Butterscotch No-Bake Cookies

I wanted to make a fun snack for my two oldest children for when they got home from school. I wanted something super quick to throw together and easy enough that youngest 2 could help me make it. I thought something of the no-bake variety sounded good.

The first two thoughts I had were the traditional chocolate no-bakes or the chow mein noodle/butterscotch treats. I checked my baking cabinet and realized I was out of both cocoa powder and chow mein noodles. So I decided to attempt to combine the two recipes instead of scrapping the plan altogether. Probably the best decision I’ve made all week!

These cookies taste so good, and with their rich flavor and creamy texture, I’d say they’re closer to a candy than a cookie. Plus, they’re even easier to put together and set then my original two thoughts.


Butterscotch No-Bake Cookies

  • 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 c. butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter
  • 2 T. milk
  • 2 c. oats (quick or old-fashioned will work)

1. Melt the butter over low heat in a medium sauce pan. Add butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Stir until chips are completely melted and mixture is smooth. Add milk and cook an additional 3 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and stir in oats. Drop mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased aluminum foil or parchment paper. Allow cookies to cool until set and firm. (Place them in the refrigerator to speed up this process. Mine were ready in less than an hour.)


I must say, combining two favorite recipes into a completely new favorite definitely worked for me today!

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16 thoughts on “Butterscotch No-Bake Cookies

  1. My daughter and I made these yesterday. They were SO yummy. Thank you for posting the recipe – I know we’ll be making these often – they were so quick, easy, and delicious.

  2. Ooooh, this kicks the crap out of how my “incidents” in the kitchen usually turn out. Can’t wait to give this a try! I linked to this on my weekly roundup – post is under my name. Thanks!!

  3. I was very excited to make these and finally got around to it last night. Sadly they did not turn out right and I have no idea what I did wrong! I’m hoping later tonight to just make the cocoa version with another recipe I have. Maybe I’ll try these again another time.

  4. I tried this recipe, first batch I through out. the second batch i cut the cooking time down to 1 min, after adding milk. They turned out good, but i would like if they were a little more creamer. Still they were crumbly. But kids still loved them.

  5. I made these and they nowhere NEAR have the taste of candy?!?! They are bland. They are not even sweet! I am very disappointed in this recipe!

  6. i’ve made three batches now but i used chocolate or white choc chips. taste great & super easy but just drier & crumblier than I’d hoped. kids still gobbled right up though 🙂

  7. Just found this recipe today. Read the comments about it being too dry and compared to chocolate boiled cookie recipe. No sugar and much less milk and butter in this one, so do not see need for boiling for 4 minutes. Should be enough to just melt all together. And, I was not sure all the milk was needed. So tried recipe as written except only melted together, no extra boiling, and used only 1T of milk. When I added the oats, mixture seemed a little dry so added second T of milk. Recipe turned out great! Cookies firmed up but did not get crumbly. So I suggest following recipe except for the additional 4 minutes cooking time.

  8. I found this tonight via a Google search – I think they made my husband fall in love with me all over again. 🙂 We loved them.

    BTW, I used crunchy peanut butter, didn’t cook long after I added the milk, and used old-fashioned oats.

    They were great. Thank you!

  9. Try using ;

    2 cups sugar, 1/2 c butter, 1 can evaporated milk
    boil 1 minute

    then remove from heat, add butterscotch chips until mostly melted and I usually add about 1/2 cup peanutbutter with the chips, but peanutbutter chips would work too. ,

    then mix in 3-4 cups of oats ….. start with 3 and add more if needed.

    drop by spoonfuls on wax paper. They set real nice.

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