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Salted Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Salted Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Updated with new pictures, additional text, and recipe edits (originally posted July 24, 2017).

Hey there! These Salted Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies are so delicious that I want to eat them all with a large glass of milk! They are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

Scott brought a batch of these cookies into his workplace and they disappeared in no time. No word on who ate them all, but an empty plate in a hurry must mean they enjoyed them, right? You know it’s good when they keep coming back for a second or third cookie.

These indulgent cookies are full of rich chocolate and sweet butterscotch flavour and are soft and cake-like in texture.

The addition of coarse sea salt on top of each cookie heightens the chocolate notes and gives it a delightful contrast from the sweet notes of the cookie too.

You’ll need to try it to know what I mean! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

How do you make these chocolate cookies?

(Complete ingredient amounts and instructions in the recipe card down below)

Whipped butter and sugar in a stainless steel bowl.

Using a stand (or electric) mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until fluffy and well-combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract until just combined.

Dry baking ingredients including cocoa power and all-purpose flour mixed in a glass bowl.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Chocolate cookie batter and butterscotch chips in a stainless steel bowl.

Set the mixer to medium speed and slowly add the flour mixture in small batches into the mixing bowl until just combined to form a thick dough. Then fold in a cup of butterscotch chips.

Scooped and rolled chocolate butterscotch chip cookie batter on a baking sheet.

Measure out two tablespoons of dough, form a ball with the palms of your hands, and place a couple inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. It makes around 24 cookies.

You can also use a small cookie scoop to drop each cookie onto the baking sheet.

Side view of unbaked salted chocolate butterscotch chip cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Slightly flatten each cookie and press in the remaining butterscotch chips on the top of each cookie. Sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt.

Not only does it look pretty, but it ensures that each cookie has a decent amount of chips and the sea salt brings out the chocolate flavour and helps balance out the sweetness.

The cookie dough doesn’t need to be chilled prior to baking either so the wait time between you and a freshly baked cookie is quick!

Baked salted chocolate butterscotch cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until puffed on top and slightly crisp on the bottom. Let the soft cookies cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring a cooling rack to completely cool. Enjoy!

Salted chocolate cookies pilled on a white plate.

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An angled overhead view of chocolate butterscotch chip cookies on two white plates.

Overall, these Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies are:

  • Delicious: The combination of chocolate, butterscotch chips, and sea salt is decadent and additive!
  • Quick and easy to make: These cookies come together in 30 minutes and only have a few simple instructions.
  • Easy to scale up or down: This recipe can be easily halved (to make a dozen) or doubled (or more) to make as much as you want.
  • A tasty dessert or snack: I love eating these with a glass or milk or a cup of coffee.
  • Great to make for a cookie exchange party or to serve at holiday party!
  • Shareable: Make this recipe and share with family, friends, and/or your co-workers!
Chocolate butterscotch chip cookies stacked on a white plate with more cookies and a glass of milk behind it.

Did you make this cookie recipe? If you did, please leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. I’d love a picture!

Four Salted Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies stacked on a white plate with a glass of milk beside it.

Salted Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These cookies are soft, thick, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey butterscotch goodness. A no-fuss 30 minute cookie recipe that makes 24 sweet treats!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (packed) brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cups butterscotch chips
  • Coarse or flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a stand (or electric) mixer, at medium speed, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until fluffy and well-combined. Add eggs and vanilla extract until just combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set the mixer to medium speed and slowly add the flour mixture in small batches into the mixing bowl until just combined to form an uniform thick dough, scraping the sides down if necessary. *(see first note)
  4. Using a spatula, fold in a cup of butterscotch chips, making sure to distribute the chips throughout the dough.
  5. Measure out two tablespoons of dough, form a ball with the palms of your hands, and place it an inch or two apart on a baking sheet, making 24 cookies.
  6. Slightly flatten each cookie with your hand and press in the remaining butterscotch chips on the top of each cookie. Sprinkle each cookie with a small amount of sea salt.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until puffed and soft on top and slightly crisp on the bottom. **(see second note). Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before removing to let them cool completely on a cooling rack.
  8. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

  • * Stop mixing once you no longer see the flour. Over-mixing may result in a crunchier cookie.
  • ** You want the cookies to be slightly underdone. They will continue to cook (and harden) when cooling on the baking sheet.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

Nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients used by the author; your ingredients may differ. These values are calculated using Nutritionix.

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Noorain Samat

Friday 3rd of July 2020

I made these, but my cookies spread, it doesnt shape like yours in the picture, what might goes wrong? Do i need to add more flour?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Hi Noorain! Did you make any substitutions to the recipe?

Julianna

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I don’t know where this recipe came from, but these cookies are blowing my mind! Soo sooo good. Probably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! I live in Utah at a high altitude. I left them in for only 8-9 minutes as opposed to 10-12 minutes and they were perfect!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Hi Julianna! Thank you so much. I'm happy that you are enjoying these cookies so much. High altitude baking can be tricky so I'm glad the baking time adjustment worked out so well. :)

Sherri

Monday 16th of December 2019

These are so yummy, love this. I have shared with a friend.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Monday 16th of December 2019

Thanks Sherri! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

Jennifer Scott

Sunday 24th of November 2019

I stumbled across this recipe last month, wondering what to do with the bag of butterscotch chips I picked up at ALDI and decided to try this one. OMG! I am obsessed with this cookie, it is soooo good! I now double the recipe when we make it and freeze the dough, so that we always have them on hand, ready to pop in the oven. I have picked up real caramel chips to try next, and we have already done a round with peanut butter chips, sans kosher salt. This is a great all around chocolate cookie dough, they rise so nicely and stay perfectly soft and light.. the texture is second to none. I have even adjusted my chocolate chip cookie recipe to match, substituting flour for the cocoa, to get the same light, soft texture. Thanks so much for sharing! All I can say is BRAVO! Well Done!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Monday 25th of November 2019

Thank you so much for your lovely words, Jennifer! Your comment really made my day! I can't believe that I haven't tried these cookies with chips other than butterscotch. I need to try peanut butter chips the next time I make them.

Sopiya

Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Nice food. Thank you for sharing! I was hoping to change up our rotation of cookie recipes and to homemade.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Tuesday 8th of October 2019

You're welcome! Enjoy!

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