Oatmeal Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

Every four years Redbook magazine features recipes submitted by potential first ladies. This Oatmeal Butterscotch cookie recipe, originally developed by Hershey’s, is said to be a favorite of the wife of a former Republican candidate, and if true, she has great taste in cookies. These are a medium thickness, have crispy edges with crunchy centers and loads of flavor from the butterscotch, brown sugar and cinnamon. To make the cookies even better, I threw in some toasted pecans. I think both parties would approve.

Cindy McCain Cookies

Oatmeal Butterscotch & Pecan Cookies


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (5.7 oz/160 grams)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks (6 oz) unsalted butter at cool room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar (5.25 oz/147 grams)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar (6 oz/168 grams)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 2/3 cups butterscotch chip
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Have ready two parchment lined cookie sheets.

Stir flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a medium size bowl; set aside.

Cream butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl using high speed of an electric mixer; Add eggs and beat for about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl and stir in vanilla extract. By hand, stir in flour mixture. When flour is absorbed, stir in oats, butterscotch chips and pecans

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake one sheet at a time on center rack for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

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  1. Carolyn says

    The recipe was great and the cookies were delicious!!! However, they were a little too sweet and I wish I had added less butterscotch chips and more pecans!

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