Meet my new favorite cookie: royal cookies!
Oh hi! It’s just me, back again, with another recipe that I’m making based on food I’ve eaten at Nordstrom.
You would think I live there or something. Do you think I’m a wackadoodle yet?
Nordstrom, can I please design a menu for you or could you sponsor me or something!!?? I am in love with your food and that’s that.
Say Hello to The royal cookie.
First, let me just tell you that this cookie goes against everything I stand for because there are NUTS in this cookie. Yep.
And there is nothing more terrible than a nut in your cookie. Or your brownie.
Except maybe if it’s a raisin masquerading as a chocolate chip. That’s basically the worst.
So yes, I’m breaking all the rules here to bring you the royal cookie. Because it’s really freaking good.
I actually came upon the royal cookie by accident. See, shortly after I had Max (well, after he could eat real food), I tried to bribe him to stay in his stroller at the mall one day. With half a cookie, of course.
Mind you, he had been sitting in his stroller so nicely for a long time, but the women in my family (including myself) are insane and we demand that we shop and have fun for hours! Snacks make it all better.
Nordstrom was out of chocolate chip cookies but they gave us a royal cookie instead. Upon one bite, I just about died. And I certainly wasn’t planning to enjoy it (because, you know, the nuts and all).
It was filled with chocolate, coconut (which made it extra chewy!) and macadamia nuts. To my surprise, the macadamia nuts made it so buttery and delicious! They were kind of softer than any other nut (like a walnut!) in a cookie but the flavor they brought was fantastic. The macadamias add a rich, savory bite throughout the entire cookie, even if each bite doesn’t contain a nut.
I’ve wanted to recreate these cookies for a few years and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. They are chewy, the edges are crisp and the chocolate is perfect.
New favorite, YES!
And just give me a bite of that doughy, melty goodness.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- ¾ cup chopped macadamia nuts
- 1 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, powder and salt.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 full minutes. Beat in each egg one at a time. Beat in the vanilla extract.
- Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined, scraping the bottom of the bowl if needed. Stir in the shredded coconut and macadamia nuts until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop out 1 1/2-inch sized balls of dough and place them on the parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are just golden on the edges. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.
- To make ahead: I scoop the dough into rounds and place it on a baking sheet. Flash freeze (freeze the sheet as is) for 30 minutes, then remove the dough balls and place them in a resealable bag. Remove when needed and bake as directed, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.
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43 Comments on “Royal Cookies.”
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nope, you want the good old fashioned sweetened shredded kind here!
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These look amazing! I totally need to make these asap!
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thank you for sharing this cookie, don’t think I’ve ever had the original, and hate raisins masquerading as choc chips too! Nuts in cookies are also generally problematic for me!
oh you had me at coconut and chocolate chip. salted macadamia nuts ok??
Thank you for this delicious recipe! I can’t wait to try it out but do you think using some essential oils would ruin the taste or make it a delectable treat?
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These were really good! I thought the dough, once you add the flour, seemed to stiff and was hard to stir in the coconut, and chocolate chips (I didn’t have macadamias). But they turned out great! Will definitely make again. Thank you for an awesome recipe!
Love these! So good and the macadamias are a perfect addition.
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Since you’ve reproduced a Nordstrom cookie I’ve got a story to tell you about Nordstrom’s Chocolate Chip cookies that happened probably 30 – 35 years ago, had completely forgotten it till I saw your post.
One Sunday there was a recipe for Nordstrom’s Chocolate Chip cookies in the food section of the Sunday paper, with the back story beside the recipe. Turns out a woman in Dallas TX was having lunch with friends at Nordstrom and as they lingered in conversation after eating lunch she decided to order a cookie. She had never had one before and was surprised at how good it was so the next time the wait person stopped at the table she asked if she could get the recipe and was told there was a charge for it, to which she replied, ‘just put it on my bill’. The recipe was brought out and they asked for the checks. She was surprised to find a $200. charge on hers, for the recipe. She questioned the charge and was told that it was correct and they were unable to remove it as she had already seen the recipe and it was proprietary. That’s when she decided to send it out everywhere she could, to newspapers, magazines, churches & schools for there fund raising recipe books etc. (life before computers) I made some a couple of times, they were very good.
