Dessert Bars | March 24, 2009

Nordy Bars from Nordstrom Cafe

This is the famous Nordy Bar recipe served at the Nordstrom Cafe back in the 80’s. The bars are a rich mix of chocolate, butterscotch, marshmallow and nuts. Simple and so delicious!

Many moons ago, when we were living in Portland, and Grant was going to law school,  I worked at PacifiCorp.  We often had “Food Fridays” where everyone would bring treats and recipes to swap.  My good friend and co worker Jane  loved to eat and cook and shared this wonderful recipe for Nordy Bars from the Nordstrom Cafe with me!

The story behind the recipe- Relatives of Jane’s were in a Nordstrom Cafe in Portland one day, and bought a cookie bar. They loved it so much, they asked for the recipe. The girl serving them went into the kitchen, and a few minutes later came out with the recipe and made them promise not to tell anyone.
The Nordy Bar is a yummy, chewy, butterscotchy, marshmallowy, chocolaty slice of heaven. If you don’t love these, well, let’s just say, I’m not sure we can be friends.

Nordy Bars

Recipe for the famous Nordy Bar served in the Nordstrom Cafe back in the 80's
Author Nordstrom Cafe, by way of A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 -12 oz package butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 12 oz package chocolate chips
  • 2 cups fresh mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans If you omit the nuts, add 3 more tablespoons flour


  1. In large saucepan, melt butter.
  2. Add butterscotch chips and brown sugar. Stir until all melted. Do not boil.
  3. Remove pan from heat and let cool for about 1/2 hour.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Stir in rest of ingredients just until all ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Spread mixture into a 9x13 greased pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out without batter attached.

Recipe Notes

- I like to line the pan with parchment paper.

-The original recipe has a 15-20 minute baking time, but the bars were never cooked enough. I usually bake for about 25 minutes.

-These bars are best when cooled and cut into small pieces and refrigerated.

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  1. Yep, we’re friends. I have never honestly considered asking for a recipe. Haven’t you ever watched “Dateline” where you see what the restaurant workers can do to (or at)your food?? These looketh yummy.

  2. I just made these and they certainly are yummy!!!! My oven is dying a slow death so I had to cook them for about 35 minutes. You need to read my latest blog post!

  3. Oh Si, you’re so kind to still tolerate me even after I don’t appreciate the nuances of good cooking. I’m sure you were thinking of me with your “super-under-achiever” comment, too. I know I was!

    I repeatedly disappoint you and Becky both with my lack of fervor for the culinary world. I just threw an immature “I HATE cooking!!!” fit at 6pm yesterday when I had once again managed to avoid any thought of dinner preparation the entire day. It was great until everyone started announcing their hunger to me like it’s my job to feed them or something! Doh! Busted again!

    Can I just say I elled oh ell at the



    mama” bit. Nice.

  4. I made these this morning and just ate two now! So good. Used your parchment paper idea. Also, only had about a cup of marshmallows but they still turned out so well. Baked for 28 min and that was perfect for my oven. Thank you for another great recipe!