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These Chewy Butterscotch Cookies grace the goodie boxes I divvy out to my friends and neighbors for Christmas. Soft and caramelly, they’re a family favorite.

Super easy to make, these cookies appeal to all who try them! Perfect for those who don’t like chocolate (gasp!), nuts, mint, and on and on. Roll dough balls in sugar and bake! So simple and addictive!

Butterscotch Cookies stacked on a small white plate

Buttery Butterscotch Cookies

On occasion, my father-in-law would purchase chewy butterscotch cookies at their farmers’ market. Chatting up the baker of these gems, he was finally able to obtain the recipe.

We shared the love of so many foods like apple desserts, smoked fish, nuts and any caramel desserts. Though I’m told he was extremely picky and would only eat about two vegetables when he married my mother-in-law, I’m not sure if he or his son, my hubby, had a more persnickety palate. They did both agree that these were phenomenal cookies.

Butterscotch Cookies overhead shot on a white plate with a glass of milk on a checked napkin

Easy Cookie Recipe for ANY Occasion

The butter and brown sugar provide the “butterscotch” flavor. Not the artificial taste from those butterscotch chips, but more like caramel undertones.

A bit of cream of tartar allows for the lovely crackled appearance and rolling the dough balls in sugar before baking provides a sweet, crisp bite as you take your first nibble. The recipe is simple, but you will need to form dough balls and roll them in sugar. These cookies are perfect for any occasion. They’re part of the holiday treats I give to my neighbors, but they’re ideal for welcoming new neighbors, a family dealing with a new baby or death in the family, a cookie exchange, afternoon tea or an after school snack!

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Tips for Perfect Chewy Butterscotch Cookies

  • I use a Medium Cookie Scoop to get even sized cookies, and roll them between my hands to make them perfectly round. I make a double batch for the holidays—and I should have counted the cookies as I’m not certain how many dozen a batch will make—maybe three? It all depends on the size of your cookies.
  • My dough balls are approximately the size of a walnut and this results in rather large cookies. Not like anyone around here would complain! If you’d prefer to have smaller cookies, use a Small Cookie Scoop and reduce the baking time.
  • When your cookies come out of the oven, you have a chance to fix any imperfections. If there’s a cookie or two that’s not perfectly round, just use your spatula to tap the edges into shape. Once the cookies cool a couple of minutes, they won’t be as pliable. Don’t forget to grab your hot pad and make any alterations quickly and efficiently.
  • Slightly under bake for chewy cookies!
Chewy Butterscotch Cookies on a white plate with a glass of milk

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Butterscotch Cookies | a soft, chewy family favorite

Butterscotch Cookies

These Butterscotch Cookies grace the goodie boxes I divvy out to my friends and neighbors for Christmas. Soft and caramelly, they’re a family favorite.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (two sticks)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar


  1. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix till incorporated.
  3. Roll out rounded teaspoons of dough, then roll in sugar. Bake 9-10 minutes (if you make slightly larger cookies, it may take up to 15 minutes). I like these slightly undercooked.

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57 comments on “Chewy Butterscotch Cookies”

  1. There is nothing better than a soft, delicious homemade cookie! I am loving that these are butterscotch flavored!

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