That was actually Neiman Marcus!
Delicious recipe, thanks for sharing! Does anyone have the recipe for the S’more cookies that Nordstrom’s used to make? The best cookie I have ever tasted and I am a very good baker! I think those cookies added several pounds to my frame over the years. Ha! Ha!
I loved the flavor of these but the 16 minute baking time was way too long for my oven. The first batch came out brown. 12 minutes was just underdone, but 13 minutes seemed like the best to me. Not quite as good as the original, but I think it’s as close as I’ll get without going to Nordstrom ;)
Great recipe! Worked out great for me at home. I’m actually a Sous Chef for Nordstrom north Chicagoland. I’ve been with the company for 9 years and we’ve always purchased our chocolate chip and the royal from Hope. Everything else we do make from scratch in house. You’ve done an amazing job recreating it however!
What can I use instead of coconut? We aren’t fans of coconut. Thank you
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Would it be ok to use salted macadamia nuts?
So delicious. I would definitely recommend not under baking. I found that because of the nuts and coconut, the batch I made that were a bit more crispy had such a good texture/flavor.
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These did NOT spread at all – I followed the recipe exactly except using unsweetened coconut (recipe didn’t specify and I didn’t read comments first) they are dense and tiny. Where did I go wrong?
Do you use unsweetened coconut or sweetened?
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Santa will be happy? He’s not getting any of these SPECTACULAR cookies! Oh my gosh…I think they’re my new favorite. (Never had one from Nordstrom though). 16 minutes was a bit long in my oven too. I did 14 or so & they were just golden brown on the bottom. SO good!
I used unsweet coconut and a smaller scoop, cook time was 11 min and they were perfect! Made about 6 dozen! Everyone loved them! Thank you, this is my new favorite cookie!
Thank you for this. I had my first yesterday and went to the store at night to get macadamia nuts, coconut, and semi sweet chips. I’m making these asap. I already know they’re great because your recipe has everything a great cookie should. Thanks again!!!!!
I’m obsessed with these cookies from
Nordstrom so when I found this recipe I was thrilled, but the first couple times I made them, my cookies DID NOT come out like the picture at all. I’ve found that when I make cookies in Florida where my in laws live the humidity requires recipes to be adjusted. I’m not sure where you are located but living in Southern California I had to adjust this recipe to get my cookies to look like the picture. Instead of using 3 cups of flour, I used 2 1/4 cups flour and cooked for 12 mins and they turned out perfectly! Had to share since it took me 3 tries to get there! Very happy with the end result!
hi there, as soon as i saw the pic of your cookies, i knew i had to make them. they are beautiful. but mine were not. :(
mine came out puffy and didnt look anything like yours! the baking powder amount seemed like alot, but i did as your recipe stated. maybe i will try again with less baking powder?
i so wanted mine to look like yours :)
I have never had a Nordstrom cookie, but these are wonderful. The chocolate chips, macademia nuts and coconut are hiding inside the cookies, so they look pretty plain sitting on a plate, but when you bite into them, what a nice surprise! I don’t bake a lot of cookies, but this recipe is definitely a keeper.
I made the Royal cookies as directed and they turned out perfect!!! Next time I’m going to add dried cherries and switch out the chocolate chips for white choc chips. Thank you for the amazing recipe!!!
Love this cookie,gtrat old receipe,thanks for sharing.
THE BEST COOKIES I HAVE EVER MADE! Between the ingredients and the awesome directions, this is now my go to baked goodie! I don’t know how I was never taught to beat the sugar and butter together for a FULL 5 min and then ONE egg at a time before! For some reason I feel like this is a huge reason these turned out so well! I for one, will be doing that with all the cookies I make from now on!
Oh and for anyone else wondering if using white choc chips instead is a good idea…. YES! I’m not a big fan of milk choc so I substituted white choc chips and they turned out PERFECT!
Going to give these a try …. I’ll let you know how they come out !!
The cookies did not spread out . They are mound shape rather then flat. Not sure what went wrong. I consider myself a really good baker, so I am disappointed in the outcome