Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

These cookies are a tasty trip down memory lane.

My grandma used to make them and I hadn’t had them in ages. So I changed that.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

They turned out to be my favorite oatmeal cookie to date.

I’m like Goldy Locks and her porridge with oatmeal cookies, but I finally nailed my perfect oatmeal dough base.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

I have four other oatmeal cookie dough bases, as well as countless other cookie recipes that use oatmeal, but the four major versions are:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – On the thinner side and chewy, melted butter, no mixer

Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Super thick and extremely chewy, dense, hearty

Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Spiked with rum, soft, flexible, bendable, and a touch cakey

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies – A healthier twist on dough-in-a-tube and made with whole wheat flour. Chewy, loaded with texture and hearty, but thinner

These cookies gave me everything I wanted.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

They’re soft, chewy, and hearty without feeling like I need to strap a backpack on and take them mountain hiking. Sometimes oatmeal cookies get a little too oaty and hearty. I want a cookie, not a granola bar.

Conversely, if there aren’t enough oats used, I find myself wanting more texture and more chewiness.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

They’re thick enough, but not too thick. Sometimes really thick oatmeal cookies turn dry or cakey, a total deal-breaker. Plus, really thick cookies take longer to bake, and you run the risk of the bottoms getting too dark before the tops are set.

Conversely, they’re not too thin. There’s nothing worse than biting into a paper thin cookie that just sort of disappears. I don’t like thin cookies in general, but thin oatmeal cookies are particularly unsatisfying.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

Best of all, they use butterscotch chips. I just love butterscotch and I find it’s very under-represented in recipes in general. After making my favorite peanut butter to date, I vowed to use more butterscotch in my baking.

For anyone who dislikes raisins in your oatmeal cookies, your wishes have been granted. No raisins, nor chocolate.

Just loads of butterscotch.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

Before baking, you must chill the dough. It’s too soft coming out of the mixing bowl for immediate baking and if you don’t chill it first, I guarantee the cookies will spread out into thin puddles. Chill it for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. Bake as many mounds as you want at one time, and keep the remaining dough in the fridge.

I made 20 medium-sized cookies and suggest using a cookie scoop so they’re all uniform. Before baking, flatten each mound slightly with the heel of your hand so they cook through evenly.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

Pull them from the oven at the 9 to 10 minute mark. They’ll look quite under-done and glossy, but these cookies in particular firm up dramatically while cooling on the trays. Don’t wait until the tops look done to pull them because they’ll set up far too firm and crunchy, and the bottoms will get much too dark.

And then they won’t be Soft and Chewy. They’ll be Crunchy and Crispy, which isn’t my thing.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

Oatmeal cookies, when done right, are some of my favorite cookies. I found myself going back for one more, one more. The chewiness, the hearty texture, the nuttiness of the oats, and nostalgic memories of gobbling vast quantities of my Grandma’s oatmeal cookies make these my new favorite oatmeal cookies.

And the abundance of sweet butterscotch chips doesn’t hurt, either.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

 Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies - My favorite oatmeal cookie base loaded with sweet butterscotch chips! A classic cookie that you've just got to try!

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Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies

This is my new favorite oatmeal cookie base. Thee cookies are everything I want in an oatmeal cookie. They’re soft, chewy, and hearty without being too dense. They're thick enough, but not overly thick, and are just enough to sink my teeth into. Best of all, they're loaded with sweet butterscotch chips.

Yield: about 20 medium cookies

Prep Time: 11 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 large egg
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 heaping cup butterscotch chips


  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl and hand mixer), add the egg, butter, sugars, vanilla, and beat on medium-high to cream ingredients until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stop, scape down the sides of the bowl and add the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, optional salt, and beat to just incorporate, about 1 minute. Add the butterscotch chips and beat momentarily to incorporate.
  3. Using a 2-inch medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons), form dough mounds (I made 20). Place dough mounds on a large plate. Flatten mounds slightly. Cover plate with plasticwrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, and up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough; cookies will spread and bake thin and flat.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F, line 2 baking sheets with Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mats, parchment, or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheets, spaced about 2 inches apart. I bake 8 to a tray. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until edges are set and tops are barely set, even if slightly underbaked in the center and glossy. Cookies may not appear to be done, but they firm up dramatically as they cool. Baking longer results in cookies with dark or burnt bottoms and that set up too crisp and hard and don't stay soft over time.
  5. Allow cookies to cool on trays for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Related Recipes:

Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – The thickest oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had, and are packed with density, chewiness, texture. There’s an abundance of raisins and they’re soft without being cakey in the least

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Almost the same ingredients as the cookies above, but melted butter and unchilled dough so they bake up much thinner but are still chewy. A nice recipe if you don’t want to use a mixer and don’t have time to chill the dough. You can be eating cookies in 20 minutes flat from start to finish

Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Now you don’t have to choose between drinks or dessert with rum-soaked raisins baked into these cookies that are so soft and moist they’re bendable

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies – A healthier twist on dough-in-a-tube and made with whole wheat flour. Chewy, hearty, and loaded with chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – A trifecta of favorite ingredients, all rolled into an easy, soft, and chewy cookie

Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies – The white chocolate version of the cookies above. No mixer required because the butter is melted rather than creamed, making for a fast and easy cookie. One of my favorite cookies on my entire site

Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies – Add your favorite add-ins like butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, or raisins to these easy, small-batch, no mixer required cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Rolls – Part healthy and hearty chewy dinner roll, part soft cinnamon roll. They’re full of texture from the raisins and oats, lightly sweetened from honey in the dough and are then brushed with honey-butter prior to baking, and perfumed with cinnamon. They can be made in advance or frozen, if desired

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Healthy bars that taste like cookies with a butterscotch drizzle

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – One of my favorite ways to combine oats, cinnamon, and raisins is in these easy, no-bake granola bars that are similar to Quaker Chewy Granola bars, but because you control the ingredients, you get to decide what does and doesn’t go into your granola bars. These are my favorite no-bake granola bar and very popular with readers

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170 Responses to “Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies”

  1. Ellen — April 22, 2013 at 12:26 am (#

    You’re ok with me just eating a bowl of this dough-style, right?;)
    Looks fabu!

  2. Diane @ Vintage Zest — April 22, 2013 at 12:43 am (#

    I haven’t commented in a while because I’m still abroad, but I see my inbox full of amazing recipes from you, just like clockwork! I’m going to have to track down some good butterscotch chips when I get back, ASAP!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 12:50 am (#

      I was wondering where you were or what was going on. Glad to know you’re enjoying yourself abroad! Have fun & the recipes will all be here when you get home :)

  3. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 22, 2013 at 1:34 am (#

    Soft and chewy – just the way I like it! And I love oatmeal cookies (it’s my second favorite after snickerdoodles!) but I haven’t had them in a while too. Maybe I’ll make a batch tomorrow night after work! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 2:08 am (#

      Oh and I love snickerdoodles, too! They’re a huge fave as well…I’ve got so many Sugar-Doodles, Brown Sugar Maple, Soft Batch Coconut Oil, etc types of cookies that all revolve around that snicerkdoodley base and flavor!

  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 22, 2013 at 4:25 am (#

    Chewy, ooey and gooey is the only way to go with drop cookies. Mmmm…with an extra soft oatmeal dough base requiring adequate chill time first. Averie, Oatmeal Scotchies never looked so good! Love that “under baked” is the new “perfectly baked” because the “perfectly baked” of our mothers’ baking days is now considered “over baked”. Kind of like with pork. Instead of tender and juicy (of course, due to food safety fears of under cooking), the chops were ALWAYS over cooked shoe leather back then, LOL! xo

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 4:49 am (#

      I think places like Mrs Fields and Cinnabon haven’t turned into multi billion dollar empires becuase they serve hard, dry, crunchy food. No, the public wants the ooey gooey stuff and times are a changing!

      This is so well said: Love that “under baked” is the new “perfectly baked” because the “perfectly baked” of our mothers’ baking days is now considered “over baked” — YES! agreed!

  5. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — April 22, 2013 at 4:39 am (#

    Oatmeal scotchies are the BEST! Always remind me of being a kid :)

  6. Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life — April 22, 2013 at 5:13 am (#

    I just used butterscotch this weekend and had too forgotten how good it is. I like pairing it with oatmeal and in the perfectly soft and chewy cookie? Sounds just about perfect to me! And I LOVE our cookie scoop too. Makes life so much easier! And I’ve never told you this, but I am so jealous of that surface you photograph your cookies on – so textured and yet not distracting. Lovely photos as usual!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 6:12 am (#

      Thanks for the compliments and my surface is actually a 350+ year old Chinese writing desk that I found at a local antique dealer. I just love it and even when I want to change it, I am so drawn to it, and gravitate to it for most of my pics. But glad you feel it’s textured yet not distracting!

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach) — April 22, 2013 at 5:16 am (#

    LOL I feel the same way about oatmeal cookies. Gotta be just right! My dad actually makes a pretty mean oatmeal cookie. No clue where he found the recipe. I know it calls for smashed banana so it’s really soft.

  8. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — April 22, 2013 at 5:41 am (#

    These cookies sound and look delicious!

  9. Tieghan — April 22, 2013 at 5:42 am (#

    Oatmeal in any form are always delicious! You can never have to many really good oatmeal cookie recipes! This recipe? Looks so so so good!! Like all the others, but I the the addition od the butterscotch chips!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 6:10 am (#

      Thanks Tieghan and I agree with never having too many oatmeal cookie recipes!

