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Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies-soft and chewy brown sugar cookies with butterscotch chips! A new favorite!

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookie Recipe on My new favorite cookie!

I think I have an addiction to chocolate chips. I have a drawer in our freezer that is filled with bags and bags of chocolate chips. I also have bags in my baking drawer and downstairs in our food storage. I buy every kind of chips: semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, mini, cinnamon, white chocolate, peanut butter, mint, butterscotch, and any other speciality chips I can find.

I was going through my stash and found six bags of butterscotch chips. Oops! I guess I got a little carried away. I love butterscotch and decided it was going to be a butterscotch baking day. I was tempted to make my Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies or my Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies, but I wanted to create a new cookie. I ended up making Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies. They are a new favorite! I LOVE these cookies!

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookie Recipe on LOVE these cookies!

I’ve made Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies before and they are a favorite at our house. I decided to use the same base recipe, but mix things up by using butterscotch chips instead of toffee. I love toffee so I was a little nervous I wouldn’t like the cookies as much, but I was wrong. I am obsessed with these cookies.

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookie Recipe on You HAVE to make these!

I actually wasn’t going to post this recipe since it is so similar to my Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies, but I decided they NEED their own post. They are that good! You HAVE to make these cookies!

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookie Recipe on I'm obsessed with these cookies!

The brown sugar cookies are soft and chewy. The sweet butterscotch chips are dotted throughout the cookie and take the cookies from good to GREAT! The brown sugar and butterscotch combo is to die for!

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies are a thing…a very good thing! You need to make a batch. Just be careful, they are dangerous. I think I ate six cookies in one day. I am eating for two though so technically I only had three cookies. I shared with the baby:)

I might have to go back to the store to buy more butterscotch chips. I only have five bags left and I want to make Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies every day!

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookie Recipe on The PERFECT cookie!

Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies

Yield: 26 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Soft and chewy brown sugar cookies with sweet butterscotch chips! You have to make these cookies! They are a favorite at our house!


2 1/4 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips
Extra dark brown sugar for rolling cookies, about 1/2 cup


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set pan aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. Place butter and dark brown sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until combined.

4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix until the just combined. Stir in the butterscotch chips.

5. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, form tablespoons size balls of cookie dough. Roll balls in brown sugar. Place on balls on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Do not over bake. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.

Slightly adapted from Epicurious

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82 Responses to “Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 29, 2014 @ 3:24 am

    Thanks for saying that about your baking chips. I too have all the varieties from mini to cinnamon to white choc and love butterscotch chips! If I ever get below 2-3 bags of any one kind, I panic :) I would love these cookies b/c brown sugar cookies and butterscotch are made for each other! pinned

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 29, 2014 @ 6:16 am

    I can’t think of a better addiction to have than to chocolate chips! I mean, if you don’t end up baking with them, they taste really good by the handful! I am loving the combo of brown sugar and butterscotch here….and these pictures are so pretty! I want these chewy cookies pronto! Pinned!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 29, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    I love a good, simple cookie recipe like this! Yum!

  4. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — January 29, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    My husband has the same addiction to chocolate chips which means I can’t have them in the house because they will be GONE. Seriously. He’d plow through your stash in no time. :)

    These cookies look absolutely perfect. I can see these being a favorite in our house, too.

  5. Erica — January 29, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    Butterscotch chips make a cookie look so cheerful. These look delicious. We have ice in Charleston for the first time in….a long time…like we’re covered can’t move. I think baking is a requirement today

  6. Toni — January 29, 2014 @ 7:09 am

    I have the chocolate chip addition, too. Nestle dark chocolate chips are my favorite — straight out of the bag.

    One of my newer finds has been these burgundy semisweet chocolate chunks ( they’re nice and creamy.

  7. I love different variety of chips, however, my Husband only likes semi-sweet. If I mix it up and add different kind of chips, he gets disappointed, so needless to say I have a huge variety of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the house, from every shape and size. Your cookies look out of this world!!

  8. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 29, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    these look amazing! Congrats to you! hope you are feeling good

  9. marla — January 29, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    Such fun cookies! I LOVE butterscotch :)

  10. Jenny Flake — January 29, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    Loooooove brown butter cookies! These look perfect! xo

  11. Heidi — January 29, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    Would these work without the cornstarch? Our family doesn’t eat corn and I haven’t picked up arrowroot to replace it yet.

    They sound really yummy and I want to try them!!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 9:34 am

      Yes, you can leave the conrnstarch out. It just makes a softer cookie!

