Saturday, December 1, 2012

Nestle Toll House Oatmeal Scotchies!

I just put the first pan of Nestle's Oatmeal Scotchies cookies in the oven, and already the warm aroma of these classic cookies is wafting through my kitchen!  My plan, this Christmas season, is to post a number of tried-and-oh-so-true recipes that your family would be so happy to enjoy, because they bring with them memories of cookies that many of us remember as favorites.

It's hard to beat Nestle's Toll House's other star, the chocolate chip cookie, but as I was mixing this scotchie batter, I realize why this recipe has also stood the test of time.  This is one delicious cookie dough, before it even thinks of becoming a cookie.  The simple flavorings of vanilla and a bit of cinnamon are all that are needed to accompany the smooth and flavorful butterscotch morsels.  Oatmeal adds body (and whole grains - I used "old fashioned") so this cookies is a well-rounded dessert by any means.  It stands on its own, but would be happy to be in the company of an icy cold glass of milk!

The timer is ringing for the first batch.  Can't wait!

And here they are! (recipe follows)

Nestle Oatmeal Scotchies
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees Farenheit

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange (I used vanilla)
3 coups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 2/3 cups (11 oz. package) Nestle Toll House Butterscotch morsels

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Beat butter, granulates sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in oats and morsels.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet (I always use parchment paper).  Bake 7-8 minutes* for chewy cookies or 9-10 minutes for crisp cookies.  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

*NOTE:  I made larger cookies using a scoop, and baked them for a longer time.  Mine took 12-13 minutes to be done.  Watch to make sure they are no longer wet on top but don't start to get too brown on the bottom.  Ovens vary, you need to know how yours will do so start watching at 8 minutes and keep them in there a while longer if you need to, especially if you make bigger cookies like I did.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

And for "just because," here's today's photo of my buddies!

Henry and Pete,  visiting this morning.  


  1. Love these cookies. Use to make them alot when I was younger. But they tempted me to try them again.

    1. Hi Jeannette - I'd forgotten how good they are! It's been years since I've had one! Thanks for commenting, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. They look simply delicious. Have to get the oven going and make some of these. Thanks for the recipe! Happy December baking! Lynnie

  3. Who doesn't love oatmeal scotchies?! These were a common occurrence in our house growing up. They bring back great memories! :)

  4. My Mom made these all the time! I had forgotten that wonderful memory till I read your blog. MM I can smell them baking now! Thanks! CKJ

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  6. Thanks for the recipe! I bake cookies for Cam's basketball and baseball teams to have on the bus ride back to school for their away games. I think these might be the ones I am baking them for their next away game. :-)

  7. This was the cookie I always asked for when my mom would send me a care package while I was in college. They always arrived crumbled but were delicious no matter what. My nephew is in college now so I just printed your recipe and my mom and I will be making these to send to SUNY Binghamton. Thank you!

  8. These are one of my all-time favorite cookies!! As Colleen mentioned, Mom made them for us when we were little, then we'd make them together, and I still make them today! My favorite way is to bake them into bars. :-)