Cookies Similar to Nordstrom’s Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

Yesterday, I went to Nordstrom to return a jacket. For those of you who’ve never been in a Nordstrom, it’s an upscale department store similar to Bloomingdales or Harvey Nichols. The Nordstrom near my house has a pianist who sits next to the escalator and plays “Speed of Sound” over and over again. At least it seems like it….but I like Coldplay so that’s okay.

Another thing I like is Nordstrom’s “ebar”. The coffee is very good and from what I hear, so are the baked goods. I was in a hurry and didn’t buy anything from the ebar, however, I made up for it by baking a batch of these cookies today. I don’t know if the recipe is really used by Nordstrom, but the cookies are great! I think all oatmeal cookies should have dried cherries, seriously. The toasted almonds were my addition. To toast the almonds, just take a handful of the whole “natural” type and throw them in a dry skillet. Heat them for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they start to crack and become fragrant. Let them cool, then chop and use.

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Nordstrom's Oatmeal Cherry Cookies
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Oatmeal cookies with dried cherries.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 30
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/2 pound dried cherries (tart ones)
  • Some toasted almonds (toast whole, then chop coarsely) - I can't tell you how many
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and salt together until mixture is creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating 30 seconds after each egg. Stir in milk.
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, and soda, then blend dry flour mixture into creamed mixture. When flour mixture is incorporated, stir in oats and cherries. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop chilled dough by tablespoonfuls about 3 inches apart onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes, or just until cookies puff and are lightly golden brown. Do not overbake. (Cookies will flatten as they cool.) Slide parchment from baking sheet onto wire rack to allow cookies to cool completely.
  4. I haven't figured out the yield on this one -- probably about 2 1/2 dozen. I've been baking up a few cookies at a time.
Yield will vary.


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  1. Emilie says

    The cookies look great…but my favorite part of this blog was the bit about the piano player playing, “Speed of Sound” over and over again. Maybe he should consider playing “The Scientist”. You should tell him next time. 🙂

  2. dennis says

    looking for nordstrom’s coffee crumb cake recipe, does anyone know where to find that. thanks dennis

  3. says

    Hi Dennis,

    I couldn’t find the recipe on-line, but Nordstrom has a couple of cookbooks with recipes from their cafe. I’m not sure if either of the books include recipes for cakes and cookies, but they both sound like good books nonetheless. You can order them off Amazon. Here are some links.

    If I come across the crumb cake recipe, I’ll let you know.

  4. CHB says

    Although these cookies look good, this is not Nordstrom’s “Dried Cherry-Oatmeal Cookies” recipe. You can find the actual Nordstrom’s recipe in their “Entertaining At Home Cookbook”…..and the cookies are beyond fantastic!

  5. says

    Thanks CHB,
    I don’t even know where I got this recipe but the cookies were great! As you see, I linked to the Nordstrom book so people will be able to get what Nordstrom wants you to believe is the real recipe.

  6. sue edwards says

    I have made these cooking before and have lost the recipie. would like3 to get it if you would forwrd ita to me. They are just delisious and my kid would like me to make them again. thank you sue

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