On the back of the package of butterscotch chips, there is a recipe for Oatmeal Scotchies. While I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I am a sucker for butterscotch. I blame my dad for this. He got me hooked on Brach’s butterscotch discs. And butterscotch sundaes. And butterscotch pudding. Mmm, pudding. I had the best butterscotch pudding last week when Dan and I went to dinner at Bella Luna in Half Moon Bay. The gnocchi was good, but the Ghiradelli butterscotch pudding was… well… it took all of my strength not to lick the bowl clean.
I decided to take the oatmeal scotchies recipe and update it for fall. Plus I’ve been looking for things to pumpkinate (It was either pumpkinate or pumpkinize but I decided pumpkinate was better. I am the Pumpkinator. hehe). One of the great things about pumpkinating this recipe is it made it lighter — as in less fat. Woah. Who knew? I cut the butter and eggs in half and added 1 cup of pumpkin puree in its place. Though from the taste you wouldn’t guess it had any less butter.
Pumpkinate something today.
1 1/4 cup cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 2/3 cups (11-ounce package) butterscotch chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until fluffly. Add egg and vanilla extract. Then add pumpkin. Mix until well combined.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon (or with a cookie scooper) onto ungreased baking sheets (I like to line my baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper to make cleanup easier).
- Bake for 10 to 14 minutes (it took 12 minutes in my oven but you should check them around 10 minutes to be safe).
- Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.