Monday, June 18, 2012

Oatmeal Scotchies

These are a favorite cookie of our family.  Years ago, I had a crush on a guy who I worked with and he told me he liked these cookies.  I had never heard of them but promptly marched myself to the store, purchased a package of butterscotch chips and baked him a few dozen.  Fast forward one husband and a few children later.  I remembered these yummies one day, marched myself back to the store for a package of butterscotch goodness and introduced them to my family.  I suggest you pick up a bag and introduce them to your family.

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c (2 sticks) softened butter
3/4 c granulated sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
11 oz package butterscotch flavored morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in oats and morsels.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9-10 minutes for crisp cookies.  Cool for two minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.  
Makes about four dozen cookies...
(if you don't love cookie dough as much as I do!)

As much as I love these cookies, I would never make them for anyone but my family, UNTIL NOW.  If you make the dough then bake them, the cookies spread so thin, they resemble lace cookies and almost completely fall apart.  This makes for LOTS of eating bits as they fall apart which is yummy but leaves you feeling sick with a delicious but unattractive mess.  We scarf down the pile quickly enough but I was determined to refine the process so I could bring these treats to a party.

It is important to refrigerate the dough before baking them.  I made the dough at night and baked the cookies the next morning.  The result was perfection!

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