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Butterscotch People

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Butterscotch People
24 cookies
10 Min
20 Min

Gingerbread people are a Christmas favorite, but why not try this easy variation? We all love to decorate them, right? With this recipe we save baking time so there's more time to decorate. Then we can really get creative!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (11-ounce) package butterscotch-flavored chips
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra
  • 1 1/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk (3-4 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

What to Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Melt butterscotch chips and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat until smooth, stirring continuously. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, egg, and milk; mix well. Add slightly cooled butterscotch mixture and beat until well blended (dough will be crumbly).
  4. Shape into a ball and on a lightly floured cutting board with a floured rolling pin, roll dough out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using boy and girl cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place on ungreased rimmed baking sheets. Decorate with chocolate chips for eyes and mouths, and use three chocolate chips for buttons on boys.
  5. For soft cookies, bake 6 minutes; for crisp cookies, bake 8 minutes.


If you want to hang these as Christmas ornaments, make a hole at the top of each cookie with a straw before baking. Bake them crisp and then thread ribbon or string through holes so they'll be ready for hanging.

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From reading the recipe and then the comments, I would not use melted butter, only softened butter. Not sure about the amount of flour, either. And, definitely chill the dough for a while before attempting to roll it.

The cookies had a great taste but just too difficult to roll or shape as the recipe is written. It would probably work better if the majority of the butter was mixed (not melted) with the sugar and just 2 tbls were used to melt the butterscotch chips.

I also found this a disaster for rolling out. I finally gave up and just patted the dough onto a cooky sheet, and baked that way. Unless I hear of a typo or tip, I wil not make again.

I made this recipe and found it impossible to form and roll. Any suggestions?

These look like so much fun!


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