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Butterscotch Mountain Cookies

Take a break from the traditional chocolate chip with these butterscotch mountain cookies! Filled with butterscotch chips, coconut and sliced almonds, rolled in a dusting of sesame seeds for a nutty crunch.

Butterscotch Mountain Cookies

*Please note* this post was originally published in 2017.  I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains the same.

Have you ever taken a quiz to determine your personality type? I’d taken a few over the course of my career, but Etienne recently had to complete one for some career development he’s doing. On Saturday night we both took the 16 personalities test and had a lot of fun reading and comparing our results. It’s free – you should try it one night when you have nothing better to do. It’s surprisingly accurate!

I ended up being identified as an ENFP (Extroverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Prospecting) and Etienne was described as an INTJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging). To summarize, I’m a social person who places a lot of emphasis on my intuition and feelings, and I prefer keeping my options open in life. Basically, I’m a chatty, emotional, dreamer who has a hard time focusing haha. 🙂

Etienne? His description fit him accurately. He thrives on some quality alone time, and is one of the most practical, rational, intelligent people I know. Definitely not someone who suffers fools gladly. Apparently, opposites really do attract.

Anyway, serious thought-provoking nights like this one require some fuel. What better fuel than my newest butterscotch mountain cookies?

butterscotch mountain cookies

What is a mountain cookie?

I am not going to pretend I have a reason I’m calling these “mountain cookies” but I always think of them as a cookie that’s filled with a tons of different ingredients and components, like almonds, chips, coconut and sesame seeds! Like a mountainous terrain?

The butterscotch chips add a sweet, buttery flavour to cookies, and combined with sliced almonds and coconut, the flavours completely compliment each other. The finishing touch is a little sesame seed bath to give the cookies a nutty crunch. I love cookies with a ton of different fillings! Every bite is a surprise. I guess that’s a tribute to my spontaneous personality?

How do you make these butterscotch cookies?

These mountain cookies come together just like every other chocolate chip cookie! Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer to blend the butter, sugars and eggs together. The dry ingredients are slowly mixed in after!

To prevent too much spreading, the prepared cookie dough needs to be chilled for at least an hour. Once chilled, the dough can be rolled into balls of about 1.5 tablespoons each, and then pressed into a bowl filled with sesame seeds.

Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are just slightly browned.

The recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies – if you don’t want that many at once (is that a thing?) you can freeze the prepared balls for up to 2 months, in an airtight container (coated with seeds or not). This is also a good trick to keep up your sleeve for unexpected company!

What personality type are you? Take the test while keeping yourself nourished with cookies!

butterscotch mountain cookies

butterscotch mountain cookies

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butterscotch mountain cookies

Butterscotch Mountain Cookies

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 1 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies 1x


Take a break from the traditional chocolate chip with a cookie filled with butterscotch chips, coconut and sliced almonds, rolled in a dusting of sesame seeds for a nutty crunch.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds


  1. Combine together the flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add both sugars, and beat on medium-high for about 1 minute, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, beating to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. With the mixer running on low, add the dry ingredients to the wet, and beat until just combined. Using a large wooden spoon, gently stir in the chips, almonds and coconut. Place the dough, covered, in the fridge for at least an hour to chill.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the fridge.
  5. Fill a shallow bowl with the sesame seeds. Using 1.5 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into a ball and then roll it around in the sesame seeds, using a bit of pressure to get the seeds to stick. Place the balls 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. 
  6. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned. If the cookie did not flatten as much as you’d like, use a fork and while the cookie are still warm, flatten them with the back of the fork. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing them with a spatula to a wire rack, to cool completely.

Cookies will keep for up to 1 week at room temperature, in an airtight container, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Butterscotch Mountain Cookies


  1. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I had to take that same test a few years ago but I don’t remember the results, except that I’m an introvert who likes rules :). Very accurate! These cookies sound fabulous. I love the sesame seeds!

  2. I’ve taken my fair share of personality tests in college (I have my degree in psychology) and they all pretty much said I was INFJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging). I haven’t taken one in a bit though, so I wonder if it’s changed. If anything I’m probably just more introverted. lol. 😉 Anyways, I am LOVING these cookies!!!! As a chick who is allergic to cocoa, I feel like I miss out on a lot of treats, but butterscotch is a weakness of mine!! So these cookies!?!?!? ALL THE YES! Totally calling my name! Do you deliver? I’ll take 3 dozen. 😉 Cheers, girlie!

    • Aaah psychology. Such an interesting topic. Well we’ve got two traits the same 😉 It’s always fun finding out a little more about yourself! I keep forgetting your allergy to cocoa!! You would definitely be up for these cookies then! I’m sending 3 dozen your way!! Thanks Chey 🙂

  3. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Well, I haven’t had any similar tests for a long time (Normally, I don’t like the results haha), but I’ve taken this one out of curiosity. I’m INFP (intuitive, introverted, feeling, prospecting) so basically quite a complicated person to deal with:) Talking about cookies, there are two simple rules to remember: 1. There’s no such a thing like “too many cookies”. 2. If somehow it happenes, send the leftovers to Ben.

    • Haha, well we’re all complicated in our own way aren’t we? I’m glad you took the test! It’s always a fun activity. You should get your husband to take it too! I will for sure remember your rules!! Definitely no such thing as too many cookies 😉

  4. I like changing up the routine chocolate chips with butterscotch chips too Katherine, I love that you’ve rolled them in yummy sesame seeds too. Save me some!

  5. I do always love a chocolate chip but sometimes I do crave something different like this. I love the flavor combo of these and would be perfect fuel for a evening of deep thought

  6. The Home Cook's Kitchen

    i freaking love personality tests! taking is as we speak! these cookies look so good, they’d be perfect for a hiking or biking treat!

  7. all these textures look awesome! and i love that you rolled these in sesame seeds (: oooh i really like that personality test too, especially because they give you people who are similar in personality to you (i can never remember what letters i am, but it’s the one that mlk jr and nelson mandela are, too).

  8. That personality test sounds pretty fun – I’ll have to talk Keith into doing it too. He’s a guy who likes to keep his options open too, me, not so much. 😉

    I’ve been really in to sesame lately, tahini and what not, so these cookies are seriously calling my name! Love all of that bumpy goodness!

    • I think there really is something to the saying “opposites attract”. You guys will have to take it one night and compare!! It’s at least a quick test.
      I’m a big sesame lover too Marissa!! Glad you enjoy. Have a great weekend!

  9. Oh – fun!!! Personality tests are always interesting to do, especially while munching on these cookies! Absolutely love sesame seeds and the fact that these are covered in them really rocks my boat 🙂 Big stack for me please! Hope you have an awesome weekend!!

  10. I used to take all those personality tests, they were always fun! Butterscotch is at the top of my list and with sesame seeds! Love these! Great flavor combination. Take care.

  11. I remember taking a bunch of those personalty tests when I was younger. I always tested out as Extrovert-CrazyAss-FreakinNuts-HighlyEmotional. Hahahaha! My Hubby’s an Introvert too but it’s nice that we balance each other out and I definitely don’t need to be married to someone like me! Dang, these cookies look unbelievable! I love sesame seeds so much and was very happy to see these cookies all coated up with them. I also love coconut, almonds, and butterscotch so these are pretty much turning into my favorite cookie recipe of all-time. Pinning so I can make them for Xmas…or this weekend 🙂

    • Haha Karrie – you are describing my relationship exactly! I wouldn’t want to be married to someone like me either 😉 You need that balance!! Thanks so much!! I hope you get a chance to make them…nothing wrong with a weekend batch of cookies!!! Cheers!

  12. I’m totally digging the sesame seeds! I bet those add such a neat flavor!! I need to try these 🙂 xoxo

  13. Woah! this is something very interesting to eat and it has all of my favorite ingredients, thanks a lot for sharing this 🙂

  14. These cookies seems very palatable and finger-licking, Katherine! Is it possible to also add some other nuts?

  15. OMG butterscotch is my fave! These look incredible and a little unexpected…I am intrigued!

  16. I know I’ve taken this test but have no clue what it revealed. I guess it’s time to do it again! LOVE these cookies—definitely full of my favorites and out of the ordinary!

  17. Wow, these cookies look amazing. I look forward to making these soon. Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe.

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