Butterscotch Chip Cookies – These melt in your mouth butterscotch cookies are soft, chewy, and packed full of rich butterscotch chip flavor!

butterscotch chip cookies

Guys.  I’m gonna go ahead and clear the air here and admit something.

I like butterscotch chip cookies better than chocolate chip!!

I don’t know what it is – that buttery goodness stuffed inside a soft cookie gets me every time.

I can’t keep my hands out of the cookie jar with these.

In fact, the kiddos and I ate these for breakfast today.

We aren’t even sorry either.

butterscotch cookies

These cookies are soft – but not so soft that they are “cakey”

They’re soft in the middle and slightly crisp on the edges.

PACKED with butterscotch chips because you can really never have too many, right?

Sweet, chewy, butterscotch-ey goodness.

Bonus – these are a pretty simple cookie.  They take about 10 minutes to prepare, they do need to chill for 30-45 minutes, then they only need about 10 minutes to bake.

Don’t skip the chilling!  It’s important so your cookies stay nice and soft in the middle.

This is where I have to practice patience, which I am the absolute WORST at.

Luckily these cookies are worth the wait!

butterscotch cookies

I love butterscotch so much I will be putting my butterscotch muffin recipe up for you soon – so keep your pretty peepers peeled for that!

If you’re looking for other fun butterscotch cookies right now you have to check out my Salty Marshmallow Cookies! They’re salty sweet perfection. Or, if you’re a candy lover (who isn’t?) I have you covered with these Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies!



5 from 226 votes

Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 11 minutes
Total 21 minutes
Servings 3 Dozen



  • In a large bowl using hand mixer or bowl of stand mixer, cream together the butter, both sugars, and vanilla extract for 2 minutes on medium speed until well mixed and fluffy. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. With mixer running on low speed add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until just incorporated. Fold in the butterscotch chips.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Scoop one heaping Tablespoon of dough at a time into a ball and place on the prepared pan about 1 - 1 1/2 inches apart.  Bake cookies in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.
  • Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
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  1. 5 stars
    These were delicious! Sweet and salty. My fiancé loved them. Baked for 12 minutes and came out soft in the middle and chewy on the outside.

  2. 5 stars
    Looked this up to get idea on ingredients & measurements for cookies using butterscotch chips I had in pantry!
    Have some sourdough starter I took out and fed this morning so I got creative and
    Added 1/2 cup sourdough discard to mine, then thought I’ll get wild and throw in some small bacon crumbs and GIRL! Salty bacon, w/ sweet Butterscotch! Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! The only thing I changed was adding a packet of vanilla instant pudding and an extra egg yolk. It’s a must try!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these cookies for my boyfriend after he had requested I do something with butterscotch. He actually said, “These are the best cookies I have ever had in my entire life!” So, thank you! Everyone else who tried them loved them, as well!

  5. I find the cookies are too thin for my liking so I add 2-3 TBSP of flour. Delicious recipe though, my family loves them.

  6. 5 stars
    My, are these delicious! For some time, I have been making butterscotch cookies using a different recipe. They were good. I had committed to make some for a church school fundraiser last night, and ran across this recipe. I didn’t realize that I’d selected the wrong recipe until I had mixed the butter, sugar and vanilla. I noticed that mixture wasn’t at all like my recipe typically is. Then, when I got to the instruction to refrigerate the dough, I was a little heartbroken. Because I didn’t even put them into the oven until the actual time the event started. And I live 20 minutes away. In fairness to me, it was a last minute decision to help with the fundraiser. Nonetheless, I couldn’t afford to refrigerate them, so sadly, I skipped that step. I noticed that the dough was extremely wet/moist as I put them on the cookie sheet. I added a little cake flour and baked them anyway. And may I say: THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Even after skipping that step. They are perfectly moist, rich and flavorful. I realize that they may not remain soft. But they were SO good, even the extras were that I sampled when I returned home. Oh my, THANK YOU so much for this recipe!! I will be using it exclusively from now on. And I’ll be refrigerating them 🙂