  10. Laura Dembowski — April 22, 2013 at 5:43 am (#

    Butterscotch chips are so often ignored but have great flavor. I’m not sure how this is possible but I don’t think I’ve ever had an oatmeal scotchie. Must change that!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 6:10 am (#

      It’s so you!! And no chocolate. The texture, flavors, the whole thing, totally your scene!

  11. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — April 22, 2013 at 5:54 am (#

    These sound like a fantastic cookie! I love the idea of the butterscotch chips!

  12. Paula — April 22, 2013 at 6:00 am (#

    Butterscotch chips in oatmeal cookies sound delicious and I don’t think I’ve ever met a variety of oatmeal cookie I didn’t like! These are giving me a serious cookie craving!

  13. Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 22, 2013 at 6:01 am (#

    I’m weak when it comes to cookies. I love them and therefore can’t resist them. These sound amazing!

  14. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — April 22, 2013 at 6:10 am (#

    Soft and chewy , nuff said!

  15. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen — April 22, 2013 at 6:15 am (#

    Yum! I just want to take a giant bite right out of those cookies. I would bring them hiking anyways ;) Gotta have a treat at the top of the mountain!

  16. Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen — April 22, 2013 at 6:19 am (#

    I love the combination of oatmeal cookies with butterscotch (plus a handful of butterscotch chips while baking never hurts!). Your cookies look so soft, gooey and perfect. I’m putting these in my “to make” pile!

  17. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — April 22, 2013 at 6:34 am (#

    I love how big these cookies are! And full of oatmeal and butterscotch chips- I love oatmeal cookies that have add-ins!

  18. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 22, 2013 at 6:45 am (#

    These look SO soft and chewy! My biggest weakness when it comes to cookies. I still haven’t used butterscotch chips before, but I think this needs to change. Yes, pretty sure, these pictures have convinced me…

  19. Christine @ Gotta Eat Green — April 22, 2013 at 6:46 am (#

    Yumm those cookies look awesome! I bet they could easily be made vegan; I’m definitely going to try it out!

  20. Eva @ Eva Bakes — April 22, 2013 at 6:55 am (#

    Hellllllo, butterscotch chips! What a wonderful addition to one of my favorite cookies ever. I’m totally with you on the soft and chewy front. Oatmeal cookies can’t be thin and crispy at all!

  21. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — April 22, 2013 at 7:31 am (#

    I’m loving these! I would probably mix and match with some chocolate chips too. I can only imagine how good they smell!

  22. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 22, 2013 at 7:37 am (#

    I love recipes with a sentimental story behind them! These look super delicious, Averie!

  23. Joanne — April 22, 2013 at 7:43 am (#

    I often find butterscotch chips to be a bit too sweet but in scotchies they are somehow perfect! Love these!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm (#

      Which is also why I kept the added sugar on the lower end, b/c the chips are sweet..but with oatmeal, totally works!

  24. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 22, 2013 at 8:01 am (#

    These look so yummy, I love that they’re loaded with butterscotch chips!

  25. Kelly @ Life made Sweeter — April 22, 2013 at 9:03 am (#

    Oh these look delicious! I love me a mean batch of Oatmeal Cookies too and I think you have me sold with the butterscotch! Yum, thanks Averie, must try making these soon:)

  26. Ari @ Ari's Menu — April 22, 2013 at 9:17 am (#

    Averie, everything about these cookies looks perfect!! I am obsessed with butterscotch–it has always been one of my favorites, and the texture just looks so drool-worthy! In fact, they look so perfect that I want to make them as is–butter and all!! :)

  27. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 22, 2013 at 9:20 am (#

    It is a delicate balance to find the ideal oats to cook ratio but I have no doubt this recipe has found it!

  28. Amanda — April 22, 2013 at 9:34 am (#

    Wow! The cookies look perfect!

  29. Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 22, 2013 at 9:52 am (#

    I’m so excited to meet you this weekend at The Big Potluck! Please tell me you’re bringing some cookies :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#

      Can’t wait to meet you, too! I’m signed up for cake. But if I have extra goodies around, I am bringing it all with, too! :)

  30. Kate@Diethood — April 22, 2013 at 9:57 am (#

    This is a great recipe, Averie!! Then again, all your cookie recipes rock!

  31. Mimi @ Culinary Couture — April 22, 2013 at 11:03 am (#

    Oatmeal cookies are my favorite! I’ll probably make these without the butterscotch chips though cause I’m not really a fan

  32. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance — April 22, 2013 at 11:26 am (#

    What is it about butterscotch and grandmas? I have the same association with cookies like this an my grandma! :)

  33. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — April 22, 2013 at 11:47 am (#

    There’s just something so irresistible about a perfect oatmeal cookie. The tender inside, the chewy, nutty oats, the brown sugar that melts perfectly…and telling yourself that it’s oats so it’s totally ok to eat 3 in one sitting! :) Love them.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm (#

      Yes, have been there with the 3 in a sitting with these babies. I love them so much!

