Oatmeal Scotchies

By Maria Lichty

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Oatmeal Scotchies-soft and chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with sweet butterscotch chips. These cookies are a family favorite and I think your family will love them too!

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I love a good oatmeal cookie. They have always been one of my favorites and I didn’t think they could get any better until I met Oatmeal Scotchies.

My dad is a HUGE butterscotch fan and he introduced me to these cookies when I was little. We always had butterscotch chips in the pantry so we could make oatmeal scotchies. I always asked to make them because I loved the cookies and the name:)

The cinnamon spiced oatmeal cookies are soft and chewy in the center, slightly crisp around the edges, and loaded with sweet butterscotch chips. I add a sprinkle of sea salt when they come out of the oven for the perfect finishing touch.

The only problem? They are highly addictive. I can never stop at one cookie. Hey, at least there is oatmeal involved, which also makes them a great breakfast cookie. Life is too short to not eat cookies for breakfast:) My dad taught me that important life lesson too.

Oatmeal Scotchies Ingredients

You are going to love this cookie recipe because the ingredients are super simple and I bet you have most of them already.

  • Flour– use all-purpose flour.
  • Baking Soda– check the date to make sure it is fresh. I recommend updating your baking soda every six months to be safe.
  • Cinnamon– cinnamon and butterscotch is a match made in heaven. Don’t skip it1
  • Salt– always add salt for flavor!
  • Butter– I use unsalted butter for all of my cookie recipes because I like to control how much salt is in the recipe. Make sure the butter is at room temperature and NOT too soft or melted.
  • Sugar– I use brown sugar and granulated sugar, but more brown sugar because you want the cookies to be soft and chewy. The brown sugar also adds a slight caramel, molasses flavor. Always pack your brown sugar!
  • Egg– you will need one large egg for this recipe.
  • Vanilla extract– a MUST for cookies!
  • Oats– use regular old fashioned oats, not quick oats. The larger oats make a chewier cookie.
  • Butterscotch chips– the star of the cookie! I like Guittard butterscotch chips best, but use your favorite. You can find them in the baking aisle right by the chocolate chips.

Oatmeal scotchies are easy to make so you can whip up a batch in no time. Here are a few tips to help you make perfect cookies every single time!

  • Use light colored baking sheet so the cookies don’t burn on the bottom. I also like to line the pan with parchment paper or a Slipat baking mat.
  • I always whisk together the dry ingredients to make sure they are incorporated.
  • I can’t stress this enough, but make sure your butter is not too soft. You want it at cool room temperature and not greasy or soft. When you press your thumb into the butter stick it should barely leave an indent. I would rather the butter be too cold than too warm. If it gets too warm, you can always put it back in the fridge for a bit. If the butter is too warm, your cookies will be flat and look greasy…and we don’t want that!
  • You can use a stand mixer or hand mixer. I like to beat the butter for 30 seconds before adding in the sugars. Once you add the sugars, beat for about one minute until nice and creamy.
  • When you mix in the dry ingredients, mix on low and just until combined. Don’t over mix.
  • I always stir the oats and butterscotch chips in with a spatula.
  • You don’t have to chill the dough, but you certainly can. The dough will keep in the fridge for up to 72 hours.
  • Don’t over bake the cookies. Take them out of the oven when the centers are still soft and the edges are just starting to brown. They will finish baking as they cool on the baking sheet. If you over bake the cookies, they will be crispy instead of soft and chewy.
  • I like to sprinkle the cookies with a little flaky sea salt as soon as they come out of the oven. Make sure you do this when the cookies are still warm so the salt will stick.

How to Store

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. If you want to keep the cookies super soft, you can put a piece of bread in the container. The bread will get rock hard and the cookies will stay soft. It’s magic!

You can freeze the baked cookies or the cookie dough for up to 3 months. To freeze the cookie dough, roll the dough into balls and freeze on a tray for 30 minutes. Transfer the cookie dough balls to a freezer container or bag and freeze. When ready to bake, add a few minutes to the baking time.

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Oatmeal Scotchies

Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with sweet butterscotch chips. These cookies are a family favorite and I think your family will love them too!
4.69 from 32 votes



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  • Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to beat the butter on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add in the sugars and beat until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract; mix until combined. With the mixer off, add all of the dry ingredients. Mix on low until just combined, don’t over mix.
  • Stir in the oats and butterscotch chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop the dough into balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are slightly golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. They will finish baking as they cool. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle cookies with flaky sea salt. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


This recipe can easily be doubled.


Calories: 204kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 140mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 233IU, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. I am allergic to cinnamon, do you think they will taste ok if I leave that out? Otherwise is there something else to substitute?

  2. I am allergic to cinnamon and I was wondering if these would taste ok if I left it out? Otherwise is there a substitute?

  3. 5 stars
    Our family makes chocolate chip cookies every Sunday, but decided to try something new this week. These Oatmeal Scotchies are sooooooo delicious! We might have a new favorite on our hands! (I have yet to make a recipe of Maria’s that isn’t amazing.) Just wish I would have doubled the recipe. Next time!

  4. OMG! I just made these and my 8 year old daughter said they were better than chocolate chip cookies! One bite and her eyes almost popped out of her head! So delicious and a new cookie staple in our house Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    So great and loved how they stayed so soft/chewy! Everyone loved them! Used 1:1 King Arthur GF flour and worked just fine. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Another winner! These cookies really need a “Warning! Highly Addictive!” sign next to them. The flakey salt really brings them over the top. Thanks for another great cookie recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    So easy to make and perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy inside. We also loved the sprinkle of salt at the end. Keeping this recipe!

    1. You can try adding more flour next time. I am not sure how flat they were, but maybe start with 1/4 cup extra flour. Also, make sure your butter isn’t too warm. You can always chill the dough before baking too.

  8. Hi, oatmeal scotchie cookies were my Grandpa’s favorite. He loved to make them for my mom,brother, sister and I and of course my Grandma Happy memory

  9. 5 stars
    I didn’t have enough butterscotch so I filled the difference with white morsels. I used a one and a half inch scoop. Baked at the temperature suggested for ten minutes. I also added pecans. I used instant oats because I did not have old fashioned. These cookies were absolutely delicious not flat at all nice and soft on the inside beautiful texture. I printed this recipe and added it to my collection. Thank you!!

  10. 5 stars
    This is an extremely awesome versatile recipe. I had used an oatmeal scotchie recipe from a different website & it was DISASTROUS. Hadn’t wanted look for a different one for over a year. I bake everyday. I share my baked items with many ppl. Tried this few weeks ago & made it a 2nd time dividing dough in half using choc chips in half & raisins & white chips in other half. Both turn out so perfect!
    A BIG Thank You for this recipe. Will be passing this one to my grandkids!

  11. 5 stars
    I made these a few weeks ago and they were delicious! Now I’m already going to make them again! I ran out of butterscotch chips so I’m using chocolate chips this time. This will definitely be my go to oatmeal cookie recipe from now on! Thanks for sharing!