Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

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Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies are everything that gingerbread should be! Ditch the rock hard and brittle gingerbread for these soft and chewy cookies that will literally melt in your mouth. The butterscotch chips add the perfect hint of sweetness to make these cookies a new Christmas favorite!

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Gingerbread at Christmastime

Classic gingerbread that we know and love is a staple during the holidays. Gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, and ginger snaps are everywhere!

It’s hard not to love the gingerbread men off of Shrek and his gum drop buttons. I digress.

Gingerbread wasn’t always a sweet holiday treat. This article contends that it dates back to 2400 BC in Greece! Centuries upon centuries later once it had made its way through China and back to Europe, Queen Elizabeth I suggested decorating the cookies and Germans began building decorative houses out of it.

It’s fascinating to see how this beloved cookie trekked around the globe!

Next time you sit down with the family to build a gingerbread house or make these butterscotch gingerbread cookies, take a moment to read this informative article and learn about its rich history.

To be a recipe that’s lasted millenia, it MUST be a keeper.

Make it a Meal!

The name of the game here is WARMTH! Ginger and butterscotch are amazing complements to fall flavors like maple, apple, and cinnamon.




How to: Make Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

If you’ve never made gingerbread before, don’t be intimidated! These butterscotch gingerbread cookies come together so easily and will be out of the oven in under 15 minutes.

Start by preheating the oven to 350°F.

Using a large bowl or stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and smooth. Next, beat in the egg and molasses.

This was my first time using molasses and it is incredibly thick! Do your best to measure out ⅓ cup but don’t stress over it – a little more or little less won’t hurt.

Pro tip: as tempting as it may be, do not taste test the molasses before it is cooked unless you know you like it. It is VERY pungent and I am not a fan. But somehow baked into cookies it’s magical!

Mix your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Then pour into the wet mixture and stir until combined. Don’t forget to add in the butterscotch chips!

Roll the dough into 1 tbsp balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Make sure there is PLENTY of space between each ball of dough – I thought I had lots of space between them but they still ran together. This dough seems like it will spread as far as it can so try to keep at least 2 inches between each cookie.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned and no longer soft. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Enjoy warm with a glass of your preferred milk or coffee!

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Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies are everything that gingerbread should be! Soft and chewy with the sweet addition of butterscotch chips.
5 from 24 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, christmas, desserts


  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • cup molasses
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  • Additional sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat in the egg and molasses.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Pour into the wet mixture and stir to combine. Mix in the butterscotch chips.
  • Scoop out the dough in 1 tbsp portions. Roll into balls then roll in additional sugar until covered. Place on a lined cookie sheet leaving enough room for the dough to spread while baking.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Enjoy!
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45 thoughts on “Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies”

  1. I wish I had seen this when I made my round-up of butterscotch recipes. (Don’t worry I’m adding it to my post, but I’m sure it would have been a huge hit earlier on!)

    Thank you for sharing these delicious-looking recipe with us!

  2. 5 stars
    Molasses is a very popular ingredient in Jamaica 🇯🇲 baking. It’s a byproduct of sugar cane production. It’s very bitter- sweet. But as you said, it give baked products a nice flavor and texture. In 🇯🇲 it one of the main ingredients in Easter Bun. The Food Explora in me love your butterscotch gingerbread cookie recipe; could eat a dozen. 😋 😋

  3. 5 stars
    I normally am not a huge fan of gingerbread but I love butterscotch so I had to try these. They are so delicious with the butterscotch! The family loved them too, will be making these again for Christmas.

  4. These look so good. I love butterscotch and ginger especially in the winter. They’re such warm ingredients! Makes me want to snuggle in bed, light a scented candle, read a good book and have a munch!

  5. Oh my days, these look and sound absolutely delicious. I love the use of ginger this time of year and pairing that with butterscotch… yes please!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us lovely Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  6. Seriah Sargenton

    5 stars
    I love everything and anything gingerbread. Combining it with butterscotch was just the icing on the cake. Great recipe!

  7. I had no idea gingerbread was such an ancient recipe! These are absolutely perfect for a Holiday treat for friends and family. Now I just need to buy molasses! 🍪

    xo Alli |

  8. 5 stars
    These look delicious! Do you know if there’s a way to save molasses if they’ve hardened? I don’t know what happened to mine; maybe it was how I stored it or what, but it’s super sticky and hard now. I want to use that molasses to make these cookies. Thank you so much ☺️

  9. 5 stars
    I am going to brew up a batch of ginger beer for Christmas. Fortunately, I saw this.

    Santa is going to get a bottle of ginger beer and a plate of butterscotch gingerbread cookies this year.

  10. Ha, I follow Presotn on Twitter, and that’s how I came over here!
    Often ginger has a sharp little kick that I don’t like too much (once a year is fine) but I think the butterscotch may soften that. Good idea!
    And good excuse to eat more molasses. It’s the healthiet sweetener there is, but it doesn’t get much use in my cupboard!

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