Easy Butterscotch Cookies No-Bake

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This is for those whose grandmas had an extra golden wrapped butterscotch candy or two in her purse for you! A little extra love on top to balance out that sweetness.

stack of 4 cookies on a stand

How to make Easy Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Create a traditional no-bake drop cookie with all the flavor of butterscotch chips, dark chocolate chips, and fun flaky sea salt! Our Chocolate No Bake Cookie has that signature chocolate and peanut butter flavor you love too.

These butterscotch chip cookies are a delicious blend of sweet and salty. Dark chocolate and butterscotch chips with the added salt will be sure to surprise your guests. Add some chopped pretzels for crunch!

Other butterscotch cookie recipes are usually baked and require a lot more time and equipment. No need to bring out the stand mixer and large baking sheet for this one. Quick and easy to make, and just as easy to eat!

close up of cookies dropped on parchment paper

Butterscotch Cookies Ingredients

White sugar – Your preferred brand will work. Sifted first is best.

Butter – Salted or unsalted butter would work well. Use salted butter to help balance out the extra sweetness of the butterscotch flavor.

Whole milk – The recipe calls for whole milk but if that isn’t your thing, any other dairy-free milk alternative should work.

Pure vanilla extract – For maximum flavor enhancement choosing pure vanilla extract is ideal.

Butterscotch chips – Your favorite brand of butterscotch chips should work well here.

Quick oats – Old-fashioned oats and steel-cut oats will not work as well in this recipe. Quick or minute oats are small and fine enough to absorb the melted sugar and butter, resulting in a moist cookie.

Dark Chocolate Chips – Dark chocolate chips are essential in creating that bitter contrast to the sweetness of the butterscotch.

Flaky Salt – Flaky salt is beautiful, and also aids in adding that salty touch. You’ll have sweet, bitter, and salty in this recipe. You don’t often find that in desserts. We love it!

*see recipe card for detailed measurements

no bake butterscotch cookie ingredients

Butterscotch Cookie Kitchen Supplies

Boil it, Mix it, & Drop it!

Add sugar, butter, and milk to a dutch oven or medium saucepan.

On medium heat, stir the sugar and butter mixture until it reaches a rolling boil. Let the mixture reaches a full rolling boil for exactly 2 minutes. Set a timer!

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract, butterscotch chips, quick-cooking, and oats.

Stir with a rubber spatula until the mixture is completely mixed together.

Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out the cookie and drop cookies onto a sheet of parchment paper.

Using a medium cookie scoop will result in smaller cookies, but more of them.

Add the dark chocolate chips to the top then sprinkle with flaky salt.

Allow the no-bake cookies to cool completely and set properly before eating.

*If set on a cooling rack, put parchment paper down first so the cookies don’t adhere to the rack.

finished cookies with chips and salt on top

What do Butterscotch Chip Cookies taste like?

Rich, buttery, and sweet can all describe the flavor of butterscotch. Butterscotch chips are a combination of molasses, dark brown sugar, butter, and salt.

close up of cookies dropped on parchment paper

Why won’t my No-Bake cookie harden?

If your chocolate no-bake cookies do not harden, then it is likely that the butter/sugar mixture did not boil long enough. The recipe requires 2 minutes exactly of a rolling boil.

The sugar needs to reach that “soft ball” stage so when the cookies are left to cool, the sugar will harden some and hold the cookie together. Butterscotch cookies are soft and chewy

three cookie with a glass of milk

Tips for Making, Eating, & Storing

Making

-This cookie mixture comes together fairly quickly, so don’t take your eyes off of your pan.

-You should easily be able to double or triple the recipe if using a dutch oven. They’re typically large enough to handle the extra cookie ingredients.

-Make sure your mixture reaches a rolling boil over medium heat for exactly 2 minutes to ensure your drop cookies are set properly.

-Use quick oats! Old-fashioned rolled oats, while delicious, won’t absorb the melted sugar well enough and could result in a drier cookie.

Eating

-A tall glass of milk or almond milk with these no-bake cookies will really help balance that rich butterscotch sweetness in these chewy oatmeal cookies.

Storing

-Store no-bake butterscotch oatmeal cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week

-Store no-bake cookies in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Separate each cookie with parchment paper so they don’t stick to each other.

Can you freeze Butterscotch no-bake cookies?

-Freeze no-bake butterscotch oatmeal cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag, separated by parchment paper, for up to 3 weeks.

No bake cookie broken in half

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Butterscotch No-Bake Cookies

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  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Ingredients

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2 cups white granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup butterscotch chips

3 cups quick oats

Dark chocolate chips

flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add sugar, butter, and milk to a dutch oven or medium saucepan.
  2. On medium heat, stir the sugar and butter mixture until it reaches a rolling boil. Let the mixture reaches a full rolling boil for exactly 2 minutes. Set a timer!

  3. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract, butterscotch chips, quick-cooking, and oats.

  4. Stir with a rubber spatula until the mixture is completely mixed together.
  5. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out the cookie and drop cookies onto a sheet of parchment paper.


  6. Add the dark chocolate chips to the top then sprinkle with flaky salt.

  7. Allow the no-bake cookies to cool completely and set properly before eating.

  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Stove top

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 353
  • Sugar: 49.3 g
  • Sodium: 209.8 mg
  • Fat: 8.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 64.7 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.2 mg
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By on July 2nd, 2022

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3 thoughts on “Easy Butterscotch Cookies No-Bake”

  1. I made these cookies over the weekend and they were incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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