These no-bake butterscotch haystacks are one of our family’s favorite christmas cookie recipes. Get the recipe for these and many more delicious holiday cookies.
Welcome to our virtual holiday cookie exchange. Thirty foodie bloggers are sharing our favorite Christmas cookie recipes all this week, and I’m bringing my family-favorite no-bake butterscotch haystacks to the party.
They’re a family holiday tradition, just like my grandma’s icebox fruitcake.
The good thing about a virtual cookie party is that you get to enjoy all the yummy goodness and temptation without the calories!
Warning: do not view these recipes on an empty stomach. We are not responsible for any snack attacks that result!
I’m sharing my easy-to-make, no-bake Butterscotch Haystacks.
I’m pretty sure this recipe originated in the 1960s or 1970s, the heyday of chicken chow mein from a can.
Because Chinese chow mein noodles are one of the three ingredients you need to make them.
Yep, you read that right. These tasty morsels require only three ingredients! And no turning on the oven.
Heck, you don’t even have to use the stove to melt the butterscotch chips. Just zap those babies in the microwave. That’s my kind of holiday baking!
- 10 ounces Chinese chow mein noodles
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 16 ounces butterscotch chips
Line baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper.
Combine the chow mein noodles and dry roasted peanuts in a large bowl.
Melt the butterscotch chips in the microwave or over a double boiler.
Pour the melted butterscotch over the noodles and peanuts. Use a spatula or your hands to stir the mixture, making sure the noodles and peanuts are completely coated in butterscotch. (If the mixture seems too dry, add more melted butterscotch.)
Drop by spoonful onto wax paper or parchment and allow to cool.
When you make these haystack cookies, you need to work quickly. You’ll find that the melted butterscotch cools and hardens pretty quickly. That’s a good thing because you can eat these cookies just minutes after you make them. But it also means you can’t dawdle over the process.
When I hosted my extended family on my dad’s side for Christmas I served Grandma’s butterscotch haystacks. They were a big hit and a source of many shared memories. The memories and stories make the cookies even sweeter.
I’m glad I got to share this easy, family recipe as part of the virtual cookie exchange. Please visit the following blogs to see the other Christmas cookie recipes.
More Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Fruitcake Cookies
- Lemon Oatmeal Lacies
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Squares
- Cranberry Pecan White Chocolate Cookies
- M&M’s Ultimate Chocolate Cookies
- Peanut Butter Pleasure Cookies
- Handpainted Wreath Sugar Cookies
- Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
- Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
- Pecan Meltaway Balls
- Farmer Cookies
- Cranberry Kringles
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
- Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies
- Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
- Iced Ginger Cookies
- Monster Cookies
- Coconut Pistachio Ice Cookies
- Jean’s Fruitcake Cookies
- Truffle Mice
- Caramel Toffee without Nuts
- Santa’s Thumbprint Cookies
- Pecan Pie Cookies
- Russian Tea Ball Cookies
- Mini Lady Locks
- Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe
- Georgia Tea Cakes
- Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Chocolate Snowball Cookies
- Rolo Cookies
Do you have any Christmas cookie recipes you make year after year?