No-Bake Peanut Butter Haystacks

My grandma has made these every holiday season as far back as I can remember. As a little girl, I remember how much I absolutely loved them. Aside from their deliciousness, they were kind of like a cross between candy and a cookie and they were so different from the standard Christmas or Easter sugar cookies I was used to seeing everywhere else. Their sweet peanut butter and butterscotch flavor and crunch are nearly irresistible. Growing up, I always assumed that they were tricky or difficult to make, but I was so wrong! It turned out that they’re actually a no-bake confection comprised of only three ingredients, and they couldn’t be simpler to make.

The ease of preparation here makes these a no-brainer anytime you need a crowd-pleasing cookie, not just during the holidays. They’re made of just three ingredients – four if you want to include peanuts, which are totally optional – and they require no oven at all. The key players here are butterscotch chips, peanut butter, and crispy chow mein noodles, which you can find in the international aisle of your grocery store.

  • 1 (11 oz) package butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (5 oz) can crispy chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts (optional)
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium-low heat, melt together the butterscotch chips and peanut butter, stirring until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts (if using), stirring quickly to coat.
  4. Working quickly, drop by spoonfuls onto the wax paper. Let cool until set. Enjoy!
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