Salted Butterscotch Cookies

Sweet, salty, crispy, chewy, these amazing Salted Butterscotch Cookies will blow your mind!

Sweet, salty, crispy, chewy… these amazing Salted Butterscotch Cookies will blow your mind!

When I recently created some luscious Coconut Cut Out Cookies I wanted to play around with fillings or toppings to compliment the toasted coconut flavor.

Certainly, chocolate is always a good choice with coconut, but I also really love caramel and butterscotch flavors with coconut!   And in my mind, caramel is not quite complete with a bit of salt… so I knew the flavors I wanted to combine!

I thought back to some delicious cookies my talented cookie friend Melissa, of The Baked Equation shared with me a year ago… her famous Salted Butterscotch Cookies!

Melissa adds a butterscotch glaze to her delicious vanilla/cinnamon/amaretto cookies and I knew a similar idea would be perfect for my toasted coconut cookies!  With her permission, I worked up a simple butterscotch ganache, added some fleur de sel salt and created one of the most delicious combos ever!

These cookies are sweet, salty, buttery and oh so good!

You almost have to close your eyes when you take the first bite!  There are so many little flavors working together you need to just stop and enjoy the symphony in your mouth for a moment.

Sweet, salty, crispy, chewy, these amazing Salted Butterscotch Cookies will blow your mind!

To make these delicious Coconut and Salted Butterscotch Cookies you’ll need to make a batch of my Coconut Cut Out Cookies.

I’m sure this salted butterscotch combo would also be a perfect topping for my basic Vanilla Sugar Cookies, and I’d be tempted to try it with Chocolate Cut Out Cookies as well!

I cut my cookies in thin rectangles using a cookie cutter I designed for Truly Mad Plastics (1″x4″).  Depending on how fine the coconut in your dough is, you may want to use the cookie cutter to score the dough, then use a sharp knife to make the final cut.  Of course feel free to make these cookies in any shape you like!

Print Recipe

Butterscotch Ganache

This simple glaze adds an amazing layer of flavor to sugar cookies or shortbread.


1 cup good quality butterscotch chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

good quality sea salt, such as Fleur de Sel


Bake and cool cookies of your choice. Line up cookies on a wire baking rack with a large baking sheet beneath. This will help catch any excess ganache and salt as you "dress" the cookies.

Pour butterscotch chips into a medium bowl and set aside.

Heat the heavy cream until almost boiling (in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove). Pour hot cream over the bowl of chips and set aside for 1-2 minutes. Stir mixture slowly, preferably with a small whisk. Continue to stir as needed until the chips are fully melted and the cream has been fully incorporated (this make take several minutes).

Allow the mixture to cool several minutes. You want the mixture to cool and thicken a bit, but still be pourable. Once it's reached a nice consistency, use a small spoon to drizzle the ganache over your choice of cookies.

As soon as you have added the ganache to 3-4 cookies, immediately add a sprinkling of very good quality sea salt, such as fleur de sel. Allow ganache to set up (20 minutes or so) before packing cookies or storing them.

The final ganache will set up firm enough to package cookies in a single layer (not stacked). You can stack them if you chose, but the ganache may get a bit smashed.

I used Guittard butterscotch chips and Esprit Du Sel Fleur de sel salt.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats, inspired by cookies by The Baked Equation

Sweet, salty, crispy, chewy, these amazing Salted Butterscotch Cookies will blow your mind!


You won't believe how good these cookies are until you try one! Sweet, salty, crispy, chewy, these amazing Salted Butterscotch Cookies will blow your mind!

Give this recipe a try and I think you’ll fall in love with these Coconut and Salted Butterscotch Cookies as much as I have!

If you want to try the delicious cookies that inspired these, hop on over to The Baked Equation and order a batch!  While you’re there, you’ll find the most beautiful assortment of decorated cookies as well.  The Baked Equation ships nationwide, so be sure to bookmark their site so you can contact them whenever you need custom cookies!

Prop note – Photo backdrop by Ink and Elm.


  1. These look so delicious!! Love the sweet and salty combo!

  2. Thank you so much Glory! These look amazing. I can’t wait to try them. Happy Sunday.

  3. I love these cookies! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent xx

  4. Glory, these look absolutely delicious! If you ever need a taste tester, just let me know! ! ! 🙂

  5. Hi Glory, and YUM! Where do you find your chips, in a grocery store? I have seen and bought that brand in a store, but I can’t recall which one. I LOVE their chips, other brands of butterscotch chips do not compare! I can’t really order by mail now, it’s too hot in my area to have them shipped here. Thanks!

  6. after trying the Tillamook salted butterscotch ice cream, I am in LOVE – can’t wait to try this ganache – but I can bet my swirls will not be nearly as pretty as yours

  7. These sound incredibly amazing! I am pinning these and adding them to my recpie file! I will share them over at G+ and FB! What a Glorious Treat! HUGS! Chloe

  8. I’ve had Melissa’s cookies so I know these are AMAZING. Salted butterscotch is the best thing ever!

    • Do Melissa’s set up more firm? I’ve never had them it in picture they seem to stack without getting smooshed so I wonder about that!

  9. Thank you for the great recipe! I just have one question. To me, it does not look like you drizzled the ganache onto the cookies with a spoon. It looks quite perfect and as a baker, I know this does not seem possible. Did you use a squeeze bottle for the photos?

    Thank you so much and keep posting great bakes!

  10. What an amazing treat! Impressive!

  11. I cannot wait to try these….they look just PERFECT 🙂 I supply pastries at Church one a month for all to enjoy…always looking for some homemade tasty treat,
    Thanks many Blessings to you !!

  12. Sweet and salty is my absolute favorite! These are going to the top of my Must Try list – thanks for the recipe!

  13. Tried to subscribe to your blog, would not let me….said email in use !!

  14. I’m wondering how well these set? I’d like to try and make a butterscotch ganache to ice a cake

    • The icing would likely work great on a cake as a finishing layer. I would suggest icing the cake in buttercream first, then adding the butterscotch glaze on top. Feel free to experiment! Happy baking!

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