Cookies with Butterscotch Chips

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Easy brown sugar drop cookies filled with a heavy dose of butterscotch chips. No chilling required!

stack of butterscotch cookies on a purple kitchen towel

Please, a show of hands… Who here agrees with me that butterscotch is a highly underrated flavor?

I mean, if your hand isn’t up, I am going to have to say you’re sorely mistaken.

I feel a little bit bad for the butterscotch chips– they seem to be a staple in the baking aisle of the grocery store, and I think everyone probably has a bag of them in his or her pantry, but… Are you using them nearly enough?

The answer is probably a big giant NO.

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And that’s why we’re here. Because butterscotch chips deserve a chance, friends, and these easy butterscotch cookies are where it’s at.

We’re continuing onto recipe #3 of my basics and simple recipes. Recall the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality where I turn gingerbread layer cake into gingerbread cupcakes, along with “let’s turn this base into something different” method, where I turn dark chocolate layer cake into chocolate bundt cake.

aerial photo of butterscotch cookies on a plate

Today, we’re venturing into the cookie world for our simple recipe, because as much as I love me a complex and involved cookie (looking at you, gender reveal cookies), I also love being able to toss some ingredients together and have a cookie in my mouth in under an hour.

When I first looked at what kind of cookies come up on Pinterest when I searched for “butterscotch cookie recipe,” I found a lotttt of oatmeal scotchies, which are basically just an oatmeal cookie with butterscotch chips.

And you all know how I feel about oatmeal cookies

But I wanted uncomplicated, no chill, and minimal ingredients recipe for butterscotch cookies, so I stuck to something I knew and love.

You’ll love this Butterscotch Cookie Recipe

I first used the base for this easy butterscotch cookies recipe when I made Andes mint cookies several years ago. I’ve since used that base several times, even putting cookies into cookies à la cookies & cream cookies.

butterscotch cookies on a plate

These butterscotch chips cookies are no different, because we’re swapping Andes mints for butterscotch chips, and upping the amount because that absolutely needed to happen in my life.

I absolutely adore this cookie recipe because it’s unfussy and it doesn’t require any chilling. The ingredients are simple, and since we don’t have to chill it, this batter becomes a drop cookie in no time. 

Butterscotch Cookie FAQs


I spoke extensively about drop cookies vs regular cookies in my mini drop sugar cookies with sprinkles post if you’re interested in a cookie read, but all you really need to know right now is that you + this batter + a cookie scoop + your oven = fast cookies.

I baked these butterscotch chip cookies on a Monday night, fully prepared to send 12 of them to my son’s preschool class for his Thanksgiving party and to keep the other 12 (I doubled the batch!) to photograph while he was at school on Tuesday, and let me just tell you…

I had a HECK of a time trying not to eat them before I took pictures. And I will fully admit to bribing son #2 with one of these homemade butterscotch cookies (broken into about 10 pieces because I’m no dummy!) to sit still while I took the pictures.

aerial photo of butterscotch cookies on a purple kitchen towel

I got many signs of “more” while he was still processing the bite before. And this kid is totally not a sweet-tooth kind of kid! 

I absolutely cannot blame him.

They’re crunchy on the edges, soft and buttery in the middles, and there are approximately one billion butterscotch chips per bite, so I mean… Hi, hello, you need these butterscotch chip cookies.

Fun fact: if you want chewy butterscotch cookies, underbake them a bit. If you prefer crispy butterscotch cookies, bake them a minute or two longer.

So join me in this simple cookie recipe and dig out that half-empty bag of butterscotch chips, or open the one you bought on sale a few weeks ago when Thanksgiving baking was in full swing and spread the butterscotch love to those cookie trays with the best butterscotch cookies.

aerial photo of butterscotch cookies

Because we owe it to those sweet little morsels, and ourselves, to grace the cookie world with cookies with butterscotch chips.

Easy brown sugar drop cookies filled with a heavy dose of butterscotch chips. No chilling required!
5 from 3 votes
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Easy brown sugar drop cookies filled with a heavy dose of butterscotch chips. No chilling required!
Prep Time10 minutes
Bake Time11 minutes
Total Time21 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 12 cookies


  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons (135g) all-purpose flour be sure to measure properly
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons (112g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (128g) butterscotch chips


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium size bowl with a hand held mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat again on medium speed until everything is combined and no lumps remain.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 2 additions, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Add the butterscotch chips and mix again on low until evenly dispersed.
  • Using a cookie scoop (I use this #50 cookie scoop for all of my standard size cookies), drop rounded balls onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until sides just begin to brown (mine took exactly 11 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Baked cookies may be frozen up to 2 months. Rolled cookie dough can be frozen, up to 2 months. Bake frozen on baking sheet for 11-13 minutes.


Nutritional information: all nutritional values are approximate.
Adapted from Andes Mint Cookies
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Nutrition Disclosure

All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made these twice already. Once as a gift and once because I needed a batch for myself 🙂 Thank you, there is definitely a shortage of butterscotch cookie recipes out there, a lot of them require oats. Mine did puff up a bit more that yours did, but no complaints here. I even baked a batch a bit longer to make them crunchier, and I think they were even better. .

    1. Love this, Courtney! Totally an underrated cookie add-in, and as much as I love oatmeal cookies, I do sometimes just want the butterscotch!

  2. 5 stars
    These butterscotch cookies are SO tasty! After seeing this recipe, I made my first purchase in butterscotch land and I don’t think I’ll ever omit them from my baking-related shelf ingredients ever again! They come together quickly, with no chilling, which means I can have a dozen cookies all to myself in a very short amount of time. 🙂 Thank you for turning butterscotch into a lovely staple in the Huff house, Lynn!