Bite into Deliciousness with our Homemade Scotch Oat Cookies

I’ve always had an affinity for cookies – they’re the ultimate comfort food, packed with so much warmth and love. But not all cookies are created equal, and that’s why I’m excited to share with you my recipe for scotch oat cookies. These classic cookies are made even more delicious by adding some wholesome ingredients like rolled oats and scotch oatmeal.

Scotch oat cookies have been a favorite in my family for generations, passed down from my dad’s original recipe. There’s something about the combination of oats and butterscotch that just hits the spot every time. These crunchy yet chewy cookies are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings, whether it’s a midday snack or after-dinner dessert.

But what really sets these cookies apart is their versatility. You can enjoy them as is, or add in your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips or raisins to switch things up. The possibilities are endless!

And let’s not forget about their health benefits – adding oats to your baking not only gives you a nice dose of fiber and protein, but also helps keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the game, this scotch oat cookie recipe is sure to become a staple in your dessert repertoire. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scotch Oat Cookies
Scotch Oat Cookies

Listen up, cookie lovers! I’m here to tell you why you’ll fall in love with this scotch oat cookie recipe. First of all, let’s talk about the unique ingredient that makes these cookies stand out – scotch oatmeal. This ingredient is a game-changer. It gives the cookies a subtle butterscotch flavor that pairs perfectly with the texture of the rolled oats.

You’ll love this recipe because it’s not your typical boring oatmeal cookie. No, sir, it’s a delicious twist on a classic that will have your taste buds dancing with joy. Plus, the recipe is incredibly easy to follow! All you need are some basic pantry staples like flour, sugar, and butter.

But wait, there’s more! These cookies are perfect for any occasion. Bring them to work or school for a mid-day snack, serve them at a party, or enjoy them as a dessert after dinner. They’re versatile, delicious and they have been passed down from my dad’s original Scotch oat biscuits (a.k.a oat crunchies).

Let’s not forget about the health benefits too! With heart-healthy rolled oatmeal and unbleached flour, you can enjoy these cookies without worrying too much about your diet.

Plus, this recipe has been tried and tested by countless bakers before me since 2009 and has stood the test of time. So trust me when I say that once you try one bite of these scotch oat cookies, you’ll be hooked forever.

In conclusion, this recipe offers something unique and tasty with easy-to-find ingredients that make for perfect snacks or desserts for any occasion. You’ll love how easy and delicious these cookies are to make, and best of all, they’re healthier than most other types of cookies! So don’t hesitate! Give it a try today and add it to your arsenal of favorite desserts!

Ingredient List

 These cookies are like a warm hug on a chilly day.
These cookies are like a warm hug on a chilly day.

Get Your Baking Essentials Ready – It’s Time to Make Some Magic!

You don’t need a lot of fancy items to create these Scotch Oat Cookies. Just gather ingredients from your basic baking kit and you’re ready to roll. Remember: your ingredients should be at room temperature to ensure the best results. Here are the key ingredients for whipping up this irresistible dessert:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats (quick or old-fashioned)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Butterscotch Chips

Notes on specific ingredients:
Rolled Oats:

Rolled oats, sometimes known as old-fashioned oats, are key in creating a chewy texture that is unique to oatmeal cookies. Don’t skimp on this ingredient!

Butterscotch Chips:

If you’re looking for a classic Scotch Oat Cookie, then butterscotch chips should be your go-to. For a twist on the original recipe, try replacing butterscotch chips with chocolate chips or raisins.

Unsalted Butter:

Using unsalted rather than salted butter allows you to fully control the salty-sweet balance of your cookies.

Brown Sugar:

For this recipe, we use both brown sugar and granulated sugar. The brown sugar contributes to the traditional flavor of baked goods while the granulated sugar helps in achieving a crisp exterior.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfectly crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside.
Perfectly crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, let’s get baking those delicious Scotch Oat Cookies!

Step 1: Preheat your oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Step 2: Beat butter and sugar together

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of butter and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 3: Add eggs and vanilla to the mixture

Once the mixture is well-creamed, add 2 large eggs, one at a time. Mix well after adding each egg. Now, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix again.

Step 4: Mix in oats and flour

In a separate mixing bowl, add 2 cups of unbleached flour, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt. Mix these dry ingredients with a whisk to combine them evenly.

Slowly pour these dry ingredients into the bowl with the creamed butter mixture while using a mixer on low speed.

Then mix in 3 cups of rolled oats just until incorporated.

Step 5: Create cookie dough balls

Scoop out portions of dough using an ice cream scoop or spoon. Roll each portion about to shape it into a ball. Place these balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 6: Bake the cookies

Bake your delicious Scotch Oat Cookies for approximately 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Make sure to rotate your baking sheet halfway through baking for even cooking.

