Butterscotch Chip Cookies | Everyday family kitchen

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With a soft and chewy interior, crispy edges, and lots of melted butterscotch chips, this butterscotch chip cookie recipe is indulgent, comforting, and easy to put together!

I’ve been on a cookie roll lately! I enjoy spending time in my kitchen and it’s also a fun activity to do with my kids.

It keeps them busy for at least an hour and they’re always so proud of how their creations turn out.

Lately, we’ve been experimenting with flavors like chewy peanut butter, chocolate marshmallow, strawberry cheesecake, and sugar cookie with Hershey Kisses. next up? Those butterscotch chip cookies!

If I make too many, I’ll be sure to pack a plate for my kids’ teachers, and I’ll throw a few in my hubs’ lunchbox, too. Ah, the trials and tribulations of a food blogger! We always have extra snacks on hand.

I love this butterscotch chip cookie recipe because it’s a fun and unique twist on your more classic chocolate chip cookie.

I use butterscotch chips (which are easy to find at the grocery store) instead of chocolate.

Thanks to butterscotch, the cookies are buttery and have an almost brown sugar flavor. Sign me up; I’m officially sold!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • The ingredients you need to make my easy butterscotch biscuit recipe.
  • Everything you need to know about making butterscotch chip cookies and how to make the perfect soft, tender and chewy cookie every time.
  • Answers to some common questions about making butterscotch chip cookies.

Filled with butter, light brown sugar, a hint of vanilla and (of course) plenty of butterscotch chips, this unique butterscotch chip cookie recipe is about to become your new favorite recipe!

Ingredients for butterscotch chip cookies

How to make butterscotch chip cookies

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient details can be found at the end of this post.

STEP ONE: Place the butter and light brown sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix with the whisk. Next comes the flour and baking powder. Mix until no lumps of flour remain. Now it’s time for the star of your butterscotch chip cookie recipe – the chips! Gently fold them into the cookie dough.

Butterscotch Chip Cookie Dough

STEP TWO: Cover and let the cookie dough rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. In the meantime, you can preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and prep your baking sheets. Line with parchment paper so the cookies don’t stick!

Cookie dough dough in a bowl

STEP THREE: Once your dough is chilled, begin scooping 2 tablespoon sized portions of cookie dough onto the baking sheet. You can press them down a little with a fork or spoon to form a disk.

Balls of cookie dough on baking sheet

STEP FOUR: Bake your butterscotch biscuits for 12-14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. You can garnish with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt if you like! After your butterscotch cookie recipe has cooled completely, you can store it in an airtight container in your pantry or on your counter for up to 4 days.

freshly baked biscuits on a baking sheet

What are butterscotch chips?

The most important ingredient in my butterscotch biscuits are the butterscotch chips! They are made of light brown sugar and have the same shape as classic chocolate chips.

They are often seen in baked goods like muffins and cookies, and even as a topping on ice cream or cheesecake.

This type of sweet topping is often compared to caramel, even though caramel is made from granulated sugar and not brown sugar.

You can buy them right at the grocery store and even Tollhouse makes them!

What Makes Cookies Soft and Moist?

If you follow my recipe to the tee, you should end up with perfectly moist, tender, and chewy butterscotch biscuits.

If you’re looking for even softer butterscotch chip cookies, a trick of the trade is to add another egg yolk. You can even omit the egg white and just add the yolk.

Egg whites can dry out during baking, which is sometimes the reason cookies are too hard. Now you know!

Wireframe with butterscotch chip cookies

Why haven’t my butterscotch chips melted?

You shouldn’t have a problem melting the chips for your butterscotch chip cookies recipe since the fat from the other ingredients will help with this.

Some cooks complain that butterscotch chips take a long time to melt on the stovetop, but you don’t have to worry about that with my recipe.

Is It Better To Chill Cookie Dough Before Baking?

One of the crucial steps for this butterscotch chip cookie recipe is to chill the batter for at least 30 minutes before baking.

This will help solidify the fat in the cookies and prevent them from spreading, so you don’t end up with a giant cookie!

several baked butterscotch chip cookies

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preparation time
15 minutes

cooking time
15 minutes

rest time
30 minutes

total time
1 hour


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

  • Flaky sea salt for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and light brown sugar until well combined.
  2. Next add the egg and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the flour and baking soda, stirring just until there are no large clumps of flour left.
  4. Finally add the butterscotch chips and fold into the cookie dough.
  5. Cover the cookie dough and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. While the dough is cooling, preheat the oven to 375F.
  6. When the dough has cooled, prepare 2 large baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  7. Scoop 2-tablespoon portions onto the baking sheet and press down to form a ½-inch thick disc.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown and the center has just set.
  9. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if desired, and allow the cookies to cool completely on the pan.

Nutritional Information:



Serving size:


Amount per serving:
Calories: 170total fat: 9gSaturated Fatty Acids: 6gTrans fats: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

This nutritional information is based on the exact ingredients I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products can alter the exact diet and should always be calculated independently.

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