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Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies


So sorry for the lack of posts last week! Things have been super crazy over here, but in a good way.

Lots of good things happening over here, and not the least of which…

My little brother got married this weekend! I was fortunate enough to be able to fly out and attend the wedding (have you guys seen the cost of plane tickets?!?!), and spent all weekend hanging out with my entire family– which hardly ever happens these days.

In keeping with my goal to express my gratitude for one thing I’m grateful for in every post I write this month, today I’m grateful for: my siblings.

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you, but I’m the oldest of 6 kids.

And I absolutely love it. Especially now that we’re all old enough to be more friends than siblings. And it just gets better and better as we add new in-laws to the mix. I’m completely in love with both of my sisters-in-law.

Fingers crossed the last three manage to do just as well ;) .

Best sibling news of all? The newlyweds are moving to our town in January and attending the same college as my husband!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are!! [read: free BABYSITTERS]

I can still get away with saying stuff like that since neither of them read the blog… yet. I imagine that’ll change  come January when I’m daily forcing Something Swanky down their throats in person.

And I am kidding about only wanting them nearby for their babysitting services. The truth is I’ve been desperate to have a little family close to me for ages, and this is a dream I never dared to hope would come true! I’m so grateful to have such amazing siblings as my best friends. And I’m even more grateful that I’ll have some just minutes down the road finally!

Happy Honeymooning Keaton and Lillian! We’re excited to have you home SOON!

I think I’ve mentioned before that this particular brother loves Scotcheroos. So these cookies are my virtual wedding gift and a promise to make a big batch for them when they’re settled in VA with us (I figured you guys would rather have cookies than the cash, right?)!!

Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies


  • 1/2 c butter or margarine
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 2 c butterscotch chips
  • 2 cups melting chocolate*


  1. Beat together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well in between additions.
  2. Add vanilla, baking soda, and flour, and mix well.
  3. Mix in butterscotch chips.
  4. Bake at 375º for 9-10 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the middle is set.
  5. Let cool on the cookie sheet before removing to wire rack.
  6. Microwave melting chocolates for 1 minute and stir until smooth.
  7. Dip the bottom of each cookie in the melted chocolate and set on wax paper to harden for 30 minutes*.

Notes about this recipe (*): I choose to use melting chocolates (like Wilton or Almond Bark) so that it will harden well and quickly. You can use chocolate chips instead, but in my experience– the chocolate chips don’t harden as well, take much longer to harden, and will melt all over your fingers when you pick up the cookies. That being said, they probably taste better. So… your call! Also, feel free to simply dip half the cookies in chocolate instead of the bottoms– it’ll keep your fingers a little cleaner. I just like dipping the bottom of the cookie for presentation’s sake.

Know who else likes butterscotch? My friend, Dorothy. Check out her Butterscotch Pecan Pies!! (sounds like the most perfect Thanksgiving pie ever!!)

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

25 comments on “Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies”

  1. How nice to have family nearby!We are 4 1/2 hours from nearest family, great for weekend visits, but not for babysitting, or weeknight soccer games, etc. These cookies look awesome!!!

  2. That’ll be so cool, having your brother close by! I try not to complain about having our family a few hours away because when we lived in AZ it was SO much worse. BUT. It’s annoying when there is a school function or we just want a sitter. :) OMG I’m in love with these cookies. I hope you had an awesome time at the wedding! Glad you’re back soon, because I miss you, lol.

  3. I totally didn’t know you were the oldest of 6! That’s awesome–hello, free babysitting indeed! Congrats to your baby brother, Ashton–so cool. And helloooooo to these cookies! Black bottom butterscotch? Yes. Please.

  4. Holy moly, the oldest of 6 kids?!? Totally awesome–and so glad you’ll have babysitters nearby soon. Your brother and sister-in-law are soooo cute! And these cookies? Wowsers!

  5. That is a great story! I love that you are so close with your siblings and in-laws! Also I love these cookies! Total Yumm-o

  6. I’m the second-oldest of 14, so I can totally relate! I really wish I had some siblings closer, but most of them are pretty young still.

    I adore these cookies! I’m not normally the type to choose butterscotch chips, but I think you nailed it. I especially love that they’re dipped!

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  9. I’ve never had butterscotch cookies, let alone a chocolate dipped butterscotch cookie. These are SO DELICIOUS! Thank You. It may be awhile before I make chocolate chip cookies again.

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  12. For the Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies – doesn’t 2 cups of melting chocolate sound like too much? Will someone who has made these cookies, please respond. Anxious to make same.

    Thank you.

    • … I made them :) It ended up being just right for me, but then again, I do make kind of a mess as I go. So maybe I lost some in the process? Either way, it would be MUCH less than 2 cups if it’s less!

    • Thank you Ashton for your comments on the melted chocolate, I have a family reunion to attend at the end of June so I will be making the cookies. Hopefully, they will turn out and present well.

    • I just made them and 2 cups of chocolate chips was just PERFECT! They were so delicious!!!

  13. Just found this on Pinterest today! Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks!!!

  14. Found these on Pinterest and made them….have to say they are the bomb diggity! Definitely in my top 5 favorites and cookies are my favorite sweet!
    Thanks for the amazing recipe…:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  15. So, my cookies came out a bit cakey… any suggestions on how they could be more chewy? They look really thick but also chewy in your photos but mine are more thick and bread like. I am going to try them again tonight with a different pan because other cookies I’ve made have done the same thing. We shall see!

  16. Hi! I’m curious how many cookies one batch yields. Thanks!

  17. Want to make these for a cookie swap coming up soon but the recipe doesn’t tell me on average how many cookies it makes. Any help with this would be super helpful thanks.

  18. How many cookies does this yield? I need to make 3 dozen.


  19. How big are the cookies? Do you drop by teaspoons or tablespoons?

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