Oatmeal Scotchies


Oatmeal Scotchies are a classic oatmeal cookie recipe full of butterscotch chips. This cookie is simple and easy and it’s one of my favorite cookie recipes!

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When I was a kid, I hated butterscotch. Detested it. My mom would make rice crispy treats and add a package of butterscotch chips and I wouldn’t touch them with a 10-foot pole. But, as I’ve gotten older, my picky palate has improved.

When I started this blog I didn’t like a lot of things. And that changed with time: Almond Joy candy bars now. Like, love to the nth degree. And I used to hate coconut more than I hated butterscotch, and lemon desserts were a no-go too. Now lemon desserts are one of the most popular on this blog and coconut is one of my favorites. Same goes with butterscotch.

I grew up making oatmeal cookies, but hadn’t ever added butterscotch until I was an adult. Several years ago I wanted something without chocolate for those (confusing) people who don’t like chocolate and I’m always worried about making peanut butter at potlucks, so butterscotch it was.

I feel like oatmeal cookies are totally underrated, when they’re actually one of my favorites. I grew up making the Quaker Vanishing Oatmeal Cookie recipe, and I still love them to this day.

stack of oatmeal scotchie cookies

I’ve turned this same recipe into oatmeal scotchie cheesecake bars and oatmeal scotchie bars with brownies.

These cookies don’t disappoint. Every time I make these cookies, everyone who eats them tells me “those were awesome!” I took them to the potluck and had the distinct pleasure of watching people go back to the table for seconds (and thirds).

I wish I could claim the recipe as my own, but I can’t. It’s an adaption of the aforementioned Quaker oatmeal cookies. I’m not even sure if they include that recipe on the canisters anymore, but I’ve had it written down since I was a teenager. It’s my go-to oatmeal cookie.

close up of stack of oatmeal scotchies
  • This is an easy recipe – no chilling needed.
  • These stack easily and ship easily, in case you want to send them as gifts.
  • These freeze really well too.

Even if you don’t think you like butterscotch, give these a try. You’ll like them, I promise!


These Oatmeal Scotchies are a simple and easy oatmeal cookie full of butterscotch chips!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cook oats
  • 2 cups butterscotch chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners.
  • 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 and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the oats and butterscotch chips.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls onto your prepared baking sheets. I like to use a 2 tablespoon sized ice cream scoop for this so the cookies will all be the same size.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool five minutes and then remove from pan to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies

If you love oatmeal cookies, be sure to try:

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This Berry Crisp has an oatmeal cookie crumble!

close up of stack of cookies

The BEST Oatmeal Scotchies recipe!! This oatmeal cookie with butterscotch chips is soft and chewy and my favorite cookie.

Last Updated on July 27, 2021

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    1. A stand mixer is a game changer! I remember mixing them by hand as a kid and my mom making my dad do it, lol!

  1. when Nestle came out with the recipe for Oatmeal Scotchies, they an immediate hit with people and over the years are just as strong as ever! However somewhere along the line an ingredient in the original cookies was dropped. Fortunately I have the original recipe and still make them that way. It called for orange extract, not cinnamon and that made these cookies really special. To this day I only make them with the orange and everyone raves about them. It’s only a little bit, 1/4 tsp but what a difference it makes! I’m not sure why they made the change, but trust me they are better with the orange. You won’t be sorry!

      1. absolutely leave in the vanilla but drop the cinnamon! You can even up the 1/4 tsp to a 1/2 tsp if you like – they are just great with that hint of orange!! Also chill the dough before dropping on cookie sheets. Keeps them from spreading too much.

  2. I love oatmeal cookies and butterscotch! Why wouldn’t you put them together? These were delicious! I ate four as soon as they cooled enough out of the oven. I love your recipes, well done! 

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