There's nothing like a good homemade cookie and the best homemade cookies are the ones fresh out of the oven. But who has time to bake? Well, it's not so much the baking time that has us stumped. Most cookies only take about ten minutes to bake. What takes all the time, is the mixing. It's not that the mixing takes all that much time either it's more the fact that we don't have the time when we want to make the cookies. So how do we fix this problem? If your family likes cookies like my family likes cookies. Find a time on a day you have available from your normal routine and spend a little time making these oatmeal butterscotch make ahead cookies

Things You Will Need

1 cup shortening
1 cup regular white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups white or unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats (quick oats)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Step 1

Cream shortening, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Sift flour into shortening mixture. Add soda and salt onto the flour and stire into the shortening mixture. Mix in rolled oats, butterscotch chips and (optional) pecans.

Step 2

Dough will be soft. Shape into 2 rolls, each about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap dough waxed paper. If you plan to freeze rolls, wrap in an additional layer of plastic. The dough will keep this way in freezer for up to 2 months. Otherwise refrigerate overnight. The dough will keep in refrigerator for up to a week.

Step 3

When ready to use thaw frozen dough in refrigerator for several hours. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut into 1/4 inch slices. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
If you want fresh oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies any time, remember that you don't have to bake the whole roll at the same time. You can make only the cookies you want to eat now and save the rest until later.

Tips & Warnings

Your family is going to be spoiled by the wonderful way you treat them to homemade oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies but you'll be glad you did.