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No Bake Butterscotch Cookies

With only 3 simple ingredients these easy Butterscotch No Bake Cookies are so quick to put together. Sometimes I just don’t have time to bake desserts so this is a great recipe for a delicious alternative.

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These cookies are very similar to butterscotch haystacks with the sweet and savory flavors of butterscotch and peanut butter.

This is a yummy fall dessert and a cross between a candy and a cookie. You will love the ease of making these no bake cookies – only 3 ingredients and 15-20 minutes of prep time.

If you are planning a cookie baking day for the holidays, these are a great addition since they will not take up any oven space!

No Bake butterscotch Cookies are perfect for potlucks, holiday parties and your next cookie exchange. These delicious cookies are a crowd pleaser for both adults and children.

So versatile you can substitute a number of different ingredients. Check out my “tips for no leftovers” for ways to mix up the flavors of this recipe.

Check out my other easy cookie recipes. I love these crockpot peanut clusters, these easy haystack cookies, and these avalanche cookies.

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Ingredients Needed

Butterscotch chips – Also known as butterscotch morsels.

Peanut Butter – I use creamy peanut butter for this recipe but you could try crunchy peanut butter for a nuttier cookie.

Corn Flakes cereal – You could play with the cereal ingredient – perhaps Rice Krispies or Special K.

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How To Make Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

First: Place corn flakes cereal in a large bowl. Set aside. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Second: In a saucepan, over low heat, melt butterscotch chips and creamy peanut butter. Stir to mix completely.

Remove from heat and pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal. Gently stir to coat.

Third: Using a scoop or large spoons, scoop 2 inch mounds onto a parchment-lines baking sheet. Continue until the mixture is gone.

Fourth: Chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes or until firm. Store or enjoy.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Where did butterscotch originate?

It is thought that butterscotch was first named in 1817 in Doncaster, England.

The candy maker Samuel Parkinson first named the candy “buttery brittle toffee” and it was later renamed butterscotch.

What is the difference between butterscotch and caramel?

Butterscotch is similar to caramel as they both are created by slowly heating sugar and butter together.

However, butterscotch uses brown sugar instead of white and the molasses in the brown sugar creates that deep, rich flavor of butterscotch.

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Can I make these into bars?

Instead of making individual cookies, you can press these into a pan and turn them into bars. Use a tablespoon of unsalted butter to grease the pan before pressing in the mixture.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Store in an airtight container either chilled or at room temperature for up to a week.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make evenly sized cookies.
  • You can try different kinds of cereal such as Rice Krispies or Chex. Popcorn would be fun to try! Chow Mein noodles would result in more traditional haystack cookies.
  • For an extra boost of sweetness you could add a cup of mini marshmallows to the peanut butter mixture.
  • Mix in a teaspoon of vanilla extract for more flavor. Shredded coconut would also be a fun addition.
  • A drizzle of chocolate over the top of each cookie would bring it to the next level.
  • Top with fun and festive sprinkles for the holidays or other celebrations.
  • Peanut Butter Variation – Switch out the butterscotch chips for peanut butter chips and you will have an extra peanut-buttery treat.
  • Use silicone baking mat or wax paper on the cookie sheet for easy cleanup.

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Need a quick sweet treat? Try Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies. With this easy recipe you can whip up this no bake cookie recipe in no time! 

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No Bake Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

With only 3 simple ingredients these easy Butterscotch No Bake Cookies are so quick to put together. Sometimes I just don’t have time to bake desserts so this is a great recipe for a delicious alternative.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups Corn Flakes cereal

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butterscotch chips and peanut butter.
  2. Place cereal in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the butterscotch mixture over the cereal and gently stir. Be careful not to crush the cereal flakes.
  4. Scoop or spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheets forming little mounds of cookies. Alternatively, you can flatten them slightly to make a more "cookie-like" shape.
  5. Continue until all the mixture is used.
  6. Transfer the cookie sheet to a fridge to allow the cookies to chill and set up.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container either chilled or at room temperature for up to a week.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make evenly sized cookies.
  • You can try different kinds of cereal such as Rice Krispies or Chex. Popcorn would be fun to try! Chow Mein noodles would result in more traditional haystack cookies.
  • For an extra boost of sweetness you could add a cup of mini marshmallows to the peanut butter mixture.
  • Mix in a teaspoon of vanilla extract for more flavor. Shredded coconut would also be a fun addition.
  • A drizzle of chocolate over the top of each cookie would bring it to the next level.
  • Top with fun and festive sprinkles for the holidays or other celebrations.
  • Peanut Butter Variation - Switch out the butterscotch chips for peanut butter chips and you will have an extra peanut-buttery treat.
  • Use silicone baking mat or wax paper on the cookie sheet for easy cleanup.

Recipe adapted from Savory Experiments.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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San

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Yum. These sound so good. I know them just with chocolate coating, but butterscotch sounds delightful.

Erin

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

I am OBSESSED with these easy no bake cookies! They're a delicious combination of flavors and also perfect when you need something ready FAST for last minute guests. My entire family adores them.

Thank you so much for participating in this year's Sweetest Season! I am always blown away with the recipes shared and the generosity of its participants. Thank you for making this event such a success. I hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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