Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies

Soft and chewy oatmeal scotchies are cinnamon-spiced, sweetened with brown sugar, packed with oats, and loaded with butterscotch chips. With crisp edges and chewy centers, every bite is buttery, delicious, and packed with texture.

oatmeal scotchies on a cooling rack

Butterscotch chips or butterscotch morsels, whatever you call them, are an oatmeal cookie’s best friend. Dare I say these two are even better friends than oatmeal cookies and raisins? And you know how I feel about oatmeal raisin cookies!


These Are The Best Oatmeal Scotchies And Here’s Why

Butterscotch brings you right back to childhood eating butterscotch candies at grandma’s kitchen table. Pair that with cinnamon and these cookies scream nostalgia. Not only are they nostalgic, they’re:

  • Soft and chewy in the center
  • Slightly crisp on the edges
  • Loaded with oats for mega texture
  • Studded with butterscotch morsels
  • Cinnamon spiced
  • Just like grandma’s
  • No crazy ingredients or mixing techniques

I plead my case. Oatmeal scotchies rule.

stack of oatmeal scotchies

oatmeal scotchies cookie dough in a glass bowl

Best Ingredients to Use in Oatmeal Scotchies

  • Flour: All-purpose flour is the structure of the cookies.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda helps the cookies rise.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon and butterscotch are a winning flavor combination. You’ll love the sweet cinnamon spice in each bite.
  • Salt: Salt adds flavor.
  • Butter: We use 1 cup of room temperature butter in this cookie recipe. Make sure your butter is at proper room temperature– if it’s too warm, your cookies will overspread. Here are my tips and tricks to prevent cookies from spreading. See the picture below for properly softened butter. It’s actually cool to touch, not warm. When you press it, your finger will make an indent. For even more information, here’s an in-depth post about room temperature butter. Worth the read!
  • Sugar: Sugar is not only used for sweetness, but also for providing structure and tenderness. We use both brown sugar and white granulated sugar in this recipe. I like to use more brown sugar than white sugar because (1) brown sugar has incredible flavor and (2) brown sugar contains more moisture than white, which produces a softer cookie.
  • Eggs: 2 eggs help bind everything together.
  • Molasses: Molasses is my secret ingredient! Just 1 scant Tablespoon of molasses in oatmeal cookies enhances all the wonderful flavors of buttery sweet oatmeal butterscotch cookies.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds flavor.
  • Oats: There are a ton of oats in this recipe. Whole old-fashioned oats provide a fabulously chewy texture.
  • Butterscotch Morsels: Butterscotch morsels are a little smaller than chocolate chips, so you can really pack them into each cookie. I actually counted 20 of them in 1 single cookie. And that’s not an exaggeration!

2 sticks of softened butter

Room temperature butter is about 65°F (18°C), which is likely cooler than your kitchen. So if your cookies are spreading too much, you’re probably softening your butter too much. Good rule of thumb: set your butter out on the counter 1 hour before you begin. If it gets too soft (use your finger to test), place back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Don’t sabotage your efforts; make sure your butter is the correct consistency before you begin.

By the way, here’s my trick for softening butter quickly.

oatmeal scotchies cookie dough on a baking sheet before baking

Overview: How to Make Oatmeal Scotchies

These soft and chewy oatmeal scotchies start from my base oatmeal cookie recipe. We use the same base recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, magic 5 cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, and many more. It’s an oatmeal cookie recipe I’ve been playing around with for years and I love creating new variations! What’s even better? They come together quickly and easily.

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together, beat the wet ingredients together, then combine both. Mix in the oats and butterscotch morsels. This is a super sticky and thick cookie dough. Cover the dough and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes, an important step for this cookie dough. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, scoop about 3 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie and form into balls. Here is the cookie scoop I love and highly recommend for this sticky dough. Bake the cookies until they’re lightly browned on the sides. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more butterscotch morsels into the tops– this is only for looks!

