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Butterscotch Ritz Cookies

Butterscotch Ritz Cookies are my tasty twist on the classic potato chip cookie. They’re buttery-rich, crunchy, and downright delicious.

A vertical photo of a baking sheet filled with Butterscotch Ritz Cookies along with a few crackers and some chocolate chips in the foreground.


The flavor of these crispy cracker cookies is mildly sweet with a subtle hint of those buttery addicting crackers everyone loves!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Butterscotch Ritz Cookies is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Please Note – This recipe was originally shared back in 2012. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged… except for the addition of mini chocolate chips. 😉

Why this recipe works:

They’re unusually delicious and everyone loves them!

These cookies are a welcome addition to any cookie jar and make great dippers for a tall glass of milk.

Want to keep them guessing?

If you didn’t know what the secret ingredient is in these cookies (the ritz crackers), you probably couldn’t readily detect the flavor. However, you would more than likely recognize it as being familiar.

I encourage you to play the “surprise ingredient” guessing game with your family and friends. 

I doubt they’ll guess in their first few tries (I think it took my son Adam 4 guesses) but after the secret is out, you’ll certainly taste those buttery, delicious Ritz cookies in every bite crunchy bite!  YUMMY! 

After all…Everything is better when it’s mixed with a RITZ! 🙂

A horizontal photo of a full baking sheet with Butterscotch Ritz Cookies in the background and a few cookies with crackers and chocolate chips in the foreground.

Can the chocolate chips be omitted from this recipe?

Yes!

Actually the original recipe I shared for these Ritz cracker cookies (back in 2012) didn’t have them. They are totally optional!

Can these cookies be frozen after baking?

You bet!

Store them well in an air-tight container and you can freeze them for up to 6 months.

Can other crackers be substituted for Ritz crackers?

If you’d like to substitute another buttery-rich cracker (similar in flavor to a Ritz cracker), I say go for it!

That said, please don’t substitute a sesame seed or garlic cracker (as wild examples) and expect the cookies to be as delicious as a Ritz cracker cookie. It won’t happen. Just sayin’!

How many cookies does this recipe make?

As written this recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

How long does this recipe for ritz cookies take to make from start to finish?

Approximately 30 minutes.

10 minutes to prepare the dough, and 20 minutes to bake the cookies.

How to make Butterscotch Ritz Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until creamy and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, and vanilla until incorporated.
  • Next, add the pudding mix and milk. Beat again until thoroughly mixed.
  • Crush the crackers in a zip-top bag to make 2 cups of crumbs (approximately 1½ sleeves).
  • Add the baking soda to the mixer along with the all-purpose flour, and salt.
  • Blend until just combined, and then add in the crushed cracker crumbs, and the chocolate chips (if using), scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Scoop the cookie batter (approximately 1 tablespoon) onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, rotate the baking sheets and return the cookies to the oven for 10 additional minutes (20 minutes total) until puffed and golden.
  • Remove and cool on a wire rack.
Closeup horizontal photo of a tray of Butterscotch Ritz Cookies with a blue and brown napkin.

*Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies (shown below)

These Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies are rich and buttery with a crunch and lightness that will keep you coming back for more. Sorry. Not Sorry!

A wooden platter filled with Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookies dusted with confectioners sugar.

*Orange Cardamom Biscuits (not shown)

*Take 5 Cookies (shown below and in the featured video)

Inspired by one of my favorite bars, these Take 5 Cookies are packed full of chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, and pretzels. They’re crispy on the outside and slightly chewy in the center. YUM!!

A closeup photo of a Take 5 Cookies with pretzel pieces, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and caramel.

*Butterscotch Ritz Cookies (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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The printable recipe card:

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s Ritz cracker cookie recipe. I hope you’ll try my recipe and let me know what you think. 

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

A couple of Butterscotch Ritz Cookies on a white napkin along with some Ritz cracker and some chocolate chips.

BUTTERSCOTCH RITZ COOKIES

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
The flavor of these crispy cracker cookies is mildly sweet with a subtle hint of those buttery-rich crackers everyone loves!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert – Cookies
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 228 kcal

Equipment

  • The flavor of these crispy cracker cookies is mildly sweet with a subtle hint of those buttery-rich crackers everyone loves!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk I used whole milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 small package instant butterscotch pudding
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Ritz crackers crushed
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until creamy and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, and vanilla until incorporated.
  • Next, add the pudding mix and milk. Beat again until thoroughly mixed.
  • Crush the crackers in a zip-top bag to make 2 cups of crumbs (approximately 1½ sleeves).
  • Add the baking soda to the mixer along with the all-purpose flour and salt.
  • Blend until just combined, and then add in the crushed cracker crumbs and the chocolate chips (if using), scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Scoop the cookie batter (approximately 1 tablespoon) onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, rotate the baking sheets and return the cookies to the oven for ten additional minutes (20 minutes total) until puffed and golden.
  • Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 263mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 264IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Keyword butterscotch ritz coookies, ritz cracker cookies
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Recipe Rating




Paula

Sunday 9th of September 2012

I have only one recipe, for bars actually that calls for Ritz crackers, so seeing these great looking cookies was a real treat. I thought there might be some butterscotch chips in them and finding out the recipe only calls for butterscotch pudding was quite a surprise. You are right when you say these would be good with some Nutella!