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The Story Behind Our $250 Dollar Cookie Recipe

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When my husband and I married it was tradition in the small town where he came from to gift cookbooks to the couple. But these gifted cookbooks were no ordinary cookbooks, for they housed the prized cooking creations and recipes from local area residents. I received one of these highly sought after cookbooks from my mother in law. At the time, I didn’t fully understand the gift I had been given, but now 18 years later, its’ dog eared and food splattered appearance pretty much solidifies it’s obvious usefulness in my kitchen. And the recipes in this book have now become our own family recipes, with a few kid inspired adjustments to some of the recipes. Because kids will be kids, and if you give them the chance they can come up with some pretty amazing things. Like the story behind our version of the $250 dollar cookie recipe.

Let me explain.

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You probably already know the story behind the original $250 dollar cookie recipe, but just in case you don’t know it, here it is. One day a mother and her daughter visited a very swanky department store. Inside the department store there was a restaurant and the mother and daughter bought some cookies to eat at the restaurant. According to the story, the cookies were so amazing that the mother asked their server for the recipe for the cookies. The server told her that the only way she could find out the recipe was if the mother bought it.

So the mother asked how much the recipe was and the server said two fifty. She mistakenly thought the server had said $2.50 cents, only to find out once her credit card bill came that she had actually been charged $250 dollars.

And so now whenever you see a recipe for $250 cookies, you know the whole story, but not the story about how ours were created. I will get to that in a minute.

I have 4 children and the mere act of my starting to make a batch of cookies means that I will have instantaneous helpers. This is because they have learned that those who help to make the cookies, reap the benefits of licking bowls, spoons and such. Smart kids.

The story behind the $250 dollar cookie recipe.

And sometimes their idea of helping means that they just sneak up behind the one mixing and try to steal a chocolate chip or two. But, eh kids will be kids.

The story behind the $250 dollar cookie recipe.

So now here is the story for how our variation on the $250 dollar cookie came to be. In my now heir-loomed cookbook, the original cookie recipe includes the addition of some blended oatmeal. This is good. We all like oatmeal around here, but one day my children accidentally added the oatmeal straight hot, from the pan into the bowl and then promptly dumped in an entire bag of chocolate chips into the mix. Which of course meant that the chocolate chips melted, and we were now left with a nice mud looking cookie mixture. Luckily though, the quick thinking of my children saved the day and with one simple addition (white chocolate chips) into our almost botched cookie recipe, they ended up creating a pretty epic recipe.

Thank you children!

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So now are you ready for the recipe? Here it is!

The $250 Dollar Cookie Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

The $250 Dollar Cookie Recipe


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 12 oz white chocolate chips


  1. Cream both sugars, butter and vanilla. Add eggs.
  2. Mix in flour, oatmeal (hot is good) baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add in chocolate chips. Let the chips melt and mix all of the ingredients together.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll mixture into balls and place balls on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Top each ball with your desired amount of white chocolate chips.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Yum, right?!

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As this recipe proves, letting kids be kids is pretty fantastic. Sure there are messes when we let them do that, but childhood messes, adventures and making mud pie cookies together lasts only a short time. So I say have it at children; and I am just happy to come along on the adventure!

Most of the time.

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I would love to hear how you let your kids be kids and stay on top of those adventuring messes?

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      The more you know right? I think there are probably a hundred different versions of the 250 dollar cookie story, but that one is the one most people know, so I stuck with it. I wonder if it really is true?? Maybe I need to do a little urban legend discovery for an upcoming post? We shall see.
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  1. Well, that worked out great now didn’t it? And I enjoy All detergent so those tablets sound like just the ticket!

    As a blogger, may I compliment you on your fantastic recipe/sponsored post that made a lot of sense, was fun to read, and promoted a product seamlessly. Well done!
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    1. Thank you I really appreciate that! My kids still congratulate themselves for their quick thinking that saved those mud pie cookies! And the congratulations are most definitely in order, it is a pretty epic recipe!
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    1. Thanks Kristen! There are a few variations on the $250 dollar cookie recipe, because it has now become an official urban legend, but I think that version is the one most people know. I wonder if it is true though, or the work of a smart department store manager a long time ago who saw a way to bring in business. Either way, we have pretty epic cookie recipe from it :)
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  2. Hi Jen, OooOooOOOOOOOooooooo what is blended oatmeal? Would that be fine oatmeal? Cookies containing chocolate and oats are my favs. Will be trying this for sure (if I can get some blended oatmeal). I am ashamed to say that it’s only because my two are bigger than me that they get to lick the bowl! As for the Powercore pac? Perfect for getting those cookie mix stains out.

    Love the picture of your little one. Butter would not melt in her mouth.

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    1. That is it exactly, just oatmeal softened and cooked a little. I love oatmeal too. I think every cookie should have that as an addition.

      Hey, if no one is around to help me lick the bowl (which happens very rarely), but I go ahead and lick the bowl then too!

      Thanks for stopping in! Have a great one :)
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  3. So, I am confused. You prepare the Oatmeal according to the directions and use 2 1/2 cups of prepared oatmeal for the recipe? I have never heard of anything like that before. Just want to make sure I do it right! :)

    1. Yep that is it exactly! This is the variation my kids came up with. It makes the oats a little more subdued, less crunchy and not the main attraction on the cookie. If you like the crunchier texture just add the oats and melt the chocolate chips and voila!
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  4. Everything they have cooked has always turned out delicious! They are so proud of themselves when they are able to do everything on their own, and it also encourages them to work together really well. They have to decide who will do each task and share them out so they are both happy. delicious food recipes and easy to make

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