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Sweet and Chewy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

What are your favorite cookie recipes? My family just loves oatmeal cookies, so we make many varieties. If you haven’t tried them before, you will love these butterscotch oatmeal cookies! They’re one of the many homemade cookie recipes we enjoy.

Sweet Chewy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Why I love these butterscotch oatmeal cookies…

We bake often at our house. My three teens eat a lot, and I love providing them with homemade snacks instead of spending a lot of money on junk food. Not only do we save money, but then I have control over the ingredients, and I can include whole grains like old fashioned oats.

All of us love the chewy texture of oatmeal cookies! Some of our favorites are oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. So when we want something a little different, we switch to these butterscotch oatmeal cookies.  

Blue plate of oatmeal butterscotch cookies

How to make Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are so delicious! I bet your family will love them as much as mine does. Here is the quick and easy recipe: 

Cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla. 

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (minus the oats and butterscotch chips). Add dry to wet ingredients.

Add the oats and mix well. Then, add the butterscotch chips to the oatmeal cookie batter.

Adding butterscotch chips to oatmeal cookie dough

Next, I use a cookie scoop to get the oatmeal cookie batter onto the baking sheet. But you don’t have to! Just use a regular spoon to make drop butterscotch oatmeal cookies.

I bake using Pampered Chef stoneware because I like how it browns cookies evenly on the bottom. If you’re using traditional cookie sheets, use some parchment paper to keep the dough from sticking afterward. It makes clean-up easier, too.

After baking, I let the cookies sit about 5 minutes. Then I remove them to my favorite cooling racks. I’ve had these for 10 years now and use them often!

Oatmeal butterscotch cookies on parchment paper

Where can you find butterscotch chips?

You can find butterscotch morsels at most grocery stores in the baking aisle alongside the bagged chocolate chips and nuts. I get mine, along with all my baking ingredients, over at Aldi.

Can I freeze oatmeal cookie dough?

You sure can! You have two options: you can bake the cookies, let them cool, and then put them in freezer bags to store for up to 3 months.

What I prefer to do is scoop the cookies onto a baking tray lined with wax paper. Then I “flash freeze” them, meaning I put them in the freezer just until they’re hard. Then I put the cookie dough balls into a freezer zipper bag to store in the freezer.

Don’t forget to write down how long to bake the thawed cookie dough and at what temperature. Then you don’t have to look the recipe up again!

Next time we feel like some fresh-baked cookies, we just take the bag out of the freezer and let it thaw a bit while the oven preheats. 

Learn more about how long to store cookies in the freezer.

Freezer bag with oatmeal butterscotch cookie dough

What texture do Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies have? 

One reason we bake (and eat) so many types of oatmeal cookies is because of their soft, chewy texture. How do you get them that way? Bake them for the right amount of time!

When baking these oatmeal butterscotch cookies, plan to underbake the centers a little bit and take the cookies out of the oven once they turn golden brown. They will solidify on the baking sheet while cooling.

Then you can move them over to cooling racks. They’ll be chewy in the center with crispy edges which is just perfect!

Baked Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies on blue plate

What supplies do I need for making these cookies?  

These are the baking products I’ve been using for years. They’re my favorite cookie-baking supplies!


Printable Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies Recipe: 

Yield: 4 dozen

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

These butterscotch oatmeal cookies have a chewy texture with creamy butterscotch chips. One of our family favorites!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb) margarine or butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 package (11 oz.) butterscotch flavored chips


    Heat oven to 375°F.
    In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy.
    Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
    Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.
    Add oats and butterscotch morsels; mix well.
    Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7 to 8 minutes for a chewy cookie or 9 to 10 minutes for a crisp cookie.
    Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

Do you have any similar cookie recipes? 

If you’re a fan of butterscotch or oatmeal cookies, give some of these favorite cookie recipes a try. 

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