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Schrafft's Butterscotch Cookies

This recipe for delicious butterscotch cookies is courtesy of Judith Jones.

  • Yield: Makes about 30 cookies
Schrafft's Butterscotch Cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2007


  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg, dry milk, and vanilla.

  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer running, slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Fold in pecans.

  4. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Lightly flour your fingers and press each piece of batter into a 3-inch circle.

  5. Transfer to oven and bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Reviews (31)

  • shazzz 23 Feb, 2013

    My gran would take me to Schrafft's when I was little Hot Chocolate and a plate of Sugar Cookies....amazing the memories a recipe can bring alive.

  • gkhassler 19 Jun, 2011

    Excellent recipe! I don't think there are enough butterscotch recipes out there!

  • yumtum 13 Jan, 2010

    Is this from the NYC Schraff's ?

  • AnniePortChar 13 Jan, 2010

    Is this recipe from the Schrafft's restaurants that were in NYC???

  • smd1227 13 Jan, 2010

    jcvchef: Just add the dry powder to the dough. See step 2. I hope you like them as much as my family did.

  • jcvchef 13 Jan, 2010

    Is the non-fat dry milk in it's powder form or made into a liquid?

  • Delphine61 17 Feb, 2009

    I made these with 6 T butter and 8 T butter-flavored shortening (0 trans fat), because we're low on butter, and on impulse (I'll probably be banned from the site for this) substituted "Imitation Vanilla, Butter

  • kmgafill_sbcglobal_net 16 Feb, 2009

    Great cookie! Even my husband the cookie snob loves these!

  • BetsyB 30 Jan, 2009

    This cookie is good , not too greasy . I didnt flatten them down very much , because I like chewy cookies better. I used a wisk to sift the flour - heard that somewhere - I dont like sifting ! this recipe is a keeper!

  • bubbleburster 28 Jan, 2009

    Listen up! I used 2 sticks of margarine- regular with the salt AND regular liquid milk AND it came out JUST FINE. No need to complicate here! And yes, I added the
    1/2 tsp salt as well. No I did not flour my hands they were too busy eating the
    yummy cookie dough! Oh and I added butterscotch chips not on the list.
    This recipe is WONDERFUL and SOO EASY w/ practical ingredients- I LOVE IT!
    Thank You!!!

  • bowz 27 Jan, 2009

    Very good, may try less butter. a little greasy

  • mykele 23 Jan, 2009

    Someone asked about the "sifter" that was used on t he show.......
    It is merely a fine mesh sieve..............most of us have a sieve
    in our kitchens. You do not have to buy a sifter.

  • ohbrustin 23 Jan, 2009

    sdasgupta- If you have a coop or other type of store where you can buy things in bulk, you can buy as much or as little as you need. I just picked-up about a cup at our coop because I didn't want to spend $9 on a box.

  • LuluParis 23 Jan, 2009

    Oh my gosh, thse look so yummy! I can't wait to try these and I think they'd be good to ship off to friends far away.

  • MichelleandCaden 23 Jan, 2009

    Where can you buy a sifter like Martha uses on her show? I'm tired of sifting sugar in the small crank sifter I have. It takes a lot of time and is very messy.

  • primadiana 23 Jan, 2009

    sdasgupta- I've used non dairy powder creamer that you use in your coffee in baking and it worked well. I keep a box of dry milk for all my baking. Such as cakes that ask for water I toss in the powder milk.. or use it making anything that asks for milk. Mash tators.. cream sauces.. etc! I hope I helped.

  • sdasgupta 23 Jan, 2009

    Is there a substitute for dry milk? I've been wanting to try this recipe but find it
    such a waste to buy a large box of dry milk for just 2 tablespoons. Any suggestions?

  • LINDACOOKIEJAR 23 Jan, 2009

    Elizabethhaire, Have you checked the pie recipe on She cooks for Lord

  • dashboardfan 21 Jul, 2008

    these are fantastic cookies that turn out really well and they are so easy to make!

  • LadyGator 19 Dec, 2007

    Everyone LOVES these cookies! They are very easy and make wonderful holiday treats! I will definitely pass-down this recipe to my future children! Thank you for sharing :)

  • vsquared 19 Dec, 2007

    These cookies are delicious. They're thin and crispy and don't take too many ingredients. I made 12 dozen for my annual cookie exchange and they were a big hit. Be sure you flatten them out pretty well. I didn't flatten the first pan enough and they were chewy instead of crispy.

  • maggansmail 15 Dec, 2007

    I like this cockie!! instead of peckan i used almond..
    I whish you a very merry cristmas!! hugs from Maggan in Sweden

  • hananielsgirl 14 Dec, 2007

    Yummy, awesome cookie!
    Eask and quick to make, they taste great.
    I'm eating one now!

  • kingscrown 14 Dec, 2007

    This a really good cookie and easy to make I'd highly recommend you give it a try.

  • witherodcourt 11 Dec, 2007

    This is a delicious cookie and one of my favorites already! Kids, grandkids, neighbors and sisters all raved about these. And they're so easy to make!

  • chefsfolly 10 Dec, 2007

    Nonfat dry milk is usually located in the baking section of your grocery beside evaporated milk and/or sweetened condensed milk.

    These cookies are FABULOUS!! They are light and taste just like butterscotch. Plus, they are quick and easy to make. If you use the "heaping tablespoon", the recipe will make about 40 cookies. YUM!

    Happy Baking!

  • michellechang 10 Dec, 2007

    I'd love to try this recipe. But i also can't find a non fat dry milk. What is a better alternative for this?

  • lrusmiselle 7 Dec, 2007

    I do not have dry milk, can use just regular milk and if so how much? I can't wait to try this recipe

  • Elizabethhaire 6 Dec, 2007

    If merory serves Schrafft's was a fun restaurant with great desserts and ice cream in NYC. Now if someone can come up with the recipe for apple crumb pie from the Bird Cage Restaurant at Lord and Taylors, my Christmas wish will be fulfilled!

  • Brookie5303 6 Dec, 2007

    I baked these cookies today after seeing them on the show. They are wonderful! So easy to make. Thank you so much for the recipe

  • craftyguider 6 Dec, 2007

    I was flipping channels on Tuesday and starting watching Martha just when she was making these cookies. They are the best I have ever had or made. My whole family loves tham also.
    What is a Schrafft?

    Colleen from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

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