I’m a sentimentalist. These vintage Oatmeal Scotchies have me nostalgic for my teenage and young adult years. I have fond memories of these cookies because Oatmeal Scotchies are the first cookies I ever recall making with my mom. Even though she baked all the time when we were growing up, she always baked while we were in school.
Mom never spent much time with us in the kitchen even though she was a fabulous cook. She told me later she was always afraid we would ruin something. She was on such a tight budget she couldn’t afford to throw food out.
As I recall, butterscotch chips were fairly new at the time. Or they were not readily accessible until my late teens. I wanted to try this great sounding recipe that was on the back of the Nestle’s Butterscotch Chips package. I pleaded with mom to help me make them. Mom appeased me and we made these wonderful cookies. Oh, my, did those Oatmeal Scotchies ever turn out wonderfully.
I made sure this fantastic recipe was included in the compilation of cook book recipes that I began in the mid to late 1970s. This is one of those oldie but goodie recipes that our family has loved throughout the years. Oatmeal Scotchies are wonderful cookies or made into bars. They’re filled with cinnamon, oatmeal and butterscotch chips which gives them an incredibly sweet flavor.
I love the toffee-type flavor of butterscotch chips. These cookies are so rich. Along with the crunchiness from the oatmeal, the butterscotch chips provide a wonderful balance to this oatmeal cookie or bar. I’ve made Oatmeal Scotchies as cookies or bars and they are delicious both ways.
When we began our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza back in 1978 or 1979 these cookies were on the menu. I think that first year I only made 5 or 6 different kinds of cookies. But these jewels made it in the mix for several years before I started venturing out by making newer cookie recipes.
One suggestion: The original recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups flour. That may work with Crisco shortening or margarine, but it does not work with real butter. I had to increase the flour by 1/2 cup to get the cookies to hold their shape better.
I first made Oatmeal Scotchies and posted them on my blog in August 2013. I was not at all pleased with how the pictures turned out. I’ve remade these cookies (January 2014) to try again. This time I made them as cookies instead of bars.
This is a delicious twist on oatmeal cookies or bars. If you love the taste of butterscotch chips, then consider this great recipe the next time you make a batch of cookies. It’s pretty easy and the cookies or bars come out tasting superb. Your kids will love them too!
I remade this recipe again (June 2019). I made them for a Connection Class luncheon at our church one Sunday. Because I made two batches, I also brought some to our College Volleyball game night. Everyone loves these jewels. 🙂
Oatmeal Scotchies are a wonderful treat.
These cookies have a lot of sugar so they are very rich. You can see the butterscotch chips in this view. Butterscotch chips add even MORE sweetness to this incredibly rich cookie recipe.
Oatmeal Scotchies are really quick to mix up and have ready for a spur of the moment activity or company you hadn’t planned on!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Soften butter and place in large mixing bowl. Add both white and brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
Cream with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add oatmeal and a bag of butterscotch chips.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Use a large cookie scoop to mold cookie dough.
Place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake about 12-15 minutes at 375 or until done.
Don’t Oatmeal Scotchies look delectable? They are! The cinnamon just increases the great taste of these butterscotch-type cookies.
Oatmeal Scotchies are great treats for your cookie jar!
Each Oatmeal Scotchie cookie is filled with lots of oatmeal, cinnamon and butterscotch morsels. Wow! These are incredibly good.
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe only very slightly adapted from a Nestle’s butterscotch chips package)
- 1 ½ cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups Quaker oatmeal
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 12-oz. pkg. Nestle’s butterscotch morsels
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- In a mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda and cinnamon; beat until light and fluffy.
- Gradually stir in flour, oatmeal and butterscotch chips with a wooden spoon.
- Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
- Roll cookies into balls or use an ice cream scoop and place cookie dough on prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies and 9-10 minutes for crispy cookies
Oatmeal Scotchies have a superb taste. I’m so glad I begged my mom to make these delicious treats all those years ago!
If you love butterscotch you will LOVE these tasty treats.
Oatmeal Scotchies are easy to make and pretty economical for those on a tight food budget. Ah, yes, care for a sample?