Step 7: Cool and enjoy!

Let the cookies cool for at least five minutes before moving them from the baking sheet into a wire rack to cool completely.

That’s it! Your delightful Scotch Oat Cookies are ready. Serve them warm or store in an airtight container for later delight!

Substitutions and Variations

 With just the right amount of nuttiness from the scotch oats.
With just the right amount of nuttiness from the scotch oats.

Listen close, folks. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to add some pizzazz or health benefits to the scotch oat cookies recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations that may tickle your fancy.

First off, let’s talk about the sugar. The recipe calls for 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar, packed. But if you want to lighten up the cookies a bit, you can use coconut sugar or even honey instead. Just be mindful of the sweetness level.

Next, let’s consider the flour. If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, try swapping out the unbleached flour for almond flour or chickpea flour. You could also mix in some whole wheat flour to make the cookies a bit heartier.

And what about the oats? The recipe calls for rolled oats, but you could use quick oats if that’s what you have on hand. You could also go for Scottish oats instead of rolled oats to give the cookies a slightly different texture and flavor profile.

Now, if you’re feeling wild and crazy, there are a few variations you could try as well. You could swap out the butterscotch chips for chocolate chips or raisins if you’re in the mood for a different kind of cookie. Or why not try making sandwich cookies with some buttercream frosting in between?

There’s also an oat crunchies sandwich cookie variation that involves sticking two cookies together with some creamy peanut butter or Nutella – it’s perfect for those who crave an extra dose of sweetness.

And let’s not forget about oat lace cookies – they’re delicate crispy treats made from rolling out cookie dough very thin before baking. Byrd Cookie Company in St Louis is famous for its Dad’s Oatmeal Cookies – also known as Belgian Lace Cookies – which are thin and crispy with buttery goodness.

So experiment away! A small tweak can transform your regular oatmeal cookie into something extraordinary.

Serving and Pairing

 Make sure to give yourself a pat on the back for making these delicious cookies from scratch.
Make sure to give yourself a pat on the back for making these delicious cookies from scratch.

Ah, nothing like a fresh batch of oatmeal cookies to warm the soul and tantalize the taste buds. But what’s the best way to serve and pair these delightful scotch oat cookies? Well, that my friend is where the fun begins.

First things first, let’s talk about serving. These cookies are versatile, so you can enjoy them any time of day, whether as a mid-morning snack or as an after dinner dessert. I recommend pairing these with a hot cup of tea or coffee to fully savor their deliciousness. The warmth of the beverage enhances the buttery flavor of the cookies as they melt in your mouth.

Now let’s move onto pairing. Because these cookies aren’t overtly sweet, they pair well with richer or tangier flavors to balance out the taste buds. A lovely scoop of vanilla ice cream on top creates a creamy contrast with the crunchiness of the cookie. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, try crumbling these cookies over some creamy oatmeal for a breakfast that doubles as dessert.

If you want to get creative with these cookies and put your own spin on them, make them into sandwich cookies by adding some frosting or jam between two cookies for extra indulgence. Or add some chocolate chips for a classic twist on an old favorite.

In conclusion, there really are no limits when it comes to serving and pairing these scrumptious scotch oat cookies. Pair them with whatever your heart desires and enjoy every last bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cookies are so good, you may find yourself hiding them from your family!
These cookies are so good, you may find yourself hiding them from your family!

Now that you’ve made these delightful scotch oat cookies, you may be wondering about the best ways to store and reheat them. Fortunately, this recipe is very accommodating, making it easy to store and reheat your leftover goodies.

If you want to make the cookies ahead of time, it’s best to store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for up to a week when stored properly.

If you prefer to freeze your cookies, I recommend first placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet and then putting them in the freezer until they are frozen solid. Then transfer the cookies to an airtight container or freezer bag and put them back in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw out the cookies at room temperature or pop them into a preheated oven for a few minutes.

When it comes to reheating your scotch oat cookies, there are a few options. You can either heat them in the oven or microwave. If you choose the oven method, preheat your oven to 350°F and place your cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat them for about 5 minutes or until they are warmed through. Alternatively, if you prefer a softer cookie, place the cookies in the microwave for just a few seconds.

Regardless of how you choose to store and reheat your scotch oat cookies, I encourage you to experiment with flavors and textures by adding different ingredients such as chocolate chips or raisins. These versatile treats have been enjoyed for generations and can be easily adapted to fit anyone’s taste preferences!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea or coffee.
The perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Now, let’s get down to business, shall we? I have a few tips up my sleeve that guarantee perfect results every time you bake your Scotch Oat Cookies recipe.