  12. Julie @ Table for Two — January 29, 2014 @ 9:46 am

    LOVE the cornstarch in this! They really do make the cookie so soft!! I adore the brown sugar in these cookies. Butterscotch is such a great pairing too. Love love!!

  13. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 29, 2014 @ 9:48 am

    You can’t go wrong with butterscotch and these cookies look fabulous!

  14. Liz @ Virtually Homemade — January 29, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    I love butterscotch chips! These are also good in oatmeal cookies :) These are beautiful.

  15. Amanda — January 29, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    Sounds so yummy, and I love your presentation in the bowl of butterscotch chips :)

  16. Nana Phyllis — January 29, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    I love butterscotch chips, too! I sprinkle them over a hot bowl of oatmeal and they add such a wonderful flavor!

  17. Helena — January 29, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    Can I use light brown sugar instead of dark? I bought too much a at Xmas and am lolling for a way to use it. This sounds like a good opportunity! Thanks.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      Sure, you can use light brown sugar! Enjoy!

  18. Marie @ Little Kitchie — January 29, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    LOVE butterscotch!!! These look fantastic!

  19. Amanda — January 29, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    Butterscotch is one of my favorites! I’m definitely going to need to try these.

  20. Ashley — January 29, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    I absolutely LOVE butterscotch flavor. The butterscotch pudding was always my favorite as a kid. :) I will take the whole stack please!

  21. Liz — January 29, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    A lovely recipe. Thanks so much and have a Happy Day!

  22. I seriously could eat 27 of these bad boys! Love butterscotch!

  23. Linda — January 29, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    These sound good but not a big fan of butterscotch. If you are wanting cookies hope that means you are feeling better.

  24. natalie@thesweetslife — January 29, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    i have about a cup of butterscotch chips that I’ve been wondering how to use up–I think I just figured out how :)

  25. nancy k — January 29, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only one who has a chip/M&M stashing problem. I seem to alwys feel the need to buy bags when I see them on sale even though I know I have plenty at home. These yummy cookies will give me a very good reason to use a bag ot two very soon. Thanks for sharing

  26. Isadora — January 29, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    The grocery store just had a huge sale on chocolate chips and I bought about 20 bags! I’ve been trying to think of different ways to use them, besides eating them straight from the bag by the handful, and this recipe looks and sounds delicious! Thanks!

  27. Gaby — January 29, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

    Ooh, I need to make these soon! I am a butterscotch fanatic!

  28. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 29, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

    These look mouthwatering! I want to bite into one of these babies right now!

  29. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — January 29, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    I love butterscotch – it reminds me of when my Dad and I used to make butterscotch pudding together. I also love butterscotch candies – does that make me 75? 😉

  30. Emily @ Life on Food — January 29, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    I found 6 bags of mini chocolate chips the other day and felt like I needed to hide it from my husband. Glad to know I am not alone in the obsessive stocking of chips.

  31. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — January 29, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    I LOVE butterscotch. These cookies look out of control delicious!

  32. Jamie — January 29, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

    These look absolutely scrumptious. I will be trying these next time I make cookies. There are times when I wish my husband loved sweets more than he does. I am working on getting him to experience new things. I have found only one sweet I have made that he ate just about the batch all to himself.
    I will have to find myself some more friends that like sweets so I don’t end up with too much to each all to myself.

  33. Frogbaby — January 30, 2014 @ 3:01 am

    I was looking for a new cookie recipe. I typed in
    Chewy cookie and stumbled across your website with
    this recipe. Thank you sooooooo much! They are
    delicious and I can not bake them fast enough to
    keep in the cookie jar.

  34. Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 30, 2014 @ 8:15 am

    My baking cabinet is always well stocked with various flavors of chips. As soon a new flavor hits the shelves, my little paws are reaching for the bags. I just recently made a cookie with butterscotch chips and my family fell in love with them. I love this version! Pinned.

  35. Yum! They look so soft and tender!

  36. Donalyn@The Creekside Cook — January 30, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    ha – glad I am not the only one with a ridiculous collection of “chips” – I’m afraid to let of them run out because then I want some and the kind I need are all gone – horrors! These cookies look amazing – yum!

  37. I need to get my hands on a couple of these beautiful cookies!

  38. Lynna — February 2, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    It`s hard to not love cookies with butterscotch! I`m glad you gave this recipe it`s own post!

  39. Maggie — February 3, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    Clarification on brown sugar please.I would love to be baking these right now, but I don’t know whether to pack the sugar or not. Thank you.

    • Two Peas replied: — February 3rd, 2014 @ 9:13 am

      I always pack the brown sugar!

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