Mom's Butterscotch Cookies

Sunday 27 January 2019

As I write this (Saturday) it is the day of my mother's funeral. I wanted to bake something in my mom's memory today and the first thing which came to mind was these fabulous Butterscotch Cookies.

My mother used to bake these for us all the time when I was a child, either these or her soft molasses cookies.  I've just realised that I don't have that recipe on here either, so I will have to bake them soon to share with you. 

To be honest when we were kids we were not overly fond of these.  We kind of took them for granted and not the treat that they were.  We wanted cream stuffed store bought cookies . . .  from the Keebler Elves, baked in a tree.  We were not mature enough to appreciate the finer qualities and value of homemade goodies as opposed to store bought.  (We liked frozen chicken pot pies for crying out loud, and Frozen TV dinners!  😝)

Actually we did enjoy these, we never turned them down  . . .  and my favourite ones were the ones that had lumps of brown sugar in them that hadn't quite gotten mixed totally into the dough.  They ended up like little bits of butterescotch candy.  Bonus!

These are refrigerator, slice and bake cookies.  You make the dough and shape it into a log and then chill it overnight, ready to slice and bake as you need. Fresh baked cookies on call!

Flavoured with vanilla and brown sugar . . .  nothing more . . . I used Muscovado brown sugar this time and I like them even more.  (Muscovado brown sugar is a less refined brown sugar.)

They do use white vegetable fat . . .  something like Crisco, Tenderflake, Trex, White Flora or the like.  I have never made them with butter so I don't know how they would work with butter.  I've always just used the white vegetable fat. I am not a snob that way.

I don't bake things like this often enough to be worried about any ill effects from using white vegetable fat. There are plenty of other things to worry about.

These are  lovely and crisp . . .

See that lovely little lump of brown sugar there  . . .  that's mine!

Crisp and  perfectly dunkable  . . .

Equally at home with a hot cuppa as they are with a tall cold glass of milk! 

 Mom's Butterscotch Cookies 

They are delicious.  I suspect they were a family recipe and one that my grandmother used to make for my mother, although in those days they would have used either lard or rendered bacon fat . . .

For me they are a lovely bit of delicious nostalgia and a fitting remembrance of  a mother who loves us enough to bake us cookies from scratch, even if they were not always appreciated. 

Yield: 5 dozen

Mom's Butterscotch Cookies

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These cookies were not our favourites when we were growing up.   Oddly enough,  I love them now and feel very nostalgic when I bake them.  They're actually quite delicious!  I cringe to think that as a child I preferred a store bought sandwich cookie to these delights!


  • 110g of white vegetable shortening (1/2 cup)
  • 200g soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 245g of flour (1 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Cream the shortening and sugar together. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Sift the flour, soda and salt together and stir this into the creamed mixture until well combined. Shape into a log 2 1/2 inches across. Wrap well in wax paper or greaseproof paper and chill in the refrigerator overnight or until firm.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190*C.375*F/gas mark 5. Cut into 1/8 inch thick slices. Place on un-greased baking sheets, leaving space in between for spreading. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly golden brown. Store in an airtight container.
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See how crisp they are?  Luvelly jubbly! 

They are also Grace approved!  Ariana stopped by for a short visit and let Grace have one.  I sent a bag full home with her.  My Mum would have approved of that.  Home baked Cookies = Love = Joy shared. 

I love you mum.  I can feel your love for us in every bite.


  1. I'm very sorry for the loss of your mother. I think you will feel her love every time you make one of her recipes or things she liked. Mine's gone 30 years but I still think about her.

    1. I don't think we ever forget our mums Rccola. They are huge in the scheme of things,huge. Thanks. xoxo

  2. Marie, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I could feel your love for her in in your post. I think I'll make these this week and I'll be thinking of you. Wishing you many happy memories.

    1. I hope that you like them Sue. Thanks so much! xoxo

  3. My mum passed away 28/12 and I felt so sad for you when you said you had lost your mum, because I knew the pain you would be feeling. The biscuits sound lovely- were it not for the fact that I have a batch of Scottish semolina shortbread in the oven right now, I would make them. I will definitely make them this week though. Take care.

    1. Thanks very much Elizabeth. I am so sorry for your loss of your mother also. There is no pain like it I don't believe. Scottish semolina shortbread. I am intrigued and on the search now for a recipe. I adore shortbread of any kind! xoxo

  4. They look perfectamundo!Hi Grace♥
    You will treasure every memory of your mom's recipes♥Always.

  5. Your mother sounds like a lovely lady and it's clear you take after her. The thoughts you've shared are a moving tribute. I'll make these cookies in her honor.

    1. Thanks so much. I really hope that you enjoy them! xo

  6. I am so sorry to hear the news about your Mum. I send my heartfelt condolences.

  7. This is a wonderful way to celebrate your mom's life and keeping her "alive" through her recipes. These sound delish but then I am a real sucker for butterscotch. Don't have white fat here (in the house) but I do have butter so maybe I'll give these a try during our Polar Vortex. When it's this cold, you want to bake!

    Big Hugs. (Grace is adorable!)

    1. Thanks Jeanie! You are right about the cold and baking. I have been wanting cake, so last night I baked a cake. Grace is a real cutie pie. xo

  8. I have made this cookies. I love them for their crunchiness. I usually have it with a coffee or a tea.

    1. Thanks Braddie! They are lovely aren't they!


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