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Butterscotch Haystacks

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These classic butterscotch haystacks are the perfect blend of crunchy chow mein noodles with salty peanuts, melted peanut butter and butterscotch chips for the perfect no-bake treats!
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  1. BUTTERSCOTCH HAYSTACKS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS BUTTERSCOTCH HAYSTACKS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Butterscotch haystacks are a classic Christmas cookie your family will absolutely love. A holiday staple, these butterscotch haystacks are made with crispy chow mein noodles, sweet butterscotch chips, creamy peanut butter and salty peanuts.  

More of my favorite treats no bake treats include our chocolate no bake cookies and our Oreo pie.

BUTTERSCOTCH HAYSTACKS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 7 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1½ cups butterscotch chips
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup salted peanuts

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

NOODLES: You could substitute pretzels for the chow mein noodles in this simple recipe. 

NUTS: I used creamy peanut butter, but you could use crunchy peanut butter as well for an added crunch. You can also make haystacks with cashews and cashew butter.

BUTTER: You could make these chow mein noodle cookies with almonds and almond butter.

BUTTERSCOTCH CHIPS: You could also use peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or milk chocolate chips In place of the butterscotch chips in this easy dessert.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS BUTTERSCOTCH HAYSTACKS RECIPE

PRO TIP:

Instead of using multiple pans to let these haystacks harden (because this recipe makes lots!), clear counter space and tape a long sheet of parchment onto the counter until they dry.  

STEP ONE: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butterscotch chips and the peanut butter together.

PRO TIP:

Keep a close eye on the mixture and keep it low and keep stirring so that you don’t scorch it.

STEP TWO: Place the peanuts and chow mein noodles in a large bowl. Pour the butterscotch chips and creamy peanut butter mixture over the peanuts and noodles and toss them together until all coated.

PRO TIP:

If you want more of a wet look to the haystacks,  crunch down the chow mein noodles into smaller pieces.

STEP THREE: Drop mixture by tablespoons onto the wax paper making little piles and allow to cool. 

PRO TIP:

You’ll want to use wax paper, parchment paper, or silicone mats for this recipe. I suggest laying it out on a cookie sheet to make it easier to move your batches of butterscotch haystack cookies around while they’re setting if you need to

HOW TO SERVE

I love gifting these butterscotch haystacks at Christmas. To do so, put them into a food-safe bag/box and tie with ribbon or in a holiday-themed cookie tin. These are always a huge hit at a holiday cookie exchange as well. You could also add them to a cookie platter along with Christmas pinwheels and Grinch cookies.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: Once the haystacks have cooled, you can put in a bag or airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature. 

IN THE FRIDGE/FREEZER: Once these tasty treats are cooled, you can pop them into a freezer-safe bag or sealed container for up to two months. To serve, just thaw in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. They’re yummy chilled as well!

Not only are these no-bake butterscotch haystacks delicious, they’re also so easy to make. You skip the baking for these cookies, so they can be made from scratch in only minutes. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do these haystacks need to be refrigerated?

This old-fashioned treat can easily be stored in an airtight container on the counter. If you want to keep them for longer, they can be kept in the fridge or in the freezer for up to two months.

Can I melt the butterscotch and peanut butter in the microwave?

If you would prefer to melt the mixture in the microwave, using a microwave-safe bowl, heat on 50% power in 30-second increments until the mixture is smooth, stirring in between.

Can I use pretzels instead of chow mein noodles?

Pretzels will give these butterscotch haystacks the same satisfying crunch that the noodles do, so you can certainly use them instead.

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Butterscotch Haystacks

5 from 2 votes
These classic butterscotch haystacks are the perfect blend of crunchy chow mein noodles with salty peanuts, melted peanut butter and butterscotch chips for the perfect no-bake treats!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 36

Ingredients
  

  • 7 cups chow mein noodles
  • cups butterscotch chips
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup salted peanuts

Instructions
 

  • Place the peanuts and the chow mein noodles in a large bowl.
  • In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the chips and the peanut butter together.
  • Pour the butterscotch chips and peanut butter mixture over the peanuts and noodles and toss together until all coated.
  • Drop by tablespoons onto wax paper making little piles and allow to cool.

Notes

TIP: If you want more of a wet look to the haystacks,  crunch down the chow mein noodles to smaller pieces
TIP: Instead of using multiple pans to let these haystacks harden (because this recipe makes lots!), clear counter space and tape a long sheet of parchment onto the counter until they dry.  
TIP: You’ll want to use wax paper, parchment paper, or silicone mats for this recipe. I suggest laying it out on a cookie sheet to make it easier to move your batches of butterscotch haystack cookies around while they’re setting if you need to. 

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 2mg
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