Scotch Tea Cookies for Mother’s Day

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 11, 2014

Print This Post Print This Post SCOTCH TEA COOKIES: Ridiculously EASY and FANTASTIC! Scotch Tea Cookies are buttery and brown sugary, and will have your eyes rolling back in your head. In a good way. #shockinglydelicious #cookierecipe #bestcookies #oatcookies #mothersday #easycookies

Meet my mom, Helen Reinhold. She taught me to cook. And bake. And collect interesting recipes (hoarding, anyone?), offbeat ingredients, charming kitchen tools, and to take pride in my kitchen prowess.

Helen Reinhold mugshot 80th birthday on Shockingly DeliciousShe taught me to persevere, make-do, tweak, personalize and innovate, all in the name of delicious food. 

I’m sure she didn’t know she was teaching me all those things, but that’s what happens when you are cooking for a family of 6 and your only daughter is underfoot in the kitchen.

She’s Italian, but she married a Pennsylvania Dutch-German, so my food loves are all over the map! Want to talk homemade cavatelli, or fried mush and scrapple for breakfast? I’m your girl.

Helen Reinhold's recipe box on Shockingly DeliciousHere’s her ancient recipe box, full of treasures. I snatched it from the packed box as we were moving her into a lovely assisted living place, where others now do the cooking for her.

It belongs to me now, and I’ll be mining it for treasure.

And memories.

Happy Mother’s Day to all who are moms, who have or had moms, or who would like to be moms some day. That about covers everyone, eh? 

I made cookies. My mom would be proud of me for these, because they’re THAT good!

4 Scotch Tea Cookies on a white square plate on

Recipe: Scotch Tea Cookies

Summary: Buttery and brown sugary, these simple Scotch Tea cookies will have your eyes rolling back in your head – they’re THAT good!


  • 2 cups quick oats (dry) (source gluten-free oats to make this a gluten-free treat)
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt and mix well. Stir in butter. Press mixture evenly into an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes; top will be golden brown.
  3. Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes. Cut/score into 24 squares, but leave cookies in pan. Cool entirely before cutting again, following your original cut lines, and removing cookies from pan. (If you remove them while hot, they will fall apart. Trust me on this.) Store in an air-tight container (but honestly, it’s not like you’re going to have any of these left over!).
  4. Makes 20 cookies.

Quick notesScotch Tea Cookies |

If you are using regular salted butter, you may omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Recipe source

Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Other Helen Reinhold recipes on ShockD

Preparation time: 7 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 10-15
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

Today’s Sunday Supper recipes

Sunday Supper badgeThis week our #SundaySupper blogger crew is celebrating Mother’s Day, hosted by Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake. Make something for your mom!

Mother’s Day Breakfast:

Mother’s Day Appetizers, Soups and Salads:

Mother’s Day Main Dishes:

Mother’s Day Desserts:

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Shaina May 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

Simple yet delicious! The best cookies always are…


Dorothy Reinhold May 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I agree. The simpler the cookie, the more I tend to like it.


Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva May 12, 2014 at 10:35 am

Is collecting recipes really hoarding? How lucky for you to have a treasure trove of recipes from your mom! Oh, and these cookies look so scrumptious!


Stacy May 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

Your mom looks like a sweetheart, Dorothy, and I look forward to the treasures you find in her recipe box. Those Scotch tea cookies are wonderful!


Dorothy Reinhold May 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

Thanks, Stacy!


David @ CookingChat May 12, 2014 at 3:20 am

Those look like a great dessert or snack. Sounds like your mother taught you well!


Dorothy Reinhold May 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

Oh yes, she did!


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom May 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm

your mother sounds fabulous!!! and that recipe box!!! so cool!!! I love that she kept everything. . and hello?! love the scotch tea cookies! Happy Mother’s Day to you!!!


Dorothy Reinhold May 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

You NEED these cookies. Pronto.


Courtney @ Neighborfood May 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Oh my gosh you know about fried mush? My dad LOVES fried mush! He grew up on it (His parents were Amish). I love that you have such a diverse background and taste in food though!


Dorothy Reinhold May 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

LOVE fried mush!


jo_jo_ba May 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

This sounds deliciously homey, gotta love it


Tara May 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Your mom is gorgeous and I love your treasure box of recipes from her!! These cookies look amazing and easy!! Happy Mother’s Day!!


Dorothy Reinhold May 12, 2014 at 8:31 am

That box is golden!


Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits May 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Scotch tea cookies sounds very familiar. They are probably something my grandmother used to make – also Scotch/German background. I must give them a try.


Bea May 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Would you please send me a couple of those great cookies, Dorothy?! I love your Mom’s recipe box and am so excited for you to have it. Happy Mother’s Day.


Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes May 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Dorothy, your Mom is beautiful! I just love the recipe box. What a treasure. I’m saving your recipe, which I think I could make with success!


The Ninja Baker May 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Gorgeous memories and a recipe to match, Dorothy =) Love that photo of your mom’s treasure trove of recipes…Undoubtedly she is very proud of how you’ve adopted her kitchen savvy.


Shannon R May 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Yum! My grandma has a recipe just like this but we make them a bit more flat. I’m so going to give this a go and try the difference in height. I’m sure they taste amazing.


Laura Dembowski May 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

I’m jealous of your giant recipe box. What an amazing resource?!? Oh, and these cookies – yum!


Soni May 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

These cookies look so tasty!Love the recipe box and I bet there are some really amazing recipes in there 🙂


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

I love the recipe Box! I bet it is full of just wonderful recipes. Your Scotch Tea Cookies look just amazing! I would mind a few with my morning tea.


Susan May 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

Seeing the recipe for pizzelles peeking out from the recipe box brings to mind my mother’s recipe box-and my own!


Krayl @AnAppealingPlan May 11, 2014 at 5:59 am

These look fantastic. I love the recipe box and can’t wait to see more recipes inspired by mom!


Dorothy Reinhold May 11, 2014 at 6:39 am

Thanks Krayl!


Liz May 11, 2014 at 5:23 am

What terrific cookies, Dorothy!!! And thanks for letting me know I can blame my recipe hoarding on my mom 😉 Happy Mother’s Day!


Dorothy Reinhold May 11, 2014 at 5:34 am

Oh yeah, I like to assign blame!


Manu May 11, 2014 at 4:56 am

Tasty looking cookies!!! What a lovely tribute to your mum!!! <3


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