Pumpkin Scotchies

These Pumpkin Scotchies are a twist on your classic oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Full of fall spices these cookies smell like a dream while you bake them.

I’m sorry that I haven’t been blogging lately. Sometimes life takes over…as it should. I only blog when my kids are sleeping and there hasn’t been a lot of that going on. My baby turned 3 weeks old yesterday and I’m still in the newborn fog where the days blend together and the nights seem never-ending. Sometimes when the morning comes and the sky becomes light it’s almost a relief because then I can stop “trying” to sleep. I usually hit a wall about one month after having a baby. The adrenaline has died down by then and all that’s left are fumes. If you see me rocking in the corner mumbling to myself next week, you’ll know why.

It sounds like I’m complaining. Sorry.

I’m so grateful to have my baby girl and I know that the exhaustion is only temporary. Baking makes me feel like myself again. Me, Pandora, and baking is my happy place.

My last few attempts at baking fall treats haven’t been successful but these cookies were a hit. Even my kids, who have seen enough cookies and cupcakes to send them to therapy, said these were REALLY good.

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oatmeal scotchie but my only complaint is that they’re always dry. Adding pumpkin solves this problem and the result is an incredibly moist cookie with a slight pumpkin flavor. I found the batter to the original recipe to be entirely too wet and had to add a significant amount of flour to make them into any cookie form. I added some pumpkin pie spice too to up the pumpkin flavor.Pumpkin Butterscotch Coookies | The Girl Who Ate Everything

Pumpkin Scotchies

Yield: 4 dozen

Pumpkin Scotchies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 (11 ounce) package butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Batter will be wet. For thicker cookies, chill cookie dough in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheets. A cookie scoop works great here because the batter is on the wet side. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes for chewy cookies or 9 to 11 minutes for crisp cookies.
  3. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 2 minutes before you remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. It's best to not store cookies in an airtight container. Pumpkin recipes tend to get "wet" as they sit and it's better to let them breathe.

Notes

Source: adapted from Just a Pinch

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  1. Oooo these look amazing and I think I have a can of pumpkin in my pantry. :-)
    My little one just turned 5 weeks old so I know what you mean about trying to blog in between free time along with all of the other stuff that you have/need to do. :-)
    britspolkadotlife.blogspot.com

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Britney,
      Yes! I feel as soon as I try to do something she wakes up. I feel like I can barely shower. Oh well.

  2. I just made some pumpkin cookies with butterscotch and I love the combo! Love your green photo board too:)

  3. I applaud you having the energy to bake, let alone blog. Lol. And I really do love your posts on Facebook. Thank you and congrats on the new little one…and to you as well Britney.

  4. Oh girl, I totally get what you mean. I couldn’t even THINK about blogging for a good month…it’s so hard when you go that long without sleep. Wish I could come rock that baby while you took a long nap.

    (Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are my favorite, and these look absolutely perfect)

  5. You just took my favorite cookie and made them a million times better… So excited to try these!!

  6. How long did you bake yours? They look perfect! I always have a problem with cookies crumbling when I store them if they are too soft.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I actually baked mine for 10 minutes but mine were probably a little bit bigger than a rounded tablespoon.

  7. Wow, these look so good. I LOVE anything butterscotch. Can’t wait to try these out!

  8. Ohhh this looks delicious! I’m all about pumpkin and spicy anything during the fall :D

  9. Irma Camorlinga says:

    Hi Christy,
    About 2 years ago, we decided to foster 4 children ages 5 months, 19 months, 3 1/2 yrs, and a 7 year old. We went from no children to 4!! For the first two weeks, I cried in the shower…I felt so overwhelmed, scared, tired, exhausted, unsure, etc. So, I totally feel you about the new baby girl :) you’re not alone and it’s ok to share what you’re going through! Those who have been there know you are NOT complaining! I totally laughed out loud about the rocking in the corner comment! This too shall pass! You have an AWESOME page and I love it! Take care, by the way, these cookies look the bomb and I’m trying them TODAY!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Irma,
      Wow! You are a saint. I can only imagine how overwhelming that would be. I almost wrote “This too shall pass” in my post. We think alike.

