Classic Oatmeal Scotchies

classic oatmeal scotchies

Classic Oatmeal Scotchies are the nostalgic, chewy, butterscotch-filled cookies of childhood summers that you and your family will love!

oatmeal scotchies cookies

The Method

This recipe is our version of this childhood favorite. It’s easy to mix up a batch and has the perfect balance of oats and butterscotch. The method is the same one we use for other cookies: simply cream together the butter and sugar, then add your egg and vanilla before stirring in your dry ingredients. Gently mix in the oats and butterscotch chips at the end, being careful not to overmix the dough. 

cooling classic oatmeal scotchies

Chill Out

Then, the dough needs to chill out a bit so that the oats can absorb a bit of moisture from the egg and butter, and so that all the flavors in the dough can get to know one another, combining to create a smooth, delicious flavor. The chill time also helps create that chewy texture we love, keeping your cookies from becoming too dry. But don’t worry, even a half hour of chill time will help. If you are ahead of the game, though, let the dough chill as long as overnight.

After that, all you need to do is scoop the dough into even little rounds and bake! Be careful not to overbake these. Pull them out of the oven when they still seem a bit under-done. They will finish baking as they cool and the texture will be perfect.

Like most cookies, these classic oatmeal scotchies are so delicious warm from the oven. Serve with some ice cream for a fun treat, or simply plate them up and watch them disappear!

classic oatmeal scotchies

The Chips

Did you know you can make your own butterscotch chips? This recipe looks promising, though we haven’t yet given it a try. Of course, buying a bag of pre-made chips is a great option and what we did when testing this recipe. There is a difference in flavor and sweetness between brands, so use the one you like the best! 

stack of classic oatmeal scotchies cookies

More Cookie Recipes

You can never have enough cookies! Here are some more recipes, so you can bake up the perfect cookie treat! Which is your favorite?


oatmeal scotchies cookie with bite taken out of it alongside a glass of milk
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classic oatmeal scotchies

Classic Oatmeal Scotchies

Classic Oatmeal Scotchies are the nostalgic, chewy, butterscotch-filled cookies of childhood summers that you and your family will love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3-3/4 ounces (1/2 cup) packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/3 ounces (1/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6-3/4 ounces (1-1/2 cups) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6-1/2 ounces (1 cup) butterscotch chips
  • 4-1/4 ounces (1 cups + 2 tablespoons) old fashioned oats


  • Cream: In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until light in color and very fluffy, 4-6 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, then continue to mix until smooth.
  • Mix: In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add these dry ingredients to your batter and mix on low speed until the flour mixture is just incorporated. This should take about a minute. Be careful not to overmix! Gently stir in butterscotch chips and oats.
  • Chill: Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  • Bake and Cool: When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop tablespoon-size balls of dough and place them 2 inches apart on your prepared baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Different brands of butterscotch chips have different flavors and different levels of sweetness, so choose your favorite.
Keyword butterscotch, cookies, oatmeal
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