For the past 16 years Family Circle has challenged prospective first ladies to a cookie bake-off, and up until this year, every winning cookie has been indicative of who would be the first lady. This being an historic election, it is notable that the winning Family Circle cookie can no longer be considered a prognosticator toward the outcome of the election. These Butterscotch Oatmeal cookies are excellent and must transcend politics because they won the 2008 cookie election with over 4,000 votes.
The cookies are similar to Nestle’s Oatmeal Scotchies, but fatter, crumblier and not quite as sweet. In my opinion, they’re more attractive than Scotchies, which I love, but which usually turn out thin and chewy. The original recipe is attributed to Hershey’s Test Kitchen and calls for their butterscotch chips.
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Presidential Cookies on Family Circle
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt plus an extra pinch
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 2/3 cups butterscotch chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Have ready two ungreased baking sheets.
- In a large bowl beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.
- In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir by hand until blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.