Last week I wrote an article about an old hoax that’s been going around in various forms since the 1990s. I thought it was the hoax that wouldn’t die, but I’ve found one that beats it by about 80 years.  I recently saw this post on Facebook.


It told the tale of a woman who ordered a cookie at Neiman-Marcus, then asked for the recipe and discovered she had been charged $250 for it. Out of revenge, she was posting the recipe online and asking others to share.  There’s one legitimate part of this post – it’s a pretty good cookie recipe. The rest is totally made up. I’ve seen it before: in e-mails back in the 1990s and printed out or copied on paper to be passed around in the 1970s. In fact, this hoax actually goes all the way back to the 1920s! Yep, it’s nearly a hundred years old!

Sometimes the recipe is for Neiman-Marcus cookies, in the 1980s it was Mrs. Field’s cookies and back in the 1920s it involved cake from the Waldorf-Astoria. Bottom line: Not true. Share the recipe if you want, but don’t make up lies about businesses.

Neiman Marcus actually publishes their cookie recipe online. Check it out by clicking here.

~ Cynthia