  10. These sound soooo good! I love cookies like this!

  11. Bless you, I’m in awe of the fact that you are blogging at all in this newborn period. I will think of you when I make these pumpkin scotchies and pray at least 4 straight hours of sleep are in your not so distant future. Thank you so much for continuing to share these yummy recipes with your readers!

  12. These look divine! I just love how pumpkin makes everything so moist. And I really wish there were more desserts out there that used butterscotch chips. They are so good!

  13. You are not complaining. You are stating facts about what REAL life is like with a newborn, and it IS exhausting! Great job baking and blogging about it! These cookies look amazing. I can’t wait to try them.

  14. Oatmeal Scotchies are one of my favorite cookies ever. I will be making these ASAP, I especially love the added pumpkin!

    Baking is my happy place too…..hang in there girl, you’re a good momma.

  15. Me, as well as the others realize and understand your situation when you have little ones. Babies do keep a person busy but at the same time they are such a joy.
    Your cookies look Amazing and so yummy looking.
    Thanks 4 the recipe. Will be making these for sure.
    Have a great day
    ColleenB.

  16. Mmm, those look good! I’m always iffy on butterscotch chips in things, but I would love to try it with pumpkin!!

    My son is 17 months, and I definitely remember the newborn fog… you don’t need to apologize for not blogging, anyone with children remembers those days!!

  17. Love that added pumpkin to oatmeal scotchies! So good!

  18. Christy,
    I love your blog and your recipes! This was yet another that made me go , “well duh, of course one should add pumpkin to scotchies – it just makes So Much Sense!!!” Congrats on the baby – I echo what other have said and am impressed that you can blog, have a newborn, plus all your other kids, etc. I only have 2 and I don’t usually know where my day went. But I think I will try to squeeze some time in for these this weekend!

  19. These look super yummy! I have a close recipe for pumpkin butterscotch cookies that I love.

  20. I am now a granny to a gorgeous 4.3/4 yr old little girl, but certainly remember those awful sleepless nights with my own kids, and busy days – trying to do tons of things when the babes are asleep. It does seem like it will go on for ever, but as you know, it doesn’t. However, do try and get as much R & R as you can. Your recipes are lovely, and will definitely be trying out the Pumpkin Scotchies for Halloween :)
    Shirl R.

  21. I made these today. They are okay but not great. Needed more than 1 tsp pumpkin spice I think. My husband liked them. Probably won’t make them again. A little on the bland side.

  22. Those first weeks are always the hardest!! But these cookies? I’d be munching on them during that 3am feeding! ;)

  23. Could I use a can of pumpkin pie instead of the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice or is it better separate? Where should I look for pumpkin pie spice?

  24. What a great idea to add pumpkin to oatmeal scotchies! A perfect pairing. :) Thinking of you in this newborn period – so so tough! Hope you get enough rest to be able to enjoy this time :)

  25. Ok, these are the best cookies EVER. And I don’t know how you do it – but I have a 3.5 year old and 11 month old, and I can only accomplish anything during naptime…which sometimes is at the same time….

  26. So I have to tell you that you have full range to complain right now. I have two kids myself and I have to tell you that I hate the 1st month because of the exhaustion. I can’t do it. I would love to have more kids, but if they could come out sleeping through the night. You are almost there…hang in there. When do your kids normally start sleeping through the night? Oh yea the cookies look delicious. I am going to make them this week. Thank YOU! Now go get some rest and don’t worry about blogging!!! :)

  27. I made these last night…LOVE them and so did my neighbors and co-workers!
    Thank you!!!

  28. These look so good! I want to try them and wondered about the pumpkin puree. I wanted to get a couple more pumpkins to make more baked pumpkin seeds since my girls love them, me too. Can I just bled up some fresh pumpkin in my food processor? And I’m glad you are finally returning to the world after having a baby! It just takes some time to get back into a groove again!

  29. It seems like have been wanting to make these forever. I finally made them today for our school bake sale tomorrow. Usually I prefer my cookies slightly underdone but I accidentally left my second batch in the oven too long and I have to say, I think I prefer them. They are a little darker color and are almost a little caramelized…? Not sure that’s the right word but these are delish! Thank you for such wonderful recipes! I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.

  30. Thank you Christy. I love schotchies. Take a deep breath or two and some time just for yourself.

  31. These look AWESOME! this calls for some Sunday baking- do u use salted or unsalted butter?