Old Fashioned Butterscotch Cookies (Soft and Chewy)

An easy drop cookie with plenty of butterscotch chips. Soft and chewy with golden brown edges, just like Grandma's

A recipe for butterscotch cookies, perfect for holidays or after school.

close up view of drop cookies with butterscotch chips

Butterscotch Cookies are a classic cookie that you don’t find every day.

Even though you might not be able to find these at the grocery store, you can make them at home easily—this recipe uses our favorite drop cookie base recipe with the perfect blend of white and brown sugar. No chilling is required, and the dough is easy to work with.

It’s soft and straightforward, with plenty of butterscotch chips in every bite.

What you’ll need

sugar, flour, brown sugar, sugar, and butterscotch chips on marble counter
  • salted butter is the perfect base for a soft cookie with crisp edges
  • granulated white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butterscotch chips you can find in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips

How to make butterscotch cookies

Creaming the butter, sugar, and eggs gives

process shots of making cookie dough in mixing bowl

Be sure to butter the butter and sugar with the egg for at least 3-5 minutes on medium speed. If you want to pull out your stand mixer, that’s fine, but I find that a hand mixer works just as well.

Making the dough

You’ll want to mix the dry ingredients separately and mix them in on low a bit at a time. (This helps them mix in better and avoids a situation where flour is flying everywhere.)

Adding the butterscotch chips is the best part. You can fold them in by hand or do it with your mixer on low speed- either way is fine.

Shaping and baking the cookies

grid of scoops of cookie dough on baking sheet, finished cookies on cooling rack

Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of dough and drop them onto the prepared cookie sheet. (If you don’t have parchment, make sure you buttered it or sprayed it with cooking spray, so they don’t stick!).

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven. You want the edges to be golden brown but not dark. The cookies will seem very soft but will cool to doneness.

Cookie making tips and tricks

  • If the dough is too soft for you, feel free to put it in the fridge briefly. You can also refrigerate the dough if you’d like to make it ahead of time.
  • If your butterscotch chips are small, you’ll get more butterscotch flavor in every bite. You can find mini chips in some stores.
  • Be careful not to overcook them or they’ll be dry and crumbly instead of soft and delicious.
  • It’s best to bake one cookie sheet at a time, in the center rack. But to save time, bake two sheets at a time and switch halfway through.

More classic cookie recipes

6 butterscotch cookies on white plate

Recipe

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Old Fashioned Soft Butterscotch Cookies

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An easy drop cookie with plenty of butterscotch chips. Soft and chewy with golden brown edges, just like Grandma's
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:12 mins
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick) softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounce package of butterscotch chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 with the rack in the center. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  • Beat the butter, sugars, and egg with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and blend until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
    creamed butter and sugar
  • Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate mixing bowl and add to the butter mixture, mixing on low, 1 cup at a time. Scrape down the bowl and fold in the butterscotch chips.
    wooden spoon mixing in butterscotch chips
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough onto the cookie sheets, 15 cookies per sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days.
    2 cookies fulled baked with golden brown edges

Notes

You can freeze the cookie dough as balls and bake them straight from frozen (just add 1-2 minutes off baking time).
Try substituting half of the butterscotch chips with chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: butterscotch cookies, fall cookie recipes, no-chill cookie recipes, old fashioned cookie recipes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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Give these butterscotch cookies a try and see if they don’t earn a place in your cookie rotation.

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