Oatmeal Butterscotch Delights

Brown sugar, rich shortening and butterscotch chips are the stand out flavors in these classic Butterscotch Delight Cookies. These might be the best butterscotch cookies ever and they most definitely include butterscotch chips!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies on wire cooling rack

If you enjoy these cookies you may also enjoy Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, or the Best Sour Cream Cookies.

Easy Butterscotch Cookie Recipe

These homemade cookies are a classic old-fashioned dessert recipe that modern palates still love.   There’s something about a traditional cookie to put a smile on your face and give your soul a little comfort. Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies from scratch are a family favorite!

Growing up we regularly had butterscotch cookies because it’s one of my dad’s favorite flavors.  We’ve made several old-fashioned cookies and desserts with butterscotch chips like Butterscotch Refrigerator Cookies and Chocolate & Butterscotch Brownies, but none of them quite hit the spot like these butterscotch cookies.  

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies with butterscotch chips on baking rack

Butterscotch morsel cookies are unique in how wide they spread out on the baking sheet.  Be sure to give each spoonful of dough plenty or room to sprawl as the shortening spreads out making each cookie wide and thin.  

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Butterscotch chips are definitely the dominant flavor, but I love the texture and heartiness the quick oats bring to each bite. I find oatmeal cookies like our Dark Chocolate & Oatmeal Cookie, Oatmeal Cocoa Chippers and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to be some of my favorite because of the mealy flavor oatmeal adds to baked goods.

Even in our Cowboy Cookie Bars and Oatmeal Cookie Bars the oatmeal does so much to make each cookie taste better!

Sometimes I get tempted by seeing baking chips on sale and I end up with several bags of butterscotch chips and this is one of my go-to recipes. My mom stores extra baking chips in the freezer, but I just store them in the cupboard. Either way we’re always prepared to make some homemade cookies from scratch!

Easy Butterscotch Cookies on white serving platter

What is Needed to Make Butterscotch Cookies:

Sugar & Brown Sugar – The ingredients that make baked goods sweet. Brown sugar keeps the cookies soft and adds a little more depth of flavor.
Shortening – Makes each morsel so tender. I like to use butter-flavored shortening that comes in sticks because it’s easier to measure out and use.
Eggs – Holds the cookies together and brings a richness of flavor to help balance out the sweet sugar.
Milk – Adds moisture and richness.
Vanilla & Salt – Add hints of flavor to make the cookies memorable.
Flour – The main ingredient that brings the carbs and yumminess.
Baking Soda & Baking Powder – The leavening agents that help the cookies rise just a little.
Quick Oats – Make the cookies hearty, a bit chewy and delicious. Rolled oats or old fashioned oats are not optimum for this recipe.
Butterscotch Chips – Add a sweet and rich flavor that only baking chips can provide. These chips are optional as the cookies can be made without chips, but we highly recommend using them!

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies on baking rack

How To Make Butterscotch Cookies

  1. Sift flour with a sifter or incorporate air with a fork. Using the same sifting method mix baking powder, baking soda and salt evenly into the flour.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl blend sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk.
  3. Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in baking chips very slow and gently with a mixer or by hand.
  5. Ensure balls of dough are spaced 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes in a 350 degree F oven.

Other Easy Old-Fashioned Cookie Recipes:

How to Make Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Oatmeal delight cookies on cooling rack

Oatmeal Butterscotch Delights

Servings 36 cookies
Author: Jennifer
Butterscotch morsel cookies are unique in how wide they spread out on the baking sheet.  Be sure to give each spoonful of dough plenty or room to sprawl as the shortening spreads out making each cookie wide and thin.  
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips

Instructions
 

  • Grease baking sheet and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
  • Blend sugars, shortening, eggs, vanilla and milk.
  • Add dry ingredients, mix well. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips.
  • Space 2 inches apart and bake at 350° for 12 – 15 minutes.

Notes

Butterscotch morsel cookies are unique in how wide they spread out on the baking sheet.  Be sure to give each spoonful of dough plenty or room to sprawl as the shortening spreads out making each cookie wide and thin.  

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 27IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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