Grandma Ida’s Butterscotch Wheat Germ Cookies (12 Cookies of Christmas – Recipe 11)

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Soft, spicy, cake-like cookies, these Butterscotch Wheat Germ Cookies are sure to warm your heart this season! This recipe was my Great Grandmother’s recipe and while I may have screwed up a little (I actually put twice as much butter in, but didn’t realize until the video is edited and ready), with a little everyday cook smarts, we figured it out and they tasted HEAVENLY!!!

  • 🍪10/10 for flavor
  • 🍪8/10 for look
  • 🍪10/10 for recipe itself
  • 🍪Difficulty level – easy

The original recipe had just 1/2 cup of butter and 1 1/2 cups of flour, but I’ve rewritten the recipe below to reflect how they turned out in this video.

Thanks mom for tracking the recipe down for me (even if I read it wrong).

Find your Butterscotch Wheat Germ Cookie Recipe here:

Wheat Germ Butterscotch Cookies

(from the kitchen of Grandma Ida Halverson)


  • 1 cup butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (room temp)
  • 1 cup apple sauce (room temp)
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon  nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • Butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F 
  2. Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter, eggs, and sugar.
  4. Add apple sauce and mix well (mix may look curdled, that is ok).
  5. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Switch to a wooden spoon and mix in butterscotch chips and nuts (if using).
  7. Drop rounded teaspoons full onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes on the tray.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool 2-3 minutes on the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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