Butterscotch Haystacks Recipe - Filled with crunchy noodles, peanuts, butterscotch and peanut butter morsels, these take only minutes to make. Topped with a pinch of salt these bites become the perfect salty-sweet treat!
Next time try Chocolate Covered Cashews Recipe - easy and delicious!
Why you'll love this recipe
A few years back Mom shared her Chocolate Covered Cashews Recipe and let me tell you, they have been super popular ever since!
Ahem.... especially with my husband.
Mom knows the key to his heart goes right through his sweet tooth and somehow those rich treats show up every time we're visiting.
Dan knows he's loved!!
Because he's got such a sweet tooth, I had a (foodie!) brainstorm and thought hmm.... What if I take Mom's recipe, switch out the flavors and make haystacks?
TOTAL winner! Easy to make and completely delicious these treats are perfect to satisfy a sweet tooth and also fantastic for a cookie exchange!
For the exact measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- butterscotch and peanut butter morsels - using the chips makes this recipe so quick and easy to make!
- crunchy chow mein noodles - the crispy noodles add a ton of crunch!
- peanuts - dry roasted, lightly salted nuts
- canola oil - helps the chips easily melt so the coating is smooth and silky.
- parchment or wax paper - to drop the cookies on. Makes for easy clean-up!
This is an overview of the instructions. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Use a non-stick pan over medium-low heat.
- In a medium saucepan, place butterscotch chips and peanut butter chips with the canola oil.
- Stir often until the candies are melted.
- Stir in the salty peanuts and chow mein noodles.
- Line trays with parchment paper. Drop mixture by small spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.
- Top with a pinch of sea salt (optional).
- Refrigerate until firm.
Everything you need to know to make Haystacks!
Haystacks are made with simple ingredients - butterscotch and peanut butter morsels, chow mein noodles and peanuts. No noodles? Use crushed pretzels or Wheat Chex cereal!
Butterscotch, peanut butter, even chocolate chips are made with stabilizers. They hold their shape until they are stirred. When you're melting the chips continue to stir them until it's smooth and silky.
Double boilers use the steam from the hot water in the bottom pot to heat the top pot. Be sure the boiling water doesn't touch the pot on top or it will scorch the candy!
As mentioned above, the chips melt from the inside out. Continue stirring the entire time you're melting the chips. This will allow them to get smooth and silky and avoid scorching.
Butterscotch will seize when a small amount of moisture has gotten in the mixture. Adding hot liquid back into the mixture will return it to a fluid state. Read more about fixing it here.
Having said this - I've tried this method and was not successful. Perhaps I wasn't patient enough?
Store butterscotch haystacks in an airtight container. They will keep for several days. You can refrigerate them for up to a week, but they are super hard and crunchy. I prefer to keep them on the countertop at room temperature.
They can be frozen up to three months. These are great make-ahead treats for the holidays or a cookie exchange.
Swap out the chow mein noodles for pretzels or cornflakes.
Replace the peanut butter or butterscotch morsels with white chocolate or dark chocolate chips!
Change it up and add mini marshmallows or coconut flakes.
Sprinkles can make them festive for any occasion!
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Butterscotch Haystacks Recipe
- 5 oz. can chow mein noodles crunchy dried noodles
- 1 cup peanuts salted
- 11 oz. bag butterscotch chips
- 10 oz. bag peanut butter chips
- 1 tbsp canola oil can substitute corn or olive oil
- ½ tsp sea salt optional
- Use a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Add the butterscotch, peanut butter chips and canola oil to the pan. Stir often until the candies are melted and the mixture is smooth and silky - about five minutes.
- Stir in the peanuts and carefully fold in the chow mein noodles.
- Drop by small spoonfuls onto a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Smaller treats are better than big ones, they are super rich!
- If you're adding the salt, sprinkle now while they are still sticky.*
- Refrigerate until firm. Package into small ziplock bags and refrigerate until you're ready to enjoy them.
- You can substitute 2 cups crushed pretzels or corn flakes for the chow mein noodles.
- These freeze great! Package them individually and freeze for up to a month.
Variations for this treat!
- Swap out the chow mein noodles for pretzels or cornflakes.
- Replace the peanut butter or butterscotch morsels with white chocolate or dark chocolate chips!
- Change it up and add mini marshmallows or coconut flakes.
- Sprinkles can make them festive for any occasion!