Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars

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The best of both worlds: cookies and cheesecake all in one!! These Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars are one of my favorite all time recipes!

Oatmeal Scotchies (oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips) are topped with a creamy cheesecake. These are always a hit!


Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars - this easy recipe combines oatmeal scotchie cookie bars with creamy cheesecake!

This post originally aired in 2012. Photos updated 2017.

Have you ever made something so incredibly good that you wanted to shout it from the rooftops? Yeah? Me too.

Have you ever then downloaded the photos, got all prepared to post it…and then got sidetracked by the shiny new other thing you made the next day that you justhadtopostrighthatminute?

And then that shiny new thing became seven shiny new things became 5 MONTHS worth of shiny new things?

And you hadn’t posted that so incredibly good recipe you made all that time ago?

Yeah, me too.

In my defense of not posting these bars last MAY when I made them, I got a new computer in July.

I know, I know. Two whole months later.

But all my old photos are on an external drive I only use for, well, external stuff now. So I decided to go back and look and see what I missed.

And then lighting struck me down and the recipe Gods shamed me because I had not shared these with you yet.

Imagine with me, mmkay?

It’s an Oatmeal Scotchie Cookie base. The same cookie dough, but pressed into a pan.

Then it’s topped with cheesecake.

Like I said. AMAZINGNESS to the nth degree. Something I should be shamed and punished for not sharing sooner.

You’ll forgive me, right?

I’ll try harder in the future. Really I will. Right after I clean off that drive. Pinky swear.

Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars are cheesecake bars with an oatmeal cookie crust!

Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars - this easy recipe combines oatmeal scotchie cookie bars with creamy cheesecake!

What are oatmeal scotchies?

They’re the best things ever: an oatmeal cookie with butterscotch. Butterscotch is such an underused ingredient and pairs SO well with oatmeal cookies.

Basically, you make the cookie dough and press it in a pan. Then you make an easy cheesecake mixture (my favorite simple base: cream cheese, egg, sour cream, sugar) and pour it on top. Then you back and have everyone’s favorite dessert:

A cheesecake with a cookie crust!

I promise this recipe is super easy. Rich butterscotch filled oatmeal cookie bars (no scooping cookies!) topped with creamy cheesecake. TO DIE FOR.

Recipe notes:

  • Don’t like butterscotch? We can’t be friends. (KIDDING!) Use what you like: chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, nothing.
  • Tip: don’t have sour cream? No problem – use nonfat plain greek yogurt instead!
  • Make sure ALL ingredients for the cheesecake mixture are room temperature and then beat the heck out of it to get rid of the lumps. Beating your cream cheese for a minute or so first to cream it up will help too.


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Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars

Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars have an oatmeal cookie base filled with butterscotch chips and topped with an easy creamy cheesecake.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


Yield: 16 bars
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 2 teaspoon vanillas, divided
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the cookie layer: mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and ¼ cup granulated sugar until creamy. Add one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats and butterscotch chips. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Make the cheesecake layer: Beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer for 1 minute, or until smooth. Add sour cream, remaining 1 egg, remaining ¼ cup sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla and beat until smooth. It's important to start with room temperature ingredients so there will be no lumps. Pour over cookie layer.
  4. Bake for about 35-45 minutes until top of cheesecake looks solid and starts to crack around the edges (mine took about 40 minutes). Cool for an hour and then refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight before cutting into bars.
  5. Optional topping: melt 1/2 cup butterscotch chips with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil on high power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Place melted candy in a sandwich bag and cut off one tip; drizzle over cut bars.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 258 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 56mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g Protein: 3g

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  1. I need to go back through my archives. I’m sure something fantastic is hiding there too πŸ™‚ These are probably the combination of two of my favorite desserts. I’m in love.

  2. Holy haaaaaaaaaiiill. So THESE are those bars you told me about on our walk several weeks ago that you’re just now posting! πŸ˜‰ they are AMAZEBALLS. Oatmeal scotchies paired with cheesecake? It would be criminal had you kept us waiting any longer, missy.

  3. Oh my! So glad you found these so now I can have the recipe : )

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!


  4. Dorothy, I’ll forgive you if you hand over 2 of these bars right now! Oh crap, you made them 5 months ago, you don’t have any left! You probably didn’t have any left 10 minutes after taking these photos. Well, you’re my friend so I forgive you anyway πŸ™‚ At least I have the recipe so I can make up a batch! Pinned!

  5. I don’t care if you made it two days, two months, or two years ago. These look wonderful and the point is, you did share it!! Yum!

  6. These are pretty much all my fave things in one. Genius!! They’ll be going to the top of my “To Bake” list! Thanks for sharing!

  7. For major forgiveness (and brownie) points, could I recommend that you whip up a batch of these treats and send them to your readers via express mail? I think I might be able to forgive you then for posting these *awesome* desserts!

  8. You are forgiven seeing as I have done the same to all of you! It gets hard after baking so many things that just have to get posted right away to keep up:-) I think these cheesecake bars sound super duper incredible…I just love oatmeal scotchie cookies so much!!!

  9. Oatmeal scotchies are my favorite and I cannot wait to top them with cheesecake!! The recipe Gods forgive you πŸ˜‰

  10. I have 18 recipes in my queue that I have made and photographed. The oldest one if from March. MARCH!! They just get shuffled around…
    So glad you shared this one, looks fantastic!!

  11. Dorothy, these sound so perfect. Thanks for posting. I love your site and have added it to my bookmarks! I’ll be back soon! Have a great week πŸ™‚

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  13. What a great combo! So pretty too!
    I have probably over FIFTY recipes made and photographed but I just can’t seem to find the time to post them! Maybe one day…when my babes finally agree that sleep is necessary…

  14. I see these in my future! Look sooooo yummy!! Actually, I’m a firm believer in “blog post stash”… πŸ™‚ Have a great week, Dorothy!

  15. Thanks for sharing these yummy yummies on Munchin’ on Mondays…Have a great week!

  16. I’ll forgive you Dorothy because these look the bees knees! What’s an oatmeal scotchie? Whatever it is, it sounds good and paired with cheesecake and chocolate drizzle is right up my street!

  17. I love oatmeal cookies, butterscotch, scotchies – the whole base layer looks fab! And then…the cheesecake!

  18. Dorothy! These are two of my favorite things rolled up in one amazing dessert…they look phenomenal!

  19. Holy Cow! These look so good! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Chef in Training. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-18.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  20. Oh my, do those look delicious! I love anything with cheesecake, and then paired with the oatmeal and the buttscotch chips…Yum!

  21. Better late than never! These look fantastic.

  22. I can’t believe you waited so long to post this amazing recipe! Pinning πŸ™‚

  23. These look great! I’m guilty of taking pictures halfway through my projects, and then not taking a picture of the final product. One day maybe I’ll get around to finishing it all up! Thanks for sharing with us for Tasty Tuesday!

  24. WOW!!!!!! These are getting pinned, and as soon as I’m done with my Unprocessed Challenge… they are on the top of the list to make!

  25. I should never visit your blog after midnight!:)
    It’s hard to go to sleep after seeing such scrumptious treat
    They look AMAZING

  26. OK, Dorothy… You’re forgiven. I mean, how could anyone stay mad at you when you made such a decadent treat to share? They look incredible and they’re definitely going into my recipe file. Thanks for sharing them. Finally. :~) Mary

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  35. OMG…these are AMAZING!! I think I love you!!

  36. Can regular oats be substituted for the quick cooking ones?

  37. Wow, this just looks so great! I’m really looking forward to try them!

    Rating: 5
  38. This sounds so good!! Can’t wait to try it!

    Rating: 5

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