Butterscotch Cookie Cups

There are not enough words to describe how delicious these Butterscotch Cookie Cups taste. Just scroll down and look at the ingredient list and you’ll see why they are mouth watering delicious!

Butterscotch Pecan Sandies cookie cups

So here we are, only 3 days until Christmas. No, in case you were wondering I haven’t finished my wrapping yet. I have done some of it, so there’s that.

But instead of wrapping let’s talk about these cookies. Let’s push that small talk aside today, today’s cookies need the spotlight!

I’ve been wanting to make pecan sandies for about two years. They have been on my ever growing list of ideas (yes it’s a long list…probably close to 100 ideas on it, no joke)!

Then my friend Dorothy made a batch of magic bar bark, and it occurred to me, I needed to forget my list and whip out a butterscotch dessert.

As I was scrolling through my list, to see if there was anything with butterscotch, those pecan sandies kept jumping out at me! So I did the next best thing, I combined the two in this delicious cookie!

Butterscotch Pecan Sandies cookie cups

And what’s cuter than a cookie? A cookie cup of course, drizzled with rum glaze and topped with pecans. OMG you guys…this is HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE COOKIE.

I know. Big words right there. I can’t even wrap my brain around a better recipe. All I can think about is the fact that I have a dozen of these still in my freezer and I’m hoping Santa doesn’t eat them all!!

So, stop what you’re doing and add these to your baking lists immediately. No time before Christmas? It’s okay, they would go great at New Year’s, before those diets start!!! ENJOY!

Butterscotch Pecan Sandies cookie cups

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Butterscotch Cookie Cups

Yield: 5 dozen

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes


For the Cookie:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 12 oz package butterscotch morsels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp rum flavoring
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Beat butter, powdered sugar and salt until combined. Add flour and cornstarch. Fold in butterscotch and chopped pecans.
  2. Roll dough into a 1 inch ball (about 1 Tbsp of dough). Place into a greased mini muffin pan.
  3. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Remove and lightly press each top with a tart shaper (a water bottle cap would work too!). Just enough to give a small indent. Allow to cool in pans about 15 minutes. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the glaze, whisk the sugar with rum flavoring and cream until smooth. Drizzle a small amount into the indent onto each cookie cup. Immediately sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  5. Allow to set (about 15 minutes). Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

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20 comments on “Butterscotch Cookie Cups”

  1. These look amazing!! I’m a huge butterscotch lover. These are totally going on my list of things I need to make before the New Year 🙂

  2. These look fabulous! I’d keep them for myself instead of sharing with Santa. 🙂 Pinned!

  3. I want to eat these cookies right now! Great idea to incorporate butterscotch into the sandies.

    Good luck on getting all of your gift wrapping done! I don’t have any to do this year. We don’t have any kiddos and we decided to install a patio in our backyard instead of doing gifts for each other this year! Merry Christmas to you, Aimee!

  4. Butterscotch cookies with rum frosting, and pecans! Can you get more yum! I can see why these are your new favorite cookies, I would watch out for Santa. He might really eat all these.

  5. Wow! Favorite cookie recipe?! I’m impressed… they must be as delicious as they are gorgeous! Yum. Love the idea!

  6. I’m seriously drooling! I love butterscotch more than most things. Thanks for the shout out!

  7. Kim D

    These look amazing! I’m a big fan of butterscotch. Wondering if these would work as a thumbprint style cookie instead of putting it in the mini muffin pan???

  8. These look like the best ever! Butterscotch, pecans, cookie cups – yep, now I’m drooling.

  9. Why is it that butterscotch never gets the spotlight very much? I actually love it more than other flavors, yet I never bake with it often enough. I need to change that! Love these cute little cookie cups!

  10. Lydia

    Oh these look amazing…. I had said I am not baking anything else this year but THIS is what made me break that promise!! They look super. I am going to try to give the butterscotch morsels a bit of a whirl in the food processor, since the cookies are so small. And I don’t have rum extract; I have a bit of honey bourbon so I’m going to use that instead. Butter is out getting soft now. I can’t wait!!

  11. Katharine

    I’m assuming that there is supposed to be an egg in here somewhere? Adding up all the ingredients and all I have is a dry mix in a bowl, definitely not something that can be rolled up! Please let us know, they look great!

  12. Aimee, when someone with a baking reputation such as yours says these are “hands down my favorite cookie,” I pay attention. Thanks for updating this classic! They sound (and look) wonderful. Happy New Year!

  13. The rum glaze on top sounds divine!! These are a must try if they are your favorite cookie!! Hope you had a nice Christmas cannot believe its come and gone!

  14. Thank you for share.I like to eat cookies

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