November 16, 2021

Family Recipes: Mrs. Gray's Butterscotch Cookies

When you’re in Winston-Salem, all it takes is one heavenly whiff of butterscotch cookies and you’re transported to the Historic Graylyn Estate, where the holiday decor dazzles in every room — and those cookies are served every night. At Graylyn, Nathalie Gray’s butterscotch cookies have remained a heartfelt tradition. Beloved pets of the Gray family, two adored Scottish Terriers named Butter and Scotch, roamed the grounds of the 55-acre former home-turned-hotel (and international conference center) for years. As the holiday season approaches and your nostalgia is at an all-time high, take delight in this cherished family recipe this holiday season.

PRO TIP: Pair some freshly baked cookies with some hot chocolate.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Makes: 20 cookies


  • 2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda  

Cream the butter and sugars together. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and butterscotch morsels into the butter/sugar mixture until batter is smooth. Portion mixture into teaspoon-sized balls.

Place onto greased baking sheet.

Bake at 375º F for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool at room temperature.