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$250 Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Here is a delicious cookie recipe.

Based on the infamous Neiman Marcus cookie recipe story, (legend or truth I do not know), where a woman asked how much it cost for the recipe of the cookies at the Neiman Marcus Department store. Told “two-fifty”, she paid with her credit card. Only later she checked her statement and realised the store had actually charged her $250 instead of the $2.50 she thought it was. In disgust she sent the recipe out for free to everyone she could think of.


The recipe makes a LOT of cookies. I divided the mixture into three lots and froze two for freshly baked cookies another day.
The traditional recipe is below and I have also included a link to the Thermomix version.

$250 Chocolate Chunk Cookies

250g butter, softened
150g brown sugar
220g white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
250g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate soda
1tsp baking powder
Pinch sea salt
300g rolled oats
150g toasted almonds, finely chopped
150g roasted and salted macadamias (or pecans, walnuts etc), finely chopped
250g milk chocolate, grated or finely chopped
250g chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line several baking trays with baking paper and set aside.
Place butter and sugars in bowl and cream with a hand held mixer until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and mix well.
Add flour, bicarb, baking powder, salt and oats and mix well.
Mix in nuts, grated chocolate and choc chips.
Roll mixture into 3 x 6cm diameter logs in baking paper. Cut into 1.5 cm thick slices to bake and place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze any extra rolls and defrost slightly before cooking as desired.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks and store in an airtight container.

Thermomix Recipe for $250 Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Addicted to Fruit Balls

I have found a new love and I’m addicted. Apricot Fruit Balls.

It all began when I tried the Vitality Truffles recipe from the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook. What a great little recipe! Blitz some dried fruit and nuts, roll into balls, coat in coconut and Bob’s your Uncle! The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t even have to have the exact ingredients. Just substitute what you don’t have for something similar.

Dried apricots, apples, pear or peach, craisins, sultanas, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dates, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts,choc bits, coconut… you catch my drift. Add in some honey, condensed milk (don’t even get me started on condensed milk – I eat it straight from the can!). Roll them in coconut, cocoa, sesame seeds. Use your imagination!

I found this recipe for Apricot Balls which I think is even yummier than the Vitality Truffles recipe.

Apricot Balls

Here are a few other versions to try:

Apricot and Ginger Bliss Balls

Date and Nut Balls

Cranberry Balls

Chocolate Nut Balls

Do yourself a favour and try these out. It makes a decent amount of them and I keep them in the fridge. I snack on them at work rather than going for the biscuit tin when I have a cuppa. They are healthy and filling. Now I just need to convince fruit-phobic Kid 1 to try them. In the meantime, all the more for me!


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