I got an email one day that described a situation involving a woman having lunch with her daughter at Neiman Marcus. For one of the common texts go here. Basically, this woman and her daughter finish their lunch and want a cookie for dessert. They like the cookie so much that they want to get the recipe, but the waitress tells them that she can't give it away, but they can buy it for "two fifty." Of course, the woman doesn't realize that she's actually paying $250 for a cookie recipe until she gets the bill. She then (to get retribution on Neiman Marcus) sends the recipe, in email form, to as many people as possible, telling them to forward it on to everyone they know.
This story never actually happened. Neiman Marcus has, recently, started offering cookies (somewhat similar to this recipe but with some instant espresso in the mix) and offers the recipe free of charge to anyone that wants it. This email also went around for a while using "Mrs. Fields" as the over charging antagonist. Apparently the original story goes all the way back to 1948 when the outrageously priced recipe was for a red velvet fudge cake, made by the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, that had cost someone $25. Inflation has a lot to answer for...
Apparently, no one knows where this recipe actually came from... but I read about other people trying it and saying it was a darn good chocolate chip cookie. So I figured I'd give it a try too. I altered the recipe a little, so this is my variation of the recipe: