Double Butterscotch Cookies Recipe
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Double Butterscotch Cookies Recipe

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This is a very old recipe that's been in the family for generations. Sometimes I'll omit the toffee bits and add miniature chocolate chips or coconut instead. —Beverly Duncan, Lakeville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package English toffee bits (10 ounces) or almond brickle chips (7-1/2 ounces)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 248 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 221 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening and brown sugar for 2 minutes or until mixture resembles wet sand. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the brown sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in toffee bits and pecans.
  2. Shape into three 14-in. rolls (mixture will be slightly crumbly); wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  3. Unwrap and cut into 1/2-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Double Butterscotch Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p91

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"These turned out great. I learned you do have to let them chill well or they will not hold their shape. We were just really excited to try them. They are so delicious. I added dark chocolate chips also."

Reviewed May. 8, 2014

"This is a great recipe. I don't bother making logs and refrigerating. I just form the dough (yes, it is very crumbly) into 1" balls and flatten them. Much easier! It makes about 10 dozen this way. I just tried it with coconut. Crunched up Heath Bars is better. I added miniature chocolate chips and toffee bits to the last sheet. I'll stick with the Heath Bars from now on. I live at an altitude of 7300' and didn't change a thing."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Ok, I changed a LOT of this recipe, made it smaller, less sugar-to-fat ratio, and added butterscotch chips. Now it's:

1/2 c butter, 1/2 c Crisco, 3 c Stevia/sugar mix, 1 1/2 tsp molasses (to make up for not using brown sugar, but it's optional), 3 eggs, 1 Tbls vanilla extract, 1 c white whole wheat flour, 3 1/2 c all purpose flour (I used King Arthur for both flours), 2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp salt, 8 oz English toffee bits, 8 oz butterscotch chips, 1 c chopped pecans.
I mixed them up per instructions, rolled and chilled them overnight, and baked them at 375 deg F rotating the pan halfway through. I also slammed the pan down on the stovetop when they got too puffy so they would flatten out and put them back in the oven again for a total of about 14 minutes. I baked them till they were golden, and then cooled them on the pan. They were crispy to bite into but had a slightly chewy texture after that first bite. I froze 2/3 of the batter for later use, but I still got about 2 dozen 3-inch cookies in the first baking. I'll definitely make these again. Friends loved them! I'd give them a 5-star rating except I changed so much of the quantities. The original is awesome (I made a 1/4 batch just to try; they were way too sweet for me), but mine is a little more healthy."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"I have not made these cookies yet, but giving 3 stars because they sound good. After shaping into rolls can they be frozen for a later use?"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"This cookies are one to taste ;)"

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