Oatmeal Scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies

Butterscotch is like hair dye. I don’t think about it that often, but when I do, I’m so glad it’s there.

My dark hair has been graying for a few years now, and my approach to that is to dye my hair increasingly fun shades of whatever. Right now it’s kind of cherry cola red, but I really wanted to go blue for winter. Kenny vetoed that choice, but the game isn’t over yet. There’s always next winter!

But now it’s summer, and for some reason, I always think of butterscotch when things heat up. One of the best combos ever is butterscotch and oatmeal. These oatmeal scotchies are the perfect lazy day snack!

Oatmeal Scotchies

Back to the hair, though. Sorry, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. We all age, but I’ve decided to age as gracelessly as possible. Instead of deciding that I’m too old for the stuff I love, like blue hair, Converse sneakers or t-shirts with obnoxious messages on them, I’m just gonna keep on trucking with the trends.

Oatmeal Scotchies

Part of the problem is that I teach in a high school, so I’m very much aware of what’s on trend. My goal is not to dress like a teenager, because that would be ridiculous. But I also don’t want to dress like a grown-up a lot of the time, because that’s boring. Kenny describes my style as “funky,” and I’ll stick with that. Funky is forever.

Oatmeal Scotchies

I’ll also keep eating like a teenager, because you know, they actually eat really well. My students always have apples around them, or cheese sticks. They seem to get the importance of nutrition. Gotta say, they’re a lot healthier than I was at that age. Back then, I regularly ate Little Debbie’s snack cakes for lunch.

They do, however, love eating cookies, so I’ll do that too. Because really, what’s better than a cookie that’s chewy and yet still crispy at the edges? And full of butterscotch goodness?

Oatmeal Scotchies

This one is a classic, and I enhanced its oatmeal flavor by baking the cookies with oat flour. That makes them even chewier. It’s a win all around.

Whatever you might be doing this summer, try and have some fun with trends. Summer is a great time to experiment with new fashion or food. If that means you go running for the pink hair dye, so be it. I’ll be right there next to you!


Oatmeal Scotchies


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 and 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat flour (certified GF if needed)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butterscotch chips


  1. In a bowl, combine the oats, oat flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix again. Gradually add the oat mixture, beating each time until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Stir in the butterscotch chips.
  3. Chill the cookie dough for an hour. If youโ€™re heading out, leave it in the refrigerator covered up until youโ€™re ready to bake.
  4. When youโ€™re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Scoop the dough into 1 and 1/2-inch balls and place them on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are beginning to crisp and the middle is mostly set. Do not overbake. The butterscotch chips will mostly melt during baking, but you can still taste them.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool and then remove with a spatula. Eat or store in an airtight container for up to one week.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Sounds like you have a great funky style, Mir! And I vote blue hair! ๐Ÿ™‚ I always tell my husband that I will never dress like most older people do when I’m that age, with the heavy sweaters, ugly shoes, etc. I would like to think that I’ll stay trendy in my old age! These oatmeal scotchies look delicious! I agree, butterscotch and oatmeal make the best combo!
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    1. Mir

      Stay trendy, Gayle! Ugly shoes are just so sad.

  2. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Wait, I realllly want to see your hair! I love the idea of dying my hair entirely, but I’m a little too chicken (and also it wouldn’t work for dance), so I recently settled for ombre-ing my hair at the tips to a SLIGHTLY lighter shade. It’s so subtle that no one really notices except me, but it gives me a kick, what can I say? Love your thoughts on style- prescriptive rules about dressing ‘to your age’ are dumb and stifling, seriously. (Oh, and these cookies look to DIE for!)
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  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, YES KEEP the Converse sneakers and t-shirts with obnoxious messages on them!!! Why not?! and I have to dye my hair like every 4-6 weeks. . b/c I have dark hair, you can see my white hairs really clearly. . I hate it. . anyway. . LOVE these oatmeal-scotchies!!! and haha, I feel the same way about Butterscotch!!!
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    1. Mir

      I have the same problem with having dark hair. So making it funky colors is my way of giving aging a big hefty attitude!

  4. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    Mir I would totally love blue hair on you!! One year I went reddish sort which seemed to look purple when in sun and my husband kind of freaked out hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Nowadays I have been sticking with my old boring black but now I feel like dying my hair some fun color too – thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ˜›
    Btw these scotchies look so yumm!!

    1. Mir

      Aw, purple sounds fun! Your husband shoulda been on cloud nine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Amanda

    I have women who got grey hair very young, so of course I got my first grey hair when I was 13! By 22 I was regularly dying my hair. I do enjoy mixing it up with funky colors.
    These cookies sound great. When I was little we always made butterscotch bars around Christmas, so I have very nostalgic views about butterscotch.
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    1. Mir

      That is definitely graying early. But hey, just means you can have more fun with hair dye!

  6. mira

    Blue hair sounds like a lot of fun Mir! I really want to see it ๐Ÿ™‚ These cookies look delicious! Love butterscotch!
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    1. Mir

      Blue hair is definitely a goal. Thanks, Mira!

  7. Kelsey @ Kelsey in the Kitchen

    Love, love, love butterscotch anything! Definitely going to give these cookies a try sometime, because cookies + butterscotch = best thing ever.

    PS–Totally get the being aware of whats on trend and wanting to go with it! I teach middle schoolers, and have been DYING to try out the pastel ombre hair some of my girls have been rocking this year. Haven’t done it yet, but might just have to jump into the deep end the next time I hit up the hair salon and add some teal and hot pink (far and away the best combination I saw all year). ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Mir

      You should totally do it, Kelsey! Summer vacation is the perfect time to go ombre!

  8. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Now I’m craving cookies! Do you ever get to share your desserts with your students?

    1. Mir

      Sometimes, but I have to be careful about allergies and stuff. But when I do, they’re so grateful! Teenagers LOVE to eat, and they still have the metabolism to be crazy!

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I don’t know why I don’t use butterscotch more often, it’s one of my favorites!! These cookies would disappear so fast!
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    1. Mir

      Same problem, Dorothy. I just forget it’s there!

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