No Bake Oatmeal Scotchies

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If you love no bake cookies AND you love oatmeal scotchies: these NO BAKE Oatmeal Scotchies are for you! Cookies packed with butterscotch flavor and chewy oats–ready to eat in minutes.

New to no bake cookie recipes? Check out my tutorial to learn How to Make No Bake Cookies. Just swap out the ingredients to make your favorite flavor! Or give our easy Cheerio Bars a try next!

No bake oatmeal butterscotch cookies on parchment paper.
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Why this Recipe Works

  • Takes just 15 minutes to make.
  • No need to turn on your oven.
  • Simple, easy-to-find ingredients
  • Buttery, chewy, sweet oatmeal butterscotch flavor!

When I left for college, oatmeal butterscotch cookies were the one treat I asked my mom to make for me on weekends I came home.

I also asked for a box full of Kraft mac and cheese, Cool Ranch Doritos, and Ramen…not exactly a creative cook back then.

But when it came to cookies, I would much rather have butterscotch over Chocolate Chip Cookies or Peanut Butter Cookies.

I still love butterscotch. These Oatmeal Scotchie Bars are an all time favorite dessert with their sweet frosting.

I also love No Bake Cookies. When the weather hits 90 degrees F and I have zero desire to turn on my oven, I choose no bake cookies as my stand-by dessert.

So it occurred to me, why not combine my favorite cookies with a no bake recipe? No Bake Oatmeal Scotchies were born!

Ingredients needed to make no bake oatmeal butterscotch cookies.

Ingredient Notes

Quick oats. These are more finely processed than old-fashioned oats, helping the cookies stick together without flour. DO NOT cook the oatmeal before adding to the recipe!

Vanilla. A quality real vanilla extract makes a world of difference in the flavor of these butterscotch cookies. I love using Homemade Vanilla Extract in my cookies. Pressed for time? A store bought vanilla labeled “pure” vanilla extract (not imitation) is perfect too.

Unsalted butter. Using unsalted butter helps control the saltiness in the finished cookies. If you have to use salted butter, leave out the added kosher salt in the recipe.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make no bake oatmeal scotchies.
  1. Heat butter, milk and sugar. Boil in a sauce pan over the stove for one minute.
  2. Add Butterscotch chips. Stir in vanilla and butterscotch.
  3. Add oatmeal. Fold the oatmeal into the melty butterscotch mixture. It’ll form a sticky dough.
  4. Let set. Drop the cookie dough by the spoonful onto a lined cookie sheet. Let the cookies set at room temperature until firm. This takes about 15 minutes.

Enjoy No Bake Scotchies right away or store for later!

Tips & Tricks

  • Store uneaten cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • The butterscotch morsels won’t fully melt when you stir them into the butter mixture. That’s okay! As long as they are softened and gooey, the dough will come together well.
  • These cookies are very sweet. More like a fudge with oatmeal than a traditional baked cookie. A little goes a long way when it comes to no bake scotchies!
  • Change up the flavor. Make a batch of biscoff no bake cookies, nutella no bake cookies, or peanut butter no bake cookies by just changing out the butterscotch!
No bake oatmeal scotchies stacked on a white serving plate.

Recipe FAQs

Do you have to refrigerate no bake cookies?

Some no bake cookies need to be chilled, but these No Bake Butterscotch Cookies hold up just fine on the counter. Of course, if you prefer the taste of a cold cookie, feel free to pop them in the fridge!

Are quick oats the same as instant oatmeal?

Not exactly. Instant oatmeal is even finer than quick oats and often sold in packets with added flavors. I recommend the quick cook oats sold in a tub for this recipe!

What kind of milk do I need for this recipe?

Any milk you have on hand works! I’ve made these no bake oatmeal butterscotch cookies with skim, whole and nonfat milk with great results every time. You can even use nondairy milk.

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No Bake Oatmeal Scotchies

4.69 from 58 votes
By: Aimee
If you love no bake cookies AND you love oatmeal scotchies: these NO BAKE Oatmeal Scotchies are for you! Cookies packed with butterscotch flavor and ready on your table in minutes!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 28 cookies

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 3 cups quick cook oatmeal dry
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Instructions 

  • In large saucepan, on medium high heat, add butter, sugar and milk. Bring to a boil, and boil for a complete full minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, salt and butterscotch morsels.
  • Stir for about 1-2 minutes, the butterscotch won’t completely melt, it’s okay. Fold in oatmeal.
  • Drop by large cookie scoop (2 tablespoon) onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Allow to set and cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Store uneaten cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Quick oats. These are more finely processed than old-fashioned oats, helping the cookies stick together without flour. DO NOT cook the oatmeal before adding to the recipe!
  • The butterscotch morsels won’t fully melt when you stir them into the butter mixture. That’s okay! As long as they are softened and gooey, the dough will come together well.
  • These cookies are very sweet. More like a fudge with oatmeal than a traditional baked cookie. A little goes a long way when it comes to no bake scotchies!
  • Change up the flavor. Make a batch of biscoff no bake cookies, nutella no bake cookies, or peanut butter no bake cookies by just changing out the butterscotch!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 38mg, Sugar: 21g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Sweet, fudgy and chewy No Bake Oatmeal Scotchies take just minutes to make! Skip the baking and whip up a batch of these easy treats instead.

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Posted on August 5, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I made these over the weekend. The only thing I changed was I used 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of granulated sugar. I thought they were great that way; not too sweet. I will definitely make these again.

  2. So I made the No-Bake Oatmeal Scotchies they were very good, however it was way
    To sweet for me. I am glad I made them, I will continue to make things from your
    Recipes. Thank You 😊

  3. I’ve made these a couple of times now with the addition of almond butter, shredded coconut, and coconut extract. I’ve also added ground cannabis this last time and they are yummy.

  4. There was a recipe that used Rice Krispies with butterscotch morsels and peanut butter. I remember a taste explosion happening, I don’t eat peanut butter unless it has chocolate surrounding it, butterscotch makes a nice duo. You melt morsels and peanut butter, add Rice Krispies, stir, spoon into blobs of goodness. These were popular in the 70’s! I’d add peanut butter to this recipe.

  5. I absolutely loved this variation on no bake cookies! Chocolate sometimes gets too sweet and heavy. These were the best texture and had a yummy caramel like flavor. My kids loved them and asked if next time we can add some choco chips. What a simple and delicious recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      I did some changes because I try nor to use so much sugar, if at all. So I replaced it with 1/3 c of honey. I also cut the butter in half and replaced the other half with peanut butter. I’m also crazy about cinnamon so I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon. The morsels are sweet enough so the amount of honey was great.

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