Butterscotch "Salty Oat" Cookies Recipe

Alexandra Penfold

The crunchy salt crystals on top of a salty oat cookie really makes them special. Butterscotch chips lend an extra bit of sweetness and cinnamon gives them a hint of spice. They may not be your grandma's oatmeal cookie, but I think that she'd approve.

This recipe is adapted from Erin's 2011 cookie swap recipe.

Recipe Details

Butterscotch "Salty Oat" Cookies Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 3 hrs
Serves 24 servings


  • 3 1/4 cups (9 1/8 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 1/2 cups (6 3/4 ouncesall-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • 11 ounces butterscotch chips

  • Fleur de sel


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together oatmeal, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer beat butter until smooth. Add sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract. Beat in egg until thoroughly combined. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in butterscotch chips.

  3. Cover bowl with the dough with plastic wrap. Chill dough in refrigerator at least two hours and up to overnight.

  4. Move oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 375° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball and dip it into a shallow bowl of Fleur de sel or Kosher salt, so the coarse salt sits atop the ball. Place on cookie sheet, salty side up, leaving a couple of inches of space between the dough balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Special Equipment

Electric stand mixer, baking sheets, parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
247 Calories
12g Fat
31g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 247
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 71mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)