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Amazing Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Soft and chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are the best! The combination of rolled oats, brown sugar, butterscotch, and a hint of cinnamon is something special. Try these Oatmeal Scotchies and see why they’re so addictive!

We have more delicious cookie recipes! Try these Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies [1] or another soft and chewy favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies [2]! Fans love these Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies [3]!

Oatmeal Scotchies stacked on a cooling rack.

Amazing Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Homemade Cookies! Is there anything more fun to bake [4]!?!

These Amazing Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are easy and completely munchable!

Loaded with Butterscotch Chips!

They bake up soft and chewy, with just a slight crisp around the edges. The rolled oats, brown sugar, butterscotch morsels, and just a hint of cinnamon spice give them perfect taste and texture.

And there is no chilling required!

How to Make Butterscotch Cookies from Scratch

Let’s make a batch of these traditional cookies. 

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees C). 

Step 1 – Combine Dry Ingredients

Now, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Step 2 – Mix Wet Ingredients

Next, beat room temperature butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in the large bowl or your stand mixer or use a hand mixer—about 1-2 minutes.

Tip: take your butter out of the refrigerator an hour before ready to use it. It will be the perfect temperature for baking.

Softened butter

Step 3 – Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients

Gradually add and beat in flour mixture. Then, stir in oats and morsels. We like the Nestle morsels. 

Batter for Butterscotch Cookies

Drop by rounded tablespoon (or with a cookie scoop [5]) onto ungreased cookie sheets.

cookie dough balls

We love to use a Silpat Mat because it makes the best cookies. Soft and chewy, yet crisp around the edges. 

Step 4 – Bake

Bake for 6 to 7 minutes for soft, chewy cookies or 8 to 9 minutes for crispier cookies. Cool on a baking rack for at least 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Butterscotch Cookies cooling on a rack

The cookies will continue to set somewhat on the hot pans when they come out of the oven, so a little underbaked is actually okay.

Tip: oven temperatures vary, so watch the baking time closely the first time you bake these Oatmeal Scotchies. That way, you’ll have the perfect cookie!

How to Freeze Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Another thing we like about these cookies is that they freeze well [6]. We make a batch and freeze part for later all the time.

They are great when you need a little something sweet or when friends drop by unexpectedly. Since our kids make their own lunches [7], it’s also an easy treat for them to grab and go. 

To Freeze:


These Butterscotch Cookies are actually amazing right out of the freezer (we’ve tried it many times), but here are a few ways to thaw them:


More Delicious Cookie Recipes

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies [1] – This recipe is easy to follow and bakes a cookie with soft, chewy middles and crispy edges. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies [8] – Great year-round, but especially good during the holidays for Cookie Swaps [9]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies [2] – a classic recipe that is always a hit. 

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies [3] – take your cookie up a notch and stuff an Oreo cookie inside!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies [10] – these gems have tons of white chocolate chips and are perfect for fall. 

Helpful Tips To Make Crispy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies


An oatmeal cookie with a bite out of it.

Why Are My Oatmeal Cookies Flat?

Butter could be the culprit. Too cold, and you will have thick fluffy cookies (instead of chewy) and too warm, and you will have thin cookies that spread all over your pan.

Also, make sure your baking soda is fresh. 

And finally, don’t overbeat your cookie dough. It will put too much air in the dough, which will cause it to rise and then fall. 

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Recipe Variations

There are a few ways you can make these oatmeal cookies your own:


Oatmeal Scotchies Cookie Bar Recipe

Sometimes you want an Oatmeal Scotchies Cookie Bar Recipe so that everything goes into the oven at one time.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
  2. Prepare the Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Recipe as instructed.
  3. Spread evenly into prepared pan—Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until light, golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Makes approximately 2 dozen bars.


Stack of Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal Scotchies stacked on a cooling rack.

Amazing Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Try this recipe for Amazing Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies. The combination of rolled oats, butterscotch, and a hint of cinnamon is something special.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
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Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Erin Henry [19]


  • mixing bowl
  • Electric Mixer
  • Spatula
  • Baking pan
  • cookie scoop


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks softened)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick or old-fashioned rolled oats (we prefer old-fashioned)
  • 1 2/3 cups 11-oz. pkg. butterscotch morsels


  • Preheat oven to 375° F (190 degrees C).
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon (or with a cookie scoop) onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 6 to 7 minutes for chewy cookies or 8 to 9 minutes for crispier cookies. Cool on a baking rack for at least 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


  • These cookies tend to spread a little while in the oven, so make sure your baking soda is fresh.
  • For the best texture, use old fashioned rolled oats. However, quick-cooking oats are okay to use.
  • The secret to chewy cookies with a slight crisp on the edges is this baking mat [11]. No joke!
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before moving to the cooling rack. They come out of the oven very soft.
  • Let the baking sheet cool completely before adding the next batch.
Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
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Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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This recipe was originally published on April 15, 2016. It was updated with enhanced images and instructions on July 28, 2020. 


Amazing Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies



Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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