We spent the morning at home cleaning, and that included the pantry. I had half a bag of butterscotch chips along with some butter flavored Crisco I needed to finish off, so I made half a batch of these cookies. I don’t care for butter flavored shortening in all recipes, but in this case it was pretty good. The artificial butter flavor in the shortening and the artificial butterscotch flavor in the chips cancelled each other out! Okay, not really. But they tasted kind of good together in my opinion. For less artificial butter flavor, you can use regular shortening. Just don’t use all butter or you won’t get the great texture shortening gives these cookies. They’re crinkly with crispy edges and chewy centers.
UPDATE: This cookie was so good I entered into The Secret Recipe Club Cookie Party!
Crinkly Butterscotch Pecan Cookies
- 1 3/4 cups 7.9 oz all-purpose unbleached flour, spoon, sweep, level (don’t scoop and pack)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 oz unsalted butter cold, cut-up
- 1/2 cup shortening I used butter flavored
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups butterscotch chips
- 2/3 cup pecans toasted and chopped
- Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- Beat the cold butter and shortening with an electric mixer until creamy. Add both sugars and continue beating for another two minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl. Add egg and beat for about 30 seconds or until egg is incorporated.
- By hand, stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture—dough will be pretty thick. Mix in the butterscotch chips and pecans. Chill the batter for ½ hour or until ready to bake.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Scoop dough by generously rounded tablespoons and shape into large balls. Space about 3 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake one sheet at a time for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are brown around the edges. They won’t be extremely brown when they come out of the oven, but if the edges are browned at all they’ve probably baked long enough. Mine took 15 minutes.
- With the edge of a spatula, gently nudge cookies into neat circles. Doing this will enhance the wrinkles and folds in the cookies
- Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.
- Makes about 28 cookies