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Butterscotch Toffee Cookies

This easy Butterscotch Toffee Cookies recipe may be the best flavor of cookies you’ve ever tasted. They are simple enough to whip up anytime you’re in the mood for a wonderful treat. 

butterscotch toffee cookies stacked on a wire rack

Butterscotch toffee cookies

I know how much you love my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Well, I took that same recipe and made a few adjustments. And I added butterscotch chips and chocolate toffee bits.

This resulted in the chewiest butterscotch toffee cookie. It’s pure cookie satisfaction!

I started with my chocolate chip cookie base. I’m using all of the same ingredients, just different amounts and the addition of cornstarch. The cornstarch made these cookies extra soft while the added egg yolk added chewiness. The perfect combination.

There are so many ways to jazz up this cookie base! I've made granola cookies and chocolate apricot chunk cookies using this same recipe as a base.

butterscotch toffee cookies spread out on a wire rack

Don't forget to chill the cookie dough

Since this recipe calls for melted butter, it is important to chill the dough.

Chilling the dough will keep the cookies from spreading too much. The cookie dough should be refrigerated for no less than 2 hours. If you don’t have the time to wait for the dough to chill then prepare the dough the night before.

You can even go ahead and roll the cookies out. Place the cookie balls on your baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap, and then pop them in the refrigerator. All you will have to do the next day is to transfer the cookies to the oven and wait 12 minutes for them to bake.

It is always best to slightly underbake cookies. The edges should be set while the centers will still be soft. As the cookies cool, they will continue to set resulting in a fabulously chewy center.

The cookies will stay soft for several days. My husband took them to work and they literally disappeared. They were that good!

four and a half butterscotch toffee cookies stacked on a wire rack

How to make butterscotch toffee cookies

Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients

Make sure to measure the flour correctly. You can lightly spoon it into a measuring cup then level it with the back of a knife or weigh it.

Whisk the flour with the other dry ingredients together in a bowl.

dry ingredients for butterscotch toffee cookies in a glass bowl

Step 2: Combine the wet ingredients

Whisk all the wet ingredients together in a bowl until it's well combined.

wet ingredients for butterscotch toffee cookies combined in a glass bowl

Step 3: Combine the wet and dry ingredients

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold them together with a silicone spatula until it's well combined.

wet and dry ingredients for cookie dough in a glass bowl
cookie dough in a glass bowl

Step 4: Add the butterscotch and toffee pieces

Fold the toffee pieces and butterscotch into the dough. There is a lot of toffee so keep folding the dough with a silicone spatula until it's all mixed in.

butterscotch chips and chocolate toffee pieces added to cookie dough in a glass bowl
butterscotch toffee cookie dough in a glass bowl

Step 5: Chill the dough then bake the cookies

The dough is made with melted butter so it needs to be refrigerated for at least 2 hours or the cookies will spread too much.

Roll the chilled dough into 1 and ½ tablespoon-sized balls then bake for 10-12 minutes in a 350°F oven.

butterscotch toffee cookie dough balls on a baking sheet
butterscotch toffee cookie broken in half on a white background

Tips for this butterscotch toffee cookie recipe

  • I used chocolate toffee pieces but you can go with plain toffee piece if you'd like.
  • Chill the dough for at least two hours or overnight. If you refrigerate the dough overnight, bring it to room temperature before you shape it. Otherwise, it will be too hard to scoop out.
  • Avoid scooping the flour out with the measuring cup. Either lightly spoon the flour into a measuring cup or weigh it to be sure you are using the correct amount.

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butterscotch toffee cookies stacked on a wire rack

Butterscotch Toffee Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

This easy Butterscotch Toffee Cookies recipe may be the best cookies you’ve ever tasted. They are simple enough to whip up anytime.


  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (234 g) chocolate toffee pieces
  • 1 cup (170 g) butterscotch chips


  1. Combine the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt; stir with a whisk. Set aside.
  2. Combine melted butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk until the mixture is smooth and free of clumps. Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. 
  3. Add the flour mixture and stir just until well blended. Fold in the chocolate toffee pieces and butterscotch chips.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350ºF degrees. Roll cookie dough into 1.5 tablespoons sized balls and place them 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. 
  6. Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until lightly brown and just underdone. Cool the cookies on the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.


Make ahead tip

  1. The cookies will keep for up to one week stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
  2. The dough can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bring the dough to room temperature and continue with step 6.
  3. Freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Freeze unbaked cookie dough balls for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature and bake as directed

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Sunday 12th of September 2021

This is my favourite cookie recipe. I use it as a base for other types as well. Thank you!

Cathy Lynn

Sunday 15th of August 2021

Would it mess up the recipe to mix with the paddle attachment of the kitchen aid mixer?

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Nope. That's the preferred attachment if using a stand mixer.


Tuesday 27th of April 2021

After I chill the dough for 2 hrs do I roll and bake the cookies right out of the fridge?

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Yes, that's perfectly fine to do. If the dough is too stiff to scoop, let it sit for a few minutes to soften.


Monday 29th of June 2020

These cookies are perfectly fabulous! I should have read the tips about bringing dough to room temp after chilling but I Was able to scoop them with an open ice cream scoop.


Monday 1st of June 2020

How to make this eggless?

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Unfortunately, this recipe requires eggs.

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