It's a great cookie, one of the kids' favorites. This doesn't call for nuts, but I sometimes add about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream margarine, oil, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually stir in the sifted ingredients until well blended. Mix in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop from a teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Let set up on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

167 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 23g; fat 7.5g; cholesterol 10.3mg; sodium 114.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2008
BY FAR THE BEST COOKIES IN THE WORLD!!! I can't believe how well these turned out! I took a commercial baking class in school, and we had a recipe for oatmeal cookies that we would sell to the public, and it was NOWHERE near as good as these cookies! I took some of the suggestions from reviewers and added 1 tsp vanilla and 3 cups of oats instead of 2. They turned out amazing! I didn't freeze them, I just scooped by teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet and put into the oven for 12 minutes and they turn out perfect! If they dont turn out for you, you must not be doing something right. They are foolproof. As long as you cream together the right ingredients with an electric mixer, they turn out the right consistancy. My mom even agrees that they are the best cookie she's ever had, and thats saying something because she makes hers from my great grandmothers 100 year old family recipe! Thanks so much for posting this recipe! This one is quickly becoming a family fave!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2011
I didn't think this recipe needed anymore reviews, then I actually baked and tasted one of these. I would have given it 5 stars but I did tweak it slightly, I added raisins that had been soaking in hot water and vanilla to plump them back up, I used 1 cup wholemeal flour, 1 cup of brown sugar and a good tsp of honey instead of the white sugar, I added choclate chips, and used butter instead of margerine, I also used a little extra flour and extra cup of oats as the dough seemed wet but it might my adjustments that made it so. The cookies were lovely, not too sweet and they have a lovely texture. I have half of the dough in my freezer so I can always have fresh cookies at hand, nothing better! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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781 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 589
  • 4 star values: 151
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2008
BY FAR THE BEST COOKIES IN THE WORLD!!! I can't believe how well these turned out! I took a commercial baking class in school, and we had a recipe for oatmeal cookies that we would sell to the public, and it was NOWHERE near as good as these cookies! I took some of the suggestions from reviewers and added 1 tsp vanilla and 3 cups of oats instead of 2. They turned out amazing! I didn't freeze them, I just scooped by teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet and put into the oven for 12 minutes and they turn out perfect! If they dont turn out for you, you must not be doing something right. They are foolproof. As long as you cream together the right ingredients with an electric mixer, they turn out the right consistancy. My mom even agrees that they are the best cookie she's ever had, and thats saying something because she makes hers from my great grandmothers 100 year old family recipe! Thanks so much for posting this recipe! This one is quickly becoming a family fave!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2006
really good cookie, really easy to do. I scoop mine out and freeze them on a cookie sheet, then store them in a zippie freezer bag for ready-to-bake cookies anytime. yes, you can take them out of the freezer and pop them in the oven, just takes a couple minutes longer to bake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2007
AWESOME!!! This is the recipe I remember from childhood school lunches!! I added 1 tsp vanilla and omitted the chips. Excellent!! The oil is what gives it that special texture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2007
Hold on and let me put down my second warm, chewy cookie for a second to type this...okay, these were amazing! I was skeptical because the oil, butter and sugar looked odd at first, but as soon as I added the eggs, the dough began to look good. And were these cookies ever good! I guess those cowboys really know what they're doing. My changes: Substitution of butter for margarine and the addition of one teaspoon of vanilla. I highly recommend making these! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2008
Can't stop eating these cookies! I added a tsp. of vanilla, cut the white sugar to 2/3 cup and added 3/4 cup each of semi-sweet and white choc. chips. Always refrigerate the dough for a couple of hours before you bake the cookies. Otherwise they spread out too much.Truly amazing cookies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
Excellent recipe with adjustments of 3 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. I used Cinnamon chips!OMG YOU GOTTA TRY IT!! RAVES and left them begging for more! My fav oatmeal recipe and a new tradition in my family! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2006
Where's the vanilla extract? Great flavor. Used 1/4 c. oil and 3/4 c. unsalted butter and added 1/2 chopped pecans and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2003
I added extra quick oats like some others have suggested (almost 3 cups total!)and these came out great. I didn't increase the sugar with the extra oats and I liked that they weren't sickeningly sweet. My boys aren't big chocolate fans, so these are a great find for them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2005
great cookies! I always get compliments when I make this recipe. I have altered it several times to make cinnamon chip and apple cookies. In this case I would substitute cinnamon chips for butterscotch chips and add about 1/2 Cup (give or take) of a firm cooking apple cut into small chunks. Turns out very yummy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2011
I didn't think this recipe needed anymore reviews, then I actually baked and tasted one of these. I would have given it 5 stars but I did tweak it slightly, I added raisins that had been soaking in hot water and vanilla to plump them back up, I used 1 cup wholemeal flour, 1 cup of brown sugar and a good tsp of honey instead of the white sugar, I added choclate chips, and used butter instead of margerine, I also used a little extra flour and extra cup of oats as the dough seemed wet but it might my adjustments that made it so. The cookies were lovely, not too sweet and they have a lovely texture. I have half of the dough in my freezer so I can always have fresh cookies at hand, nothing better! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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