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Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies

Thick and chewy oatmeal scotchies are one of my favorite kinds of cookie! This is my recipe for the best oatmeal scotchies and they turn out just slightly crispy on the outside and really chewy and gooey in the middle. Use dark brown sugar for the most chew!


Are you getting sick of cookies yet? I know the internet is flooded with them these days. Cookie recipes coming out from everywhere! I didn’t plan this well. I should have given these to you earlier and kept some other holiday recipes for later but, you know, you live and you learn.

BUT I’m telling you, these are over the top chewy oatmeal scotchies so you should be pumped! Have you tried my 6 ingredient oatmeal cookies yet? You know the ones that everyone goes crazy for and is my most popular recipe? Well… this is a modified and slightly amped up version of that.

I wanted an oatmeal scotchie recipe that stayed thick and chewy even after being cooled. I wanted complex flavor and a good contrast of saltiness. I wanted a hint of cinnamon and a ton of oatmeal. These have all of that.

If you love butterscotch, then these are your babes. And hey! Even if you don’t love butterscotch chips, these would be awesome with toffee pieces or any other kind of chips you prefer. Peanut butter chips anyone? Hey yo!

Best Oatmeal Scotchies- Baker Bettie

Let’s talk a little bit about the science of what makes these cookies so chewy. Some of it has to do with the recipe and some of it has to do with technique.

  • All brown sugar is used in this recipe to up the chew factor. I’m not using any granulated sugar here. Brown sugar contains molasses, which we’ve discussed is more hygroscopic than plain granulated sugar. The highly hygroscopic nature of molasses holds onto moisture in the cookies and keeps them nice and soft and chewy. Dark brown sugar is going to give you the most chewy because it has the most molasses.

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Molasses is the bi-product of the process of refining sugar. Granulated sugar (or white sugar) has had all of the molasses removed during the refining process. Most commercial brown sugars are actually refined sugar with molasses added back in, though some brown sugar has just gone through less refining in order to maintain some of the molasses within the product. 

  •  You’ve heard me say it many times before and here I am saying it again, do not over-mix the dough in this recipe if you want to keep the soft and chewy quality! Once the flour is added, mix as little as necessary so that the glutens do not overdevelop. 
  • And I’m sure if you’ve been around here for a while you’ve also heard me talk about slightly under-baking your cookies and most baked goods really. It is the same principle with baking as it is with cooking meat. They always say to pull your meat out a few degrees under what your desired temp is because the temperature will keep rising for a few minutes once it is out of the oven. This is no different in baking. If your cookies look completely done when you pull them out of the oven then they will be overcooked once cooled. Pull your cookies out when the edges are set but the middle is still looks under-cooked. Then let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheets to solidify before removing them to cool completely.


Speaking of baking technique, have you heard of the new cooking iPhone app, Simmer? It just launched a few weeks ago and it is from the makers of Panna, another awesome cooking resource and app. The awesome thing about Simmer is that it is free (always a bonus) and anyone can post their own step-by-step cooking videos!

I think it is a really great way to show baking and cooking techniques in a simple step-by-step way. I got to be a beta tester for the app and have really enjoyed it! I just need to talk my husband into staying in the kitchen with me to shoot the videos more so I can add some more stuff!

Anyway, I went ahead and shot a little video of this recipe for the app. You can watch it here, but you can also get the free app from the app store and see my other recipes, find more recipes from other cooks, and even post your own recipes!

Please excuse the shaky nature of the video. I guess I need to get a little iPhone tripod to shoot these videos with, but Mr. BB did a pretty good job as a first time camera man!

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Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies

Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies

Yield: 16 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Thick and chewy oatmeal scotchies are one of my favorite kinds of cookie! This is my recipe for the best oatmeal scotchies and they turn out just slightly crispy on the outside and really chewy and gooey in the middle. Use dark brown sugar for the most chew!


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour ( measured properly )
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (preferably dark brown)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ap flour, baking soda, baking powder, kosher salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large bowl with a hand mixer (or the bowl of the stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment) cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the egg and the vanilla until just incorporated.
  5. Using a spoon, stir in the dry ingredients until just incorporated. The dough will be thick.
  6. Using clean hands, fold in the rolled oats and butterscotch chips.
  7. Scoop large rounded mounds of dough onto baking sheets,, about 8 per sheet. Top each mound with a few more butterscotch chips and a light sprinkling of kosher salt if desired.
  8. Bake 1 sheet at a time at 325 for about 12 minutes, until the edges are set and the centers are still slightly underdone. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes before removing to cool further.

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7 comments on “Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies”

  1. I will never get tired of cookies-esp. when they’re from you!

  2. What a great recipe. Yeah, I’m with Kayle, you can never have too many cookie recipe. I love your video. I’ve never heard of Simmer. I’ll definitely be checking it out. I’m always so nervous about shooting a video. I’m so used to standing behind the camera. Love the new look and layout of your site.

  3. Great recipe tried, tested & delicious…
    Problem I’ve got is that I’m unable to purchase ‘Butterscotch Chips’ here in the U.K.
    Any ideas what I can substitute instead of these please?
    I can get chocolate bars with a butterscotch center, or very hard butterscotch candies that I can chop up & use, however the candies are very brittle…
    Which do you recommend that I go for, I’m thinking perhaps the chocolate bars or could I make my own butterscotch chips.
    Have you a recipe for butterscotch chips please?
    Your advice is much appreciated, I’m craving these now…

    • Hi Odelle! Thanks for trying to recipe!

      I wouldn’t use the hard butterscotch candies, like you said, the brittleness of them would not get soft after baked. In fact they may just melt and then re-harden once cooled.

      Chocolate bars with butterscotch centers would be really good chopped up! Or you could use peanut butter chips. Do you have those? Not the same flavor, but still really good! You theoretically could make you own, but that would probably be a big pain. Do you have chewy butterscotch candies at all? Those could work well but up too!

      • Thank you for the answer, I have tried many different toffee & chocolate bars, some better than others, which I ‘crunched my way through’, a little like peanut brittle in a cookie, different still tasted gorgeous though!
        Since then I’ve tried ‘Diam Bars’ chopped into mixture, they were very good.
        Also found that caramels are the best option as they stay chewy, the taste is good even though they were different.
        All I can find here are ‘Hershey Bars’, I don’t give up easily so I’m still on my quest to find something similar that I can use, I shall let you know if I do.
        Went to N.Y. many years ago for surgery that couldn’t be performed here in the U.K.
        I was amazed by the diversity of different foods available, which was great..
        However, I saw the hospital, consulting rooms & the Hotel on 5th Ave, that was about it, as I was very ill at the time.
        Almost 3 months stay in a Great City & was unable to see any of the tourist attractions.
        Against all the odds, I’m still here, my life was saved which is what counts & what I went there for. Truly amazing surgeons, treatment & care, for which I’m very grateful for…
        Many thanks, appreciate your advice,
        Odelle Smith. (U.K.)

  4. I love having oatmeal for my breakfast. Oatmeal is always good for me. I will try this recipe

  5. Finally- a thick, soft oatmeal scotchie recipe! Mine have always been thin & crispy. Thank you!

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