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Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies are made using ground oats, chocolate chips, grated chocolate and chopped walnuts for a soft, chewy cookie.

My husband, his parents and his grandparents had been taking a road trip to French River, Ontario every July 4th for over 50 years. My husband and I have made that trip every summer as well since we’ve been together, sometimes multiple times. 

So, about ten years ago, my husband tells me how his dad used to make up a big batch of chocolate chip cookies that was filled with oats and nuts and three different types of chocolate. They would eat Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies in the car on their way to the French River every summer.

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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo: Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

The more he described Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies to me, the more they sounded an awful lot like the famous Neiman Marcus Cookies. You’ve probably heard the story, but according to The New York Times it goes like this: 


A woman and her daughter who were lunching at the ”Neiman Marcus Cafe” in Dallas, enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies so much that they asked for the recipe. For ”only two-fifty,” the waitress said, it was theirs. But when the charge card bill arrived, the amazed woman found the total near $300. Hard to understand, since she had bought a $20 scarf, two $9.95 salads and a cookie recipe.
Turns out the recipe cost $250, the story goes. When the woman couldn’t get her money back, she took revenge, sending the recipe by E-mail to all her friends and asking them to pass it on. The recipe for what was dubbed the Justice Cookie and the Ultimate Revenge Cookie has been around the world and back.
The truth is that there is no Neiman Marcus Cafe, good luck finding a $20 scarf at that exclusive department store, and its restaurants have never sold chocolate chip cookies. At least, not until last March.
After years of enduring the myth, Neiman Marcus has come up with a chocolate chip cookie recipe of its own and posted it on its Web site ( The recipe, mercifully, makes only 12 to 15 large cookies — the original revenge cookie recipe makes 110 (the recipe here is for 55).

You’ll find the original Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe on their website here

Dads Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Birch Cottage

Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since I love to bake, I was sure I could reproduce – or at least come close – my husband’s father’s chocolate chip cookies. So, I baked a couple big batches of cookies, experimenting as I went and my husband’s response? “Close but not as good as Dad’s.” 

Of course, I don’t think anything is ever really as good as we remember them! I now affectionately refer to these cookies as Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies and I think they’re down right amazing! You be the judge…

Dads Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Birch Cottage

I named these cookies “Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies” because they’re based off a recipe that my husband’s father used and because they’re definitely road trip worthy. Plus, it makes a large batch of cookies!

Handy Tip!

I typically use Hershey’s Symphony Creamy Milk Chocolate candy bars when making these cookies. I also like to put the candy bars in the freezer first. This makes for easier grating of the chocolate. 

Dads Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Birch Cottage

Baking Supplies

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these cookies! They are soft, chewy and full of texture, not to mention flavor! The ground oats and shredded milk chocolate really make all the difference.

Here are a few of my favorite baking supplies and tools that I used or recommend to make these cookies:

Did you know that light colored cookie sheets produce the best baked cookies?  But, don’t take my word for it, read what Better Homes & Gardens has to say about the best cookie sheets for baking cookies. Or read the 101 on baking sheets from Martha Stewart

Dads Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Birch Cottage

Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies are what cookie dreams are made of! They’re full of ooey gooey chocolate, have lots of texture from the ground oats and chopped walnuts and are soft and chewy all at the same time. 

Dad's Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies or Neiman Marcus Cookies are full of oats, nuts, chocolate and melt in your mouth goodness!

Dad's Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies are made using ground oats, chocolate chips, grated chocolate and chopped walnuts for a soft, chewy cookie.


  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate grated
  • 1½ cups chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Blend the oats in a food processor to a fine powder.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the blended oats with the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set oat mixture aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or electric mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula and beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Gradually add the flour and oat mixture to the butter mixture, beating just until incorporated. With a silicone spatula, fold in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate and walnuts.
  5. Using about 2 heaping tablespoons of dough, roll the dough into balls and place about 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time until the edges are set but the center still looks undone, about 10 minutes.
  6. Cool the cookies completely on the baking sheets.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

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I’m absolutely sure you and your family will love these cookies! And wouldn’t it be cool if on your next road trip you whipped up a batch of Dad’s Road Trip Chocolate Chip Cookies, too?! I mean, do these look yummy or what?!?! 

Til next time…

Pam Baker from The Birch Cottage

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Thursday 6th of December 2018

The road trip recipe says to add the flour mixture to the oat mixture and blend just til incorporated. Wouldn’t that be the flour/oat mixture to the creamed sugars and eggs mixture? If so, welcome to my world of you never know what you might type out.

Thanks for all your wonderful and informative emails.

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