Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie recipe that never lasts long in my house. This is a simple and tasty butterscotch cookie everyone adores!

Toss in a handful or two of chocolate chips for a treat that will thrill both the chocolate and butterscotch lovers in your house.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with butterscotch chips

Butterscotch Cookies

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies that stay soft and chewy for days are an instant favorite with everyone who tastes them. Soft, chewy oatmeal cookies and butterscotch chips are a perfect match. After several requests for this recipe, I am finally posting it.

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If you are a family member and you’ve been waiting ever since our summer camping trip, well, what can I say? Sometimes, I get distracted by chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!

It’s high time I show some love to my butterscotch desserts and share them with you. (The Ultimate Butterscotch Bars are proof of how awesome butterscotch can be!)

Chewy oatmeal and butterscotch chips are always a delicious combination in a cookie. (I have since discovered that these cookies are also called Oatmeal Scotchies. Cute name, right?) I have made these cookies numerous times in the past and they are always a hit.

I love oatmeal cookies but I do NOT love a dry tough oatmeal cookie. Some oatmeal cookie recipes taste great fresh from the oven but get hard and crunchy the next day.

There’s nothing wrong with a crunchy cookie. (Crunchy Brownie Crisps prove that by being an all-time favorite around here.) But I like my oatmeal butterscotch cookies nice and soft.

With this recipe, the cookies always stay perfectly chewy, sweet, and delicious even days later. Not that they usually even last that long!

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies

Want a cookie with a little more fiber? Usually, I make my butterscotch cookies with standard all-purpose flour. However, I often make these cookies with 100% fresh whole wheat and there’s not even a slight difference in the taste or texture.

I’ve noticed that whole wheat combined with oatmeal is a great combination when converting my recipes over to 100% whole wheat instead of AP (all-purpose) flour.

The taste of the oatmeal pairs so well with the slightly stronger whole wheat flavor. Both all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour work well in this recipe.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Chip Cookies

If you’re looking for a great gluten-free oatmeal cookie, try these Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies, swap the chocolate for butterscotch chips and you just might have a new favorite.

These Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for the chocolate lover and I’m betting that you won’t be able to eat just one or two.

Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies are a dream dessert for anyone who loves coconut. We also can’t get enough of these Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, especially at Christmas time. That combo of sweet chocolate and tart cranberries is to die for.

You’re also sure to like Orange Spice Oatmeal Cookies  and my go-to classic Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Enjoyed with a cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk, oatmeal cookies make everything better.

Chewy, thick, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are a treat that we’ve enjoyed for a lot of years now.

For more great oatmeal desserts, check out these Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Carmelitas, No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites, and Cranberry Oatmeal Yogurt Bars.

Can you tell we REALLY like baking with oatmeal around here? From breakfast to dessert, it’s a favorite ingredient for sure.

You're going to love these Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

How to Make Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies get their butterscotch flavor from a generous helping of butterscotch chips. This is a classic cookie recipe that starts (like many of the best things in life) by beating together butter and sugar.

After adding eggs and vanilla, you add your dry ingredients in batches. Then, add the butterscotch chips, drop onto cookie sheets, bake and enjoy!

These finished cookies freeze beautifully. Let the cookies cool completely before placing them in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer.

You can also make the oatmeal cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it for later. When I bake these cookies straight from the freezer I allow an extra minute or so of baking time.

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious treats with butterscotch chips in every bite. I hope you like this family favorite as much as we all do!

As a final word of caution – take cake not to overbake these cookies. An overdone cookie gets hard and tough and these are supposed to be chewy oatmeal cookies!

The cookies may still look underdone when you take them out but remember they will continue cooking on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes.

Kitchen Tip: I use this baking sheet, this scoop, and these cooling racks to make this recipe.

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You're going to love these Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie recipe that never lasts long in my house. This is a simple and tasty butterscotch cookie everyone adores!  
Servings: 24 3-inch cookies


  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour *
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 2/3 cups (approximately 11 oz) butterscotch chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth and almost fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugars and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth again.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients except the butterscotch chips. Gradually add this mixture to the wet ingredients, half at a time. Stir until fully combined. Add the butterscotch chips and stir well.
  • Use a medium size cookie scoop (about a tablespoon in size) to drop the dough onto a large baking sheet lined with a silpat mat. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove from the oven before the cookies are browned and when they still look soft in the center. Let them cool on the same tray for 5-10 minutes; this will allow them to finish baking without overcooking.
  • When the cookies are firm enough to handle, transfer them to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.


If you are using whole wheat flour, increase the total amount of flour to 1 ½ cups.
The finished cookies freeze well and the dough also freezes well. When baking the cookie dough straight from the freezer, allow a few extra minutes for the baking.


Calories: 216kcal · Carbohydrates: 36g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 7g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 30mg · Sodium: 199mg · Potassium: 63mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 23g · Vitamin A: 209IU · Calcium: 18mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 9/14/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 12/6/21}

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  1. Dakota says

    I’ve made 3 different recipes until I found this one the last couple months. These are the best! Thank you for the note about the flower, they turned out perfect!5 stars

  2. Michele says

    I do not recommend removing the cookies from the oven after 8-9 minutes before they are browned because they do not continue to brown and were a falling apart, doughy mess even after setting up for a few minutes. I put the second batch in for at least 13 minutes and they turned out golden brown and way better. And came off the baking sheet like a dream unlike the first batch. first batch is still edible but nowhere near as pretty as the second.

    • Charell Hartzel says

      I agree Michele. I baked the cookies for 13 minutes and they were perfect. 8 -9 minutes was not long enough.
      The cookies are very good!

    • Nyla says

      I had the same experience with this recipe, one flat, underbaked mess. So I added an extra 3/4 cup of flour, for a total of 2 cups like most recipes, and the next two batches were much better. This was not a keeper for me either.

  3. Kim says

    I don’t know what I did wrong, but the cookies came out pretty flat. I still ate them of course and they are delicious! I’m hoping I find a way to not make them so flat haha.4 stars

  4. Rose says

    So good! I added the rest of the second stick of butter (1 cup total) and about a cup of crushed pretzels and my son declared these the best cookies he’s ever had! The pretzel butterscotch combo is amazing!5 stars

  5. Allison says

    These were delicious! They stayed perfectly soft and chewy the next day, stored in a closed tupperware. Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely make this again.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Without being in your kitchen with you, it’s hard to guess what might have gone wrong. I’ve made these multiple times and they do turn out as pictured. (But now I’m questioning that, so I’mm make them again to confirm it!) If your butter is too soft, that can affect it too.

  6. Pam says

    I think I might have mixed the dough too long even though I followed the recipe. I had to add extra flour. But, they tasted amazing. Oh, and I LOVE cinnamon. So, I added some of that too. Thank you so much for sharing.4 stars

  7. Michelle says

    I’m making these later today and wanted to mention if you change the cookie quantity the (approximately 11oz.) does not adjust for the butterscotch chips. Just a heads up as I didn’t pay attention to the cups just read that note and then realized that seemed like too small an amount so changed back and realized the cups change -the note does not.

  8. Dave Novak says

    I followed the instructions to the letter.
    However, when I first pulled the cookies out of the oven they were light & fluffy but while cooling they sunk to butterscotch puddles.
    Not sure why. Can you please explain what may have happened so I can avoid this in the future?

    • Mary Younkin says

      If you didn’t substitute any ingredients, it sounds like the cookies might not have been fully cooked and when they cooled, they didn’t set up properly.