Butterscotch Walnut Drops Recipe

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I created this recipe when I had company coming for Christmas and I was fresh out of chocolate chips. The cookies were such a hit with family that they became a treasured holiday tradition. I've been making the recipe for over 40 years now.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (10 to 11 ounces) butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and butterscotch chips.
  2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Butterscotch Walnut Drops in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2016, p69

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