to the =
store and get some more ingredients. =20
	Well to make a long story good, and short, the cookies turned out just =
fine.  Great, looking good and smelling like they should.
	Now, today, I read the message that says that this story has been =
around for years, and they don't work.  Well, they are just as good as =
when they first baked.  So, go ahead and try the recipe. =20

	If your cookies turn out hard, then you didn't follow the directions.  =
As all things in life we assume too much and are too quick to act, Like =
I did, jumping at this cookie recipe.  Read the recipe carefully and you =
will enjoy yours as much as we are. =20

Thank-you    Hoax or not. =20

Sent: 	Saturday, December 07, 1996 5:18 AM
Subject: 	Re: Merry Christmas!

Hello all discuss group members,=20
I hate to be a wet blanket, however....................................
This is really OLD stuff!!!   I went through this whole Neiman-Marcus =
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 =
that time.  In my ignorance of this fact, I gave the recipe to a good =
who bakes a great deal and the cookies were a disaster, hard as rocks =
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 =
whole story was a hoax/joke whatever, and we decided that was why the =
red 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!!