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Butterscotch Haystacks

Butterscotch Haystacks

Butterscotch Haystacks

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Butterscotch Haystacks
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Course: No-bake CookiesDifficulty: Easy



A no-bake cookie made with chow mein noodles. These are a vintage no-bake treat that generations of Americans have been making since 1963. It first appeared in the famous Betty Crocker Cooky Book (yes they spelled “cookie” like that) as a variation of the “Ting-A-Ling”, but somehow the Haystacks took off while the Ting-A-Ling never did. They didn’t originally have peanut butter in them (see note *), but who added that and why was beyond my culinary sleuthing skills.


  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1/2 package or 6 ounces butterscotch morsels

  • 1 can can chow mein noodles


  • Melt peanut butter and butterscotch together. Can be done on the stove top or in a microwave. Pour over noodles; mix well. Drop by 2-tablespoon blobs on waxed paper; freeze for a couple of hours until firm. May be stored in a loose fitting topped cookie jar. Makes about 30, depending on how large you make them.


  • * The original Haystack recipe:
    12 ounces of butterscotch morsels
    1 cup Spanish peanuts
    1 to 2 cups chow mein noodles

    Directions are similar to above.
  • Dann Woeller, The Food Etymologist, has an incredibly well-researched article on the History of the Haystack.
  • Photo by Tom Britt under Creative Commons license.


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Very easy and SUPER delicious!!!!
- Diann

My step mom use too make these when I was younger and I decided to make these for my daughter and my boyfriend both of whom never had them. They loved them and they are a hit in my house. Already getting asked to make them again.
- A Baker

My favorite cookie. My mother has made these as long as I can remember!
- Bridgette

My mother in law makes these for my husband and I every year and I love them ... never had them til I married him... wow 2 winners (husband and candy)
- A Baker

O.M.G.!!!! Wonderfull everyone loves them, will make every year!
- Acbamy
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