Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies With Butterscotch Chips

Updated on March 1, 2019
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I love baking of all types: cakes, biscuits, donuts, cookies, pies, bread, muffins, and much more!

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies with butterscotch chips.
Fresh baked peanut butter cookies with butterscotch chips.
They are so delicious!
They are so delicious!

Cookies Are a Tasty Treat

Cookies are a favorite treat for my husband and me while we watch movies at home. We like having them with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. Last time, I also made peanut butter cookies, but they were soft and chewy, as per my husband's request. This time, however, I decided to make them crispy because I love hearing the crispy sounds once I bite into them.

These cookies are super easy to make as the ingredients are very similar to the standard peanut butter cookie recipe. But this recipe has a twist. My husband asked me to use butterscotch chips in the batter. Honestly, I had never used butterscotch chips before, but hey, I was up for the challenge.

Creamy vs. Chunky

In terms of the peanut butter, I prefer to use the creamy kind in order to get a smoother texture in my cookies. Honestly, if you use the chunky kind, I'm sure that that would work well, too. I decided to the cut amount of peanut butter used in the batter by half because peanut butter contains some oil.

If you want a chewier cookie, all you have to do is use white sugar instead of dark brown sugar. Brown sugar contains molasses, which adds moisture. Also, because it's slightly acidic, it causes the proteins in cookie dough to firm up faster, creating a chewier texture.

Easy Recipe: A Perfect Snack for Your Family

Peanut butter cookies with butterscotch chips are super easy to make. One thing I like about making these cookies is that you don't need a cookie cutter; all you need to shape the cookies are your hands or a spoon. What matters is the taste, not the shape!

The butterscotch chips bring a sweet and vanilla flavor to the cookie. By the way, make sure to keep the cookies inside an airtight container to preserve the crispiness. If you prefer your cookies to be chewy or soft, all you have to do is bake them in under 15 minutes. I hope you will try this recipe. I hope you and your family will enjoy them as much as we do!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 to 60 minutes (including bake time)

Serves: 25 to 30 cookies (depending on size)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips for mixture and topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the baking sheet).
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and egg. Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until they are well combined.
  5. Add the peanut butter into the mixture and beat until it is well combined.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Continue mixing at a lower speed, but do not over-mix.
  7. Stir in about 2/3 cup of the butterscotch chips (reserving the rest for topping the cookies).
  8. Transfer the mixture onto a baking mat and use your hands to shape it into a dough.
  9. Cover the dough with cling wrap and chill it in the fridge for 45 minutes.
  10. Shape the dough into balls (I use my hands), and place each ball a couple of inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  11. Press a few of remaining butterscotch chips on top of each dough ball.
  12. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are light golden brown but the center is still slightly underdone.
  13. Place the cookies on wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough until all cookies are baked.

Photo Tutorial

The principal ingredients for this recipe.
The principal ingredients for this recipe.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and egg.
In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and egg.
Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until they are well combined.
Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until they are well combined.
Add the peanut butter into the mixture.
Add the peanut butter into the mixture.
Continue beating the mixture until it's all combined.
Continue beating the mixture until it's all combined.
Gradually add the flour mixture into the wet mixture.
Gradually add the flour mixture into the wet mixture.
Continue mixing at a lower speed, but do not over-mix.
Continue mixing at a lower speed, but do not over-mix.
Transfer the mixture onto a baking mat and use your hands to shape it into a dough.
Transfer the mixture onto a baking mat and use your hands to shape it into a dough.
Cover the dough with cling wrap and chill in the fridge.
Cover the dough with cling wrap and chill in the fridge.
Shape the dough into equal-sized balls.
Shape the dough into equal-sized balls.
Place the balls a couple of inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Place the balls a couple of inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake cookies until they turn golden brown.
Bake cookies until they turn golden brown.
Cool them completely on a wire rack.
Cool them completely on a wire rack.

Questions & Answers

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      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        2 weeks ago from Herriman,UT

        Thank you, Liz. They were delicious. My husband brought a jar to work and finished it during his meeting. Lol.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

        The step by step visual guide is really helpful. These sound very tasty.

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        2 weeks ago from Herriman,UT

        Hi Linda,

        it was my first time making these cookies but, the result was pretty amazing. The flavor from the butterscotch chips matched with the peanut butter so well. Thanks for commenting, have a lovely day ahead.

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        2 weeks ago from Herriman,UT

        Hi Rachel, thanks for your lovely comment. The cookies were yummy! I bet your family would love them, Rachel. Have a great day!

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        2 weeks ago from Herriman,UT

        Hi Ann, thanks for commenting. Yea, salt is used to enhance the flavor. I hope you will try this recipe because they were so yummy! Have a great day ahead.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love the thought of peanut butter cookies containing butterscotch chips. What a delicious treat. As always, your recipe sounds great.

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        Rachel Alba 

        2 weeks ago

        Hi Liza, These butterscotch cookies look delicious. I know my family would love them. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

        Blessings to you.

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        Ann810 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Cali

        Wow, it seems your good at baking these cookies. You added salt to the cookie recipe, yumm. I will remember this recipe next time I make Peanut Butter Cookies. Thanks

      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        3 weeks ago from Herriman,UT

        Hi Kirsten, thanks for your lovely comment. I hope you will try these yummy cookies and yes a whisk should work just fine. Make sure the butter in the room temperature. Thanks for stopping by!

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        Kristen Howe 

        3 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio

        This looks delicious. I would love to try it this spring, though I don't have a mixer. Would a whisk do? I think I meant I'm up for the challenge and not I up. Yummy hub!

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