  34. Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm (#

    These do feel so nostalgic and comforting – and I love that! I know you love making classic desserts, and this is a great one. You are churning out too many “must-try” recipes lately! No complaints here though :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm (#

      Glad you like what you’re seeing! And yes, this was a classic dessert I wanted to have on my site!

  35. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm (#

    These cookies bring back memories, my grandma made a very similar recipe. Love the oatmeal and butterscotch combo!

  36. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm (#

    It’s like you take the cookies in my dreams and make them a reality, Averie! These are outrageous!

  37. sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm (#

    Averie, these look wonderful! Oatmeal scotchies have been my favorite forever. When I went home the other weekend, my mom gave me the recipe that I used to make when I was in high school. And it has all things that you describe: soft, chewy, but not too “hearty” – you hit the nail on the head with that one. I had it when oatmeal cookies are too dense and yes, practically taste like granola bars. Yours look SO perfect. Beyond perfect. I love butterscotch so much and I feel like it is so underrated. Give me a butterscotch dessert over chocolate any day. Seriously! Now I have a craving for my peanut butter scotchies. :) Love these! You’re seriously the cookie queen.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm (#

      No I think you’re the cookie queen :) But I try. Lol

      And so glad you got your mom’s recipe! That is awesome. I love that you love oatmeal scotchies, too. Seriously they are soooo good and in a league of their own when done right!

  38. Dina — April 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm (#

    yummy! i like the butterscotch!

  39. Trish - Mom On Timeout — April 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm (#

    You just totally brought back so many good memories of baking after school with my Nana! We used to make these at least once a week and they are SO good! I’m totally going to go through her old recipes and see how close they are – they look identical! I need to make a batch of these with my boys soon :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm (#

      I wish to God I had my grandma’s recipes. She never wrote anything down, cooked by feel, and passed long before I had the sense to document it all. My mom has some stuff written down but it’s not the same. Cherish those recipes from your nana :)

  40. marcie@flavorthemoments — April 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm (#

    These are a blast from the past! I need to make these for my kids some time!

  41. Katie — April 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm (#

    These look absolutely PERFECT. If I were to pick a single oatmeal cookie to eat for the rest of my life, it would have butterscotch chips, not raisins and definitely not chocolate chips.

    My mom used to make these in bar form a lot. She’s always got butterscotch chips on hand even now, and I always eat them straight from the bag when I visit.

  42. vanillasugarblog — April 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm (#

    oatmeal and butterscotch, they are a perfect combo aren’t they?

  43. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — April 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm (#

    “oatmeal scotchies” is the most fun cookie to say EVER! And they look amazing!

  44. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#

    I love Oatmeal Scotchies! I haven’t made them in ages, and need to do them again. The photos on the blog need a total refresher. :) These look even chunkier and awesome Averie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm (#

      I have some old recipes that I know no one will ever make b/c the photos are…hideous!

  45. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — April 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm (#

    These do sound like the perfect oatmeal cookie. Although I love them with raisins too. I’m looking forward to meeting you this weekend!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm (#

      I love raisins, too. Strange though how many people say they don’t! I always get that in the comments with anything raisin-related in recipes.

      And I am looking forward to meeting you, too! Can’t wait!! :)

  46. LIz — April 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm (#

    I love, love oatmeal cookies. Now I have this mad desired to bake up a bunch of your recipes!!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm (#

      And I saw that glorious cake of yours a couple squares away from me today on FG :) The density. I

  47. marla — April 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm (#

    These butterscotch chips used to be my favorite as a kid ~ now I crave ’em again ;)

  48. honeywhatscooking — April 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm (#

    looks amazing.. i once made these a long time ago and my nieces devoured them. love the butterscotch in these cookies.

  49. Heather @ French Press — April 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm (#

    Oatmeal cookies are by far my favorite – but I’ve never had them with butterscotch – also LOVE, I cannot wait to try the two together! and your pics are always SO stunning!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm (#

      I swear butterscotch and oats were made for each other…a must try and thanks for the pic compliments. These are okay. I have some real stunners coming tomorrow :) Well in 3.5 hours :)

  50. dishing up the dirt — April 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm (#

    Butterscotch and oatmeal remind me of my grandmother too. I would give anything to be sitting in her kitchen while she whipped up a batch of cookies very similar to these :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm (#

      I would give anything to be sitting in her kitchen while she whipped up a batch of cookies <— me too. It’s almost tear-inducing some times for me, and what I wouldn’t give, to be in my grandma’s kitchen again, just one more time :)

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