My haystacks recipe is the perfect no-bake cookie combo of sweet, salty, and crunchy!
These are perfect any time you need a quick, tasty treat. Soothe your baking stress with three easy ingredients and no oven time! Plus, you can top them with holiday sprinkles for any holiday (green for St. Patