Oatmeal Raisin Scotchie Bars


I know you’re busy. Believe me, I do. I don’t care what it is you list as your job description on your Facebook page, I know your time is a valuable premium and you’d rather have a little more of it. Know what else, though? I also know that you like to eat. If you’re here now, chances are pretty good you like to bake as well ~grins~.

See how well I know you? That’s why I like to bring you these easy recipes that take up a lot less of your time than you’d think and don’t require a lot of fussing with. Today I’m bringing you some great flavors of a classic – Oatmeal Scotchies- combined into the ease of a bar cookie. I love making traditional cookies but bar cookies cut the time and work in half and offer up the same flavor in a more sturdy vehicle. That’s why they get included in my mailed care packages on a regular basis, or brought along with me when I travel and want to bring treats for the kids to enjoy along the way.

With a tender soft cookie, these taste of butter, brown sugar, butterscotch, and raisins, and remain moist and delicious in your cookie jar – if they live long enough to make it there. This is also a great recipe to let kids help out with! Oh, did I mention they are made with baking mix? It just keeps getting easier…

You’ll need: Raisins, Baking Mix, Dark Brown Sugar, Oats, Cinnamon, Egg, Butter, Vanilla, and Butterscotch Chips

I’m using a Buttermilk Biscuit Baking Mix by House-Autry. I normally use whatever baking mix I can find but I really feel like this one makes a richer cookie. You can use whatever you have on hand.

Melt butter in the microwave and place in a large mixing bowl. Add baking mix…

and brown sugar

Add egg and oats

Stir that up real good

Add in butterscotch chips

and raisins

and then toss in your cinnamon and


Stir that all up well

grease an 8×8 pan

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy an after school or coffee treat!


Oatmeal Raisin Scotchie Bars
  • ½ Cup Rolled oats
  • 1 Cups Brown sugar, packed (I use light or dark, whatever I have on hand)
  • 2 Cups Baking Mix (I’m using House-Autry Buttermilk Biscuit and Baking Mix)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Stick margarine, melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ raisins
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  1. Combine first five ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pat into greased 8×8 pan and bake at 350 for twenty five to thirty minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.

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    • Cindy says

      I’m referring to the cover on your book =) I thought I remembered a picture of the kids at the table on the top left corner of the book. I thought it was such a cute picture! Am I just delusional or did they change the cover layout?

      • says

        Hey Cindy!
        They did change it a little. I’m with you on having the kids in it, of course. The sales dept thought this cover worked better AND they did indulge me by putting more kid pics in the book. Brady and Katy are also in there an even number of times, lol. I’m such a mother!

        They told me last week that the back of the book might have pics of the whole family as well , that’s the only thing that hadn’t been designed yet but should be any day now. They also changed the color of the plate that the chicken is on. Lol. The new color is much better!

  1. Shane says

    I’m definitely planning on making these! I love me some oatmeal raisin cookies. (Especially the ones from Subway. *sigh* I can’t stop at just one! lol) Never could find a recipe to match the taste of those, nor thought about making bars Instead of cookies! With this recipe, I’ll be able to get my oatmeal raisin fix at home easily!

    Thanks for the awesome recipe Christy! 😀

  2. Terri go Dawgs says

    Since I am currently living in Pennsylvania and have never once seen that House-Autry name in any grocery store, I guess I will hafta do all my shopping in Southern grocery stores. ~grins~ This looks wonderful and thank you for sharing. Have fun this wkend in N.C.!
    Since I have a Scotch ancestry, may I assume that these “Scotchie” bars wouldn’t dare make me gain weight? ~giggles~ Christy…don’t answer that.
    Loved the quote from your fav and my fav too…Dale Carnegie. Love ya…T

      • Terri go Dawgs says

        Hi Sue, True, true about a whole new slant! You should see the trunk of my car whenever I have traveled back from Atlanta & Augusta, Georgia w/ cooking treasures from my beloved South. It is a 14-hour drive and I use a cooler to transport Chick-fil-a and even sausage, the best I have EVER had, from a place near my in-laws.

        I know I am Scotch-Irish and Great-grandaddy was a McNesser. My 1st cousin is working on the family tree but IF I find out it is Aberdeen, I am looking you up! tee hee Have a great day, Sue.

  3. Suzanne says

    Oh if only I were not working this weekend I would drive the two hours to Raleigh to give you a hug for all of the delicous things you have put on my table and all of the “wow you made this??” comments I’ve gotten!

    I thought dearest’s eyes were going to pop out of his head the first night we had sweet and sour green beans :) :) Thank you Christy!

  4. Michael says

    OH WOW!! This sound so yummy!!!! I’m a sucker for oatmeal raisin cookies and adding butterscotch just makes em that much more delectable! I’ve made one of your other cookie recipes which use a baking mix and you’re so right, takes the time and just cuts it down!! Gotta love these recipes and shortcuts you give us!!!!

    Thanks so much Christy! NC is on the other side of the country from me so hopefully one day you’ll head out west. We’d sure love to have you! :)

  5. Charlotte says

    I’m sure it’s 1/2 cup of raisins but on the brown sugar is it really 1 cup or is it more? There’s an “s” on cup and it looks like two lumps of brown sugar in the picture … I want to make sure I get enough in there, lol! Can’t wait for my pre-ordered cookbook to arrive! Keep up the great work!

  6. Sandy B. says

    Where do you get all your colorful baking dishes, are they pyrex, new or old? Love them!!!! Yea where do you find House-Autry Biscuit Mix?…Wallie World? (Walmart)hehehe that’s what we nicknamed it here.
    Can’t wait to try this one, the Cherry Cobbler is to die for, my husband ate the whole thing, not at one sitting though. I’m dieting so I took only one small bite(I promise),it’s great!!! He said he gained 10lbs, when was I going to make another one, go figure, haha.

    Thanks for all your time spent and recipes for all of us!!!! Hve a safe weekend!!!

  7. Heather B in NC says

    Christy’s gonna be in NC!! Raleigh is about a 2 hour drive for me but I think I could maybe convince my hubby this could be our weekend excursion when I tell him about that all you can eat BBQ AND kids eat FREE!! Now if only the rain will just stay away…

    And speakin of that baking mix… I have never seen it in any of the grocery stores around here. I only thought they made hushpuppy and breading mixes. Their hushpuppies are goooood!

  8. Shana says

    I’m 45 minutes east of Raleigh, and would LOVE to come meet you…… but I will be spending Saturday shopping with my Mom, aunt and cousin for my wedding dress.

    (Which means no Butterfinger Cake for me until September!)

    Hope you enjoy your time in NC!

    • Nicole says

      Girl, you took the words right out of my mouth! I’m not too crazy about cooked raisins in sweets – I’ll eat them in Raisin Bran but that’s about it – so I picked up some semisweet choc chips along with the butterscotch chips for mine. Headed to the kitchen now! :)

  9. Theresa L. says

    Hi ~ I made these this morning for an upcoming road trip (leaving tomorrow). They turned out beautifully and are all packed & ready to go (with the exception of one…or was it two or three?!…that won’t be going along)!! WONDERFUL taste and texture! I was very low on margarine so splurged and used a stick of Amish butter I keep on hand…YUMMY!!! Thanks, Christy, for sharing the recipe!

  10. Nicole says

    I was just thinkin it would be so awesome to have a cookie bar chart, kind of like your casserole chart, with the main recipe the same but changing out the add-ins. I just put these bars in the oven with choc chips instead of raisins and I didn’t know if I should add the cinnamon or not, so I added it and we’ll see how it does! Thanks so much for all you do – I always check here first for my recipes and feel like I’ve learned a lot about cooking from you! :)

  11. Winnie Mom says

    Not a big fan of raisins but I have craisins in the pantry. Can’t have a cookie without nuts so that will be added too. Love the idea of using a baking mix. Can’t wait to try these soon. Thanks for all the great recipes using products we currently have on hand most of the time.

  12. Di says

    I don’t know what baking mix is. I’m in my 60’s and I never heard of baking mix! But if I figure that out, I will definitely be using dried cranberries instead of raisins — it IS Thanksgiving/Christmas season! And nuts, too, to make it giftable. Winnie and I are on the same track. :)

  13. says

    Would you have a good baking mix recipe that you make up? I never know what to choose on the store shelves and I bet I live a minimum of 15 hours away from the South (I’m in Nebraska).

    I’d love to try these – minus all the additives in store bought baking mix. (Ignore the fact that I’m adding butterscotch or peanut butter chips to these – LOL


  14. Lucy says

    After seeing this and the variations in the new cookbook, this is my go to cookie! I made it with cranberries and white chocolate and it was a big hit with my taste testing family. I just baked two batches to take to a friend for her son’s after rehearsal dinner. Simple and flexible and delicious!

  15. Lanette Szczepanek says

    I want to create a site where it’s a one stop shop for stories and articles on a particular subject….as long as I give credit to the author or source will I be ok, I will not steal original content, but rather gather it…is this legal?.



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