No Bake Haystack Cookies are an easy cookie recipe made with creamy peanut butter and butterscotch, crunchy chow mein noodles, and salty peanuts.
No Bake Haystack Cookies
These delicious No Bake Haystack Cookies bring back a lot of childhood memories. The first time I ever had them was at a friend’s house when I was around 8. I remember thinking that cookies made with chow mein noodles sounded so weird, but after that first sweet and salty bite I was sold!
I make my Haystack Cookies with butterscotch chips so they look just like little haystacks making them perfect for parties from fall all the way through Christmas. They are also no bake, you don’t even need to use the stove if you have a microwave! So they are an awesome cookie recipe to make with kids.
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What is in a Haystack Cookie?
- Peanut Butter
- Butterscotch chips
- Cocktail Peanuts
- Chow Mein Noodles (these are the crunchy chow mein noodles most often made by La Choy)
That’s it! 4 simple ingredients for delicious no bake cookies. Of course everyone has their own version. You can substitute chocolate chips for butterscotch chips. I have even see peanut butter chips used in place of butterscotch chips. A lot of recipes also add marshmallows, or substitute marshmallows for peanuts. If you are making cookies for someone with a peanut allergy who can eat tree nuts you could try it with almond butter and almonds, or cashew butter and cashews.
Tips for making Haystack Cookies:
- The peanuts are salted. It gives the cookies a great salty sweet flavor!
- Use parchment paper! Yes, you can use wax paper if needed but parchment paper (or a silicone mat) makes getting them off the paper so much easier. Don’t use aluminum foil it will stick to the cookies.
- There is no precise way to shape your haystacks. drop them on to the parchment paper in 2-2.5 inch piles and make sure all of the noodles and peanuts in each pile are touching each other so when they harden they will be stuck together.
- Once your haystacks are on the parchment paper that is where they stay until they are fully cooled and firmed up. It you place the parchment paper on a baking sheet that makes moving them around easier.
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- 1 cup Butterscotch Chips
- ½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Salted Peanuts
- 5 oz Chow Mein Noodles
In a small microwave-safe bowl combine butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each, until it is smooth.
In a large bowl combine peanuts and chow mein noodles. Pour the melted butterscotch mixture over them, gently stirring until everything is well coated.
Drop the mixture onto parchment paper to form 2-2.5 inch piles. Let them cool until the butterscotch is fully hardened.
Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.