Oatmeal Scotchies

24 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Oatmeal Scotchies are a chewy, buttery oatmeal cookie filled with butterscotch chips. The perfect twist to the classic oatmeal cookie.

We love Oatmeal Cookies (my classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is a kid favorite) and these chewy cookies don’t disappoint! You’ll want to fill these with my amazing Classic Buttercream Frosting. They’ll be your favorite cookies ever.

Oatmeal Scotchies Recipe Oatmeal Scotchies

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Scotchies are the perfect combination of chewy classic oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips. We love the addition of butterscotch chips because they add a fun caramel flavor without the work of adding fresh caramel or dealing with melted and hardened caramel chips. These cookies stay buttery, chewy and moist and will rival your favorite oatmeal cookies!

These cookies have a classic flavor to them but you can make them your own too. We like to add in chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chopped nuts, sometimes a ¼ cup of peanut butter, some ground cinnamon or instead of light brown sugar you can add in dark brown sugar for a deeper molasses flavor.

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  • Use a combo of brown sugar and granulated sugar in your cookie recipe like we do in this one make the best cookies.
  • Under bake by 1-2 minutes if you find your cookies are coming out more crisp than you’d like.
  • If you’d like to make Crispy Oatmeal Scotchies bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes
  • If you mix the flour too much in the recipe the cookies can be too dry.
  • Refrigerate your cookie dough to keep the cookies thicker if you find they are baking too thin.
  • Use a good quality baking sheet/cookie sheet.


Instead of using flour, grind instant oats into flour instead and use in place of flour and bake as directed.

Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Recipe


If your cookies are baking flat you may need to refrigerate the cookie dough before baking. If you’ve let the dough sit out too long or if your kitchen is too hot and the butter has broken down in a kitchen that is too warm it won’t hold up it’s structure long enough to allow the cookies to bake thicker.

Using rolled oats instead of instant oats will also provide better structure for the cookies.


To keep these cookies fresh and chewy keep them stored in a tightly closed container for up to one week. If you find your cookies are going stale faster than that, try including a slice of bread in the container with them to absorb any excess moisture that is making it’s way into the container.

Can you freeze Oatmeal Scotchies? Yes, you absolutely can, just freeze them with parchment paper between layers, in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.


  • Use a good silicone mat. This prevents excess browning on the bottom of your cookies AND means you don’t have to worry about them sticking since we have caramel in these cookies.
  • Preheat your oven well ahead of time and check the temperature with an oven thermometer.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar well until very light and fluffy before adding in the flour mixture and the butterscotch chips.
  • Let your cookies cool completely on a wire rack instead of on the baking sheet. I only let them cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes to firm up before removing them.
  • Using a cookie scoop ensures all your cookies will be the same size.
  • Instead of using a stand mixer you can use a large bowl and hand mixer since you only need to beat butter with sugar and the rest of the ingredients only need to be barely combined.

Oatmeal Scotchies

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Oatmeal Scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies are a chewy, buttery oatmeal cookie filled with butterscotch chips. The perfect twist to the classic oatmeal cookie.
Yield 24 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and to your stand mixer add the butter and sugar on medium speed beating until light and fluffy for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla until well mixed then on low speed add in the flour and baking soda until just combined.
  • Add in the oats and butterscotch chips until just combined on low speed and using a 2 tablespoon measure scoop the dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. My cookies came out a bit oily and flat. I did refridgerate dough for the second batch and that helped a little. What else could I have done wrong? Not beat the egg and sugar together good enough? They taste good, but not very pretty. 🙂

    1. I meant butter and sugar. I did accidentally add the egg by mistake before mixing butter and sugar together, so I just mixed all three since the egg was already in.

      1. I’m sorry to hear that they came out flat – it sounds like your troubleshooting with the butter, sugar and eggs was the issue. Let me know if you try them again and have the same issue.

  2. Wow I just made these and they came out more like Lacey cookies they taste good but they’re super thin and falling apart. I am a chef and I’m always looking for new recipes. I’m not getting this one.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that they didn’t hold, it might have been too warm for the dough? But I’m glad they still tasted good!

  3. Butterscotch is not used enough these days IMO, so I’m thrilled to find this recipe with butterscotch chips. Your cookies look absolutely perfect and I’d definitely want two or three as an afternoon snack.

  4. Mmm these cookies look so tasty and perfectly chewy. And I have all the ingredients, woo hoo! Can’t wait to try them.

  5. These were so good! I couldn’t believe how quickly my kids ate them up. Thanks for another wonderful cookie recipe.

  6. This is the recipe I was looking for. I love the traditional oatmeal cookies but like to change it up a bit.