Oatmeal Scotchies for the Cookie Extravaganza

Every year the Berkeley parents come together to say “Thank you” to the teachers and staff by having a Cookie Extravaganza. 

The request is for volunteers to bake six dozen cookies and to make anything other than chocolate chip.  So, we decided to make Oatmeal Scotchies.  Of  course I had to enlist my little chef to help me, he loves to cook and this is a perfect way for him to say “Thank you” to Mrs. Fruit, Ms. Michiel’s, and his other teachers….


Oatmeal Scotchies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats (I use Quaker Old Fashioned, do not use instant)
  • 1 package of butterscotch chips

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.

In bowl of electric mixer or by hand, beat butter until creamy.  Add sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in eggs and vanilla; beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Gradually mix into butter mixture with wooden spoon or large rubber spatula until just combined.  Stir in oats and butterscotch chips.

Drop the dough by heaped tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheet, leaving at least a 2 inch gap between each mound.  Place one baking sheet at a time onto center rack of preheated 375 degree oven.  For softer chewy cookies; bake until very lightly browned, about 7 to 8 minutes.  For crisper cookies; bake until golden brown, about 9-10 minutes.  Cool on a baking sheet for at least two minutes before transferring to a place to finish cooling. 

(I found that in my oven the cookies were the best at around 8 1/2 minutes. )

Makes about 48 cookies.

To make bar Cookies:  grease a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan.  Spread cookie dough in prepared pan.  Bake until light golden brown, about 18-22 minutes.  Cool completely in pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars.

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.  Cookies freeze well.

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