Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
After several requests for this recipe, I am finally posting it. If you are a family member and you've been waiting ever since our summer camping trip, well, what can I say? Sometimes, I get distracted by chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

Chewy oatmeal and butterscotch chips are always a delicious combination in a cookie. (I have since discovered that these are also called Oatmeal Scotchies. Cute name, right?) I have made these cookies numerous times in the past and they are always a hit. This time, I made these cookies with 100% fresh whole wheat and I didn't notice even a slight difference in the taste or texture. I've noticed that whole wheat combined with oatmeal is a great combination when converting my recipes over to 100% whole wheat instead of AP (all-purpose) flour.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
(printable recipe)

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh whole wheat flour (if you are using AP flour, reduce this amount to 1 1/4 cups total)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 2/3 cups (approximately 11 oz) butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth and almost fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugars and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth again.

In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients except the butterscotch chips. Gradually add this mixture to the wet ingredients, half at a time. Stir until fully combined. Add the butterscotch chips and stir well.

I used a medium size cookie scoop (about a tablespoon in size) to drop the dough onto a large baking sheet lined with a silpat mat. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove from the oven before the cookies are browned and when they still look soft in the center. Let them cool on the same tray for 5-10 minutes; this will allow them to finish baking without overcooking.

When the cookies are firm enough to handle, transfer them to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely. The finished cookies freeze well and the dough also freezes well. When I am baking the cookie dough straight from the freezer, I allow a few extra minutes for the baking.

37 comments:

  1. Oh, yum!!! These sound amazing...I can't resist a chewy oatmeal cookie :)

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  2. LOVE butterscotch! super cookies - a wonderful after school snack. By the way - I found some chai seeds and have been using them non stop!
    Thanks :)
    Mary

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  3. Butterscotch and oatmeal... best cookie combo! I'm book marking this recipe for later... looks so good right now!

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  4. I may or may not have devoured an entire bag of butterscotch chips last week. And now I may or may not (i.e. definitely am) be regretting it because I could have turned them into these fabulous cookies!

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  5. Delicious!! What else needs to be said? :)

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  6. These sound amazing. I think you brought these over while we were pregnant, but with AP flour!? Either way my husband loves loves loves butterscotch.

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  7. I've always made the regular oatmeal cookies...like the kind you find on an oatmeal box...but I never heard of adding butterscotch chips to them. I'll try it out when it starts getting cold.

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  8. Butterscoth in cookies is one of my all time favorite!!! I ADD BUTTERSCOTH CHIPS WHEN i HAVE THEM ON HAND TO EVERYTHING!:)

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  9. I used to make these for my children many years ago. I may to try these again - love the butterscotch chips :)

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  10. The name of these lists all things I love. The use of WW flour and oats is great.

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  11. I've never ever liked oatmeal cookie flavored anything until I had these oatmeal butterscotch cookies this past Christmas. They are sooo good and yours look great!

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  12. Donna, these are the same cookies. I'm not a huge fan of butterscotch, so it always amazes me just how popular they are.

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  13. My Hubs like butterscotch and oatmeal cookies. These sound great. If it were me eating them, I would add chocolate chips instead

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  14. Wow! Love the ingredients and this recipe. How creative and fun!

    Thanks for giving the heads up about freezing too!

    Can't wait to try this out!

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  15. You can't go wrong with a chewy oatmeal cookie, I think I'll try these with spelt flour;-)

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  16. yum, definitely bookmark-worthy! thanks, Barefeet!!

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  17. I wish I had a few of those right now - yum!

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  18. I used to be able to buy all different of "chips" for cookies baking when I was living in Singapore. Ironically, butterscotch chips are not easily available in our local supermarket. All we have is chocolate chips...

    These cookies look very delicious and I crave for butterscotch chips while reading your post.

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  19. I'm a died in the woods chocoholic... but I think the rest of the family will LOVE these!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  20. Butterscotch sounds delicious. Your cookies look tasty.

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  21. Great idea with butterscotch:) I also get distracted by lots of chocolate

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  22. Mmmm, chewy cookies are the only way to go. And with the oats and whole wheat flour, they are almost healthy. A great excuse to eat more!!!

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  23. These are totally calling my name tonight! If only I had butterscotch chips I'd be in the kitchen right now making them!

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  24. I'm not a big fan of oatmeal cookies but with butterscotch chips in them, I would gladly eat tons of them!

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  25. These are just my kind of cookie! And you know I've often eyed off the butterscotch choc chips a the supermarket but never really had much reason to buy them. You've just given me a reason!

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  26. I love oatmeal scotchies and once again, I love that you converted to the WW flour in these. I also clicked on your brownies with WW flour and they sound amazing, too. But I agree, its nice to have some non-chocolate cookies sometimes too.

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  27. mmm... butterscotch!!! That'll spruce up an oatmeal cookie!

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  28. I just made these today and they are yummy! I didn't have butterscotch chips so I tossed in chocolate chips with great results! And I would agree that the oatmeal/whole wheat combination is a great way to sneak in whole grains without the cookies tasting so "wheaty".

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  29. I'm so glad that you liked them, Jill! My personal favorite is with choc chips too.

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  30. My mouth is watering. I.love.butterscotch.

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  31. I made these this weekend and they are already gone! It's officially my new favorite oatmeal cookie recipe....thanks so much!

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  32. I did not have the baking mat or parchment paper but knew that if I left the cookies on the pan too long, they would adhere to the sheet and the cookies would end up braking apart when I try to removed them.

    I let the cookies rest in their position, on the cookie sheet, for about a minute, scoop them up enough just to release them but left the cookies on there for another 5 minutes to continue to cook as mentioned. They came right off the sheet and stayed chewy after they cooled.

    I usually put cinnamon in Oatmeal Scotchies, but decided to leave it out this time and I am glad I did. I halved the recipe and used A.P. flour. I didn't halve properly in my head so there might have been a Tablespoon or two too much of flour in there, but it made no difference.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Thank you thank you thank you. These cookies have made my day. They are delicious.

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  34. MMMMMMMMMM!!!! i debated between the package recipe and this one, so GLAD i chose this one! THEY ARE DELICIOUS! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR SECRET! :)

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