First up, make sure you preheat your oven correctly. This step is often skipped, but it makes all the difference in the texture of your cookies. Set your oven to the prescribed temperature and give it at least ten minutes to warm up properly. A hot oven ensures that the cookies bake evenly and acquire their chewy exterior, which we all desire.

Next, be sure to measure all ingredients accurately. When making any recipe, even minor changes in quantities can greatly affect the outcome. For example, adding too much flour can result in dry and crumbly cookies, while not adding enough can make them spread out and flat as pancakes. So grab those measuring cups and spoons for precise measurements.

Another essential element of successful cookie baking is creaming butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. This step aerates the mixture, creating pockets of air that expand during baking and pack the cookies with flavor. Mix until the sugars are fully incorporated into a creamy consistency before adding in any other ingredient.

For an added crunch factor to your Scotch Oat Cookies recipe, try incorporating some quick oats alongside your rolled oats. The quick oats will blend in more with the other ingredients compared to rolled oats that provide the cookie its signature texture without being too grainy.

Lastly yet importantly- never overcook your cookies! It is common to see recipes suggesting bake times of 10 – 12 minutes for their oatmeal cookies recipe, but always keep an eye on them from about nine minutes. Once they are slightly golden brown around their edges take them out! They’ll continue cooking from residual heat while cooling down on a wire rack.

Keep these essential tips in mind while following the recipe, and your homemade Scotch Oat Cookies will undoubtedly turn out finger-licking-good every single time.


Now that you know how to prepare scrumptious scotch oat cookies, I bet you have some questions running through your head. Fret not, I hear you and have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about the recipe. Keep reading to learn more about the recipe’s ingredients, serving recommendations, and customization options.

Can you use Scottish oats in baking?

Baking with Scottish oats is a real treat! These oats have a coarser texture, similar to cornmeal, making them perfect for baking. You could even say they’re on par with other meals like oatmeal and flaxseed meal.

Why are my oatmeal butterscotch cookies flat?

Have you ever baked cookies that ended up flat, no matter how many times you tried different recipes? The culprit may be your oven’s temperature being too high. This can result in the butter melting too quickly, before the other ingredients have had time to set into the desired cookie shape. As a result, the entire cookie will spread and become thin and liquidy. So, if you’re struggling with flat cookies, try lowering your oven temperature and see if that makes a difference!

Why can’t you use quick oats in cookies?

For the best results, it’s best to avoid using quick oats for this oatmeal cookie recipe. You’ll want your cookies to have a chewy texture and great texture throughout, and quick oats may not deliver that. Quick oats absorb liquids differently and may leave you with cookies that are lacking in moisture. It’s best to stick with traditional oats to keep your cookies nice and hearty.

Are oatmeal cookies healthier than chocolate chip?

When it comes to cookies, opting for oatmeal raisin instead of chocolate chip can be a smarter choice for health-conscious individuals. This is because oatmeal raisin cookies contain more protein and fiber while having less fat than their chocolate chip counterparts.

Bottom Line

Now that you’ve read through this article, it’s time to put everything into practice and try out this scrumptious scotch oat cookies recipe! With its simple ingredients, easy-to-follow steps, and the potential for endless variations and substitutions, these cookies are sure to become a staple treat in your household. And why not share the love with family and friends by bringing them some freshly baked cookies as a thoughtful gift?

As a baker, I have tested countless cookie recipes over the years, but there is just something magical about scotch oat cookies that stands out from the rest. The combination of the nutty oats, hints of butterscotch, and chewy texture makes these cookies irresistible.

Don’t forget to follow the tips for perfect results to ensure that your cookies turn out just right every time. Plus, feel free to experiment with different mix-ins or variations to put your own personal twist on this classic recipe.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking! Whip up a batch of scotch oat cookies today and savor their taste and texture with every bite. Trust me, this recipe will quickly become a new family favorite and a go-to dessert option for any occasion.

Scotch Oat Cookies

Scotch Oat Cookies Recipe

These cookies are absolutely delicious. One of the ladies in our Bible Study group brought these and she was surrounded by ladies who wanted her recipe. She advises to use all the flour in the cookies and add extra for rolling. Put in fridge 1 hr. before rolling for easier handling.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scottish
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Easy
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 42 cookies
Calories: 84.9kcal


  • 1 cup butter, if you wish (may use 1/2 butter 1/2 shortening)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour (or all purpose)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Cream butter, sugar and vanilla.
  • Add dry ingredients.
  • Dissolve soda in boilig water and add to mixture.
  • Roll out on floured pastry sheet.
  • Cut into 2 inch rounds.
  • Bake 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Serving: 813g | Calories: 84.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.8g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 4.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 11.6mg | Sodium: 90.6mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 3.9g

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