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Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Yield: 20-22 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These soft & chewy oatmeal scotchies cookies are loaded with butterscotch chips in every bite. The centers are chewy and soft, the edges are crisp, and every bite is buttery delicious!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon unsulphured or dark molasses
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (240g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 2 cups (280g) butterscotch morsels

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until combined and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, molasses, and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, beat in the oats and butterscotch morsels. Dough will be thick and sticky. Cover and chill the dough for at least 45 minutes in the refrigerator (and up to 4 days). If chilling for longer than a few hours, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. Scoop cookie dough (here’s the cookie scoop I love), about 3 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 4 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more butterscotch morsels into the tops– this is only for looks!
  7. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Here are my tips and tricks for how to freeze cookie dough.
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  3. Molasses: 1 Tablespoon of molasses helps give these cookies incredible flavor. If you don’t have any, simply leave it out. Do not replace with anything else.
  4. Brown Sugar: I prefer using dark brown sugar in oatmeal scotchies.
  5. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

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181 Comments

  1. These are so amazing, definitely a level up from the oatmeal butterscotch cookies I’m used to. The molasses and touch of cinnamon really add depth of flavor. Mine turned out with a bit of a lacy, crispy edge and perfectly chewy centers. I froze half of the dough to make later and they turned out great. I’m going to make a note on the recipe to try sprinkling a little flaky salt on them next time. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Ooh, great reminder about the salt! Too bad I read it after the last tray was in the oven – hope I remember next time! 🙂

  2. Jolie Wasneechak says:

    I have made these several times and they always come out so good. This is my “go to” recipe for oatmeal scotchies. I love the addition of the molasses. MMMMMGOOD!

  3. Julia Clark says:

    Would these work in bar form? If so, any idea what size pan and baking time?

    1. Hi Julia! Yes, you can turn this cookie recipe into a cookie bar recipe. This cookie dough should fit into a 9×13 inch baking pan or for much thicker cookie bars, use a 9×9 inch. I’m unsure of the exact bake time though.

  4. Can I ask why mine looked beautiful when they first came out… then deflated and looked icky. I weighed my ingredients where indicated, and baked on a “air” cookie sheet. Help!

    1. I weighed my ingredients also and they turned out flat and super dark. I don’t think the flour weight is correct in this recipe. If I do it again I will be sure to measure instead.

  5. The morsels come in an 11 oz. bag (remember when it was 12 oz.? They’re cheating, and one bag costs almost $4!!!!) The recipe on the back says that is 1 2/3 cups. Today I’m just going to add some toasted walnuts to make up the difference. Could you please adjust your recipe to make the amount realistic based on how people would actually purchase the morsels? I prefer your recipes because they include weights, whereas the bags only use measures. Thanks 🙂

  6. Made these for nistalgia’s sake, and they are close enough to what I remember to work on that level, while having a bit more complexity of flavor, yay! Plus, as written they make a larger-than-average cookie, which I like. I made the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe from this site first, and doubled its size to a quarter cup (4 tablespoons) dough per cookie. (Made 3 trays). As this recipe was already 3T, I didn’t have to change the size. I had a serving spoon that was exactly 3 tablespoons, so I can report that with 12 cookies per tray (plus 1 xtra cookie), this recipe requires 4 trays’ worth of oven time. I had to cook them about 20 minutes each. Worth it!
    I almost gave this recipe 4 s because the morsels have so many unhealthy ingredients, but that’s not your fault, so I gave it 5 s.

  7. Melinda Blair says:

    I hate autocorrect y’all! I meant to ask if I add nuts to this recipe what’s a good amount? Somehow I asked how much “it’s” to put in in my previous comment… Thank you and I’m looking forward to trying these beauties out!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Melinda, You can definitely replace some of the butterscotch morsels with your choice of nuts. Just keep the total amount of butterscotch morsels plus nuts to 2 cups (for example, one cup of each). Enjoy!

  8. Brittany DeRosier says:

    Thank you for this amazing and PERFECT recipe! I mostly appreciate all the pro tips about room temps and the reasoning behind it all! My mom used to make these cookies all the time growing up and they’re my favorite. I made them yesterday just with proportions from a different recipe and they came out harder and not as moist. I found this recipe and followed it to a T and am so happy! I highly recommend, thanks again!

  9. Once again another fantastic recipe from Sally. I am never disappointed. I actually used cinnamon chips that Hershey put out this holiday season after being off the market for a few years. Yum, yum, and yum. Plan on freezing the dough so I can make when needed for company. Wait…. no one is coming over anymore so guess I’ll eat all myself!

  10. These are the best oatmeal scotchies I’ve ever eaten!! Made them per the request of my brother as this type of cookie is far from my favorite; most recipes produce dry, hard, bland cookies. These are truly amazing! Love the hint of cinnamon, slight crunch, chewy center & that they seem to melt in my mouth. I’ve never written a recipe review before but this one earned it—I’ll be making these again & often.

  11. I just got your recipe book for Christmas (yay!) and noticed that this Oatmeal Scotchie recipe is completely different than the one listed in there. I’m trying to decide with one to bake this weekend!
    Is there one that you prefer? How do the finished products of each recipe differ?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Katie, This recipe is a bit softer and chewier than the one from the book. It uses whole oats instead of the quick oats which absorb more moisture, so you get more texture in every bite!

  12. Hi!
    Can I use 1 cup of applesauce instead of butter?? Just wondering if it would change the taste too drastically

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Grace, using applesauce instead of butter will change the texture of the cookies completely, we don’t suggest the swap. You may love these Breakfast Cookies – see recipe notes for using applesauce instead of bananas.

  13. I added a tablespoon of kumquat jam and some dried cranberries to my 1 cup of butterscotch morsels. Delicious

  14. Love it! The tips about butter temperature are much appreciated. My kitchen temp can vary throughout the year. I also already own molasses as I love to make and freeze gingerbread scones! The salt on top of the Scotchies made my husband very happy. Mine turned out darker than yours, but we loved the results!

  15. These are SO good! Made recipe mostly as listed, even had molasses on hand which I think took this cookie to a new level. But, as someone else posted, the current bags of morsels fall short of the 2 cups. It still made a yummy cookie. I just copied onto a recipe card (yes, I’m a dinosaur) for future use. Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. I’ve made these twice and the first time they came out great, this time however the cookie dough is really wet. I’m tempted to add more oats but I think I’m just going to refrigerate it for a while and see if it sets up. What do you recommend for this issue?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Hannah! Did you make any changes? You could try beating in a couple Tbs of flour or some oats to help it firm up if refrigerating doesn’t work.

  17. Troy Gremillion says:

    Hi Sally! Dumb question, but which size cookie scoop do you recommend using — medium or large?

    1. Hi Troy, large cookie scoops typically hold 3 Tablespoons of dough which is perfect for this recipe.

  18. I don’t know what happened, but these are the fattest cookies I’ve made in years. I bake cookies often, and followed these directions to a T. Quite disappointing, although I will still say the flavor is good. Probably won’t make these again, and if I do I’ll add flour.

    1. Flattest. Flattest cookies, not fattest. I wish they were the fattest!

  19. These are delicious, although I did make a few changes to suit my dietary needs…. First, I didn’t have any molasses on hand, but I did have some sorghum so I used that instead, and lowered the salt just a smidge. More notably, I cut both the butter and the sugars in half! They still turned out great! I was able to get 35 cookies out of a single batch this way, and they came in at about 134 calories each! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. I only had crisco, but these came out beautifully and taste amazing. Will definitely make again.

  21. Wait, what happened to the wonderful Honey Peanut Butter Oatmeal Scotchies that used to be at this link? I’ve made them so many times, and now they’re just gone! They had photos on a turquoise plate. It was a completely different recipe, with flaxseed and whole wheat flour. They were wonderful. Please say they’re coming back??

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Bethany! We were no longer satisfied with the outcome of that older recipe, so we unpublished it. We still have it, so send us an email and we can forward it to you. [email protected] Thank you!

      1. Thanks so much! I sent the request via email. 🙂

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