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Butterscotch Cookies on blue platter.

Butterscotch Haystacks Recipe

Crunchy chow mein noodles, peanuts and butterscotch and peanut butter morsels transform into Butterscotch Haystacks! These treats take only minutes to make. Topped with a pinch of salt they become the perfect salty-sweet treat!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Refrigerate for 30 minutes until set. 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 30 servings
Calories 123kcal
Author Deb Clark
Cost $9


  • 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 tablespoon canola oil can substitute corn or olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon 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.


* The pinch of sea salt on top is optional. I like with salt because it helps balance the sweetness, Dan prefers them without. Both are delicious!
  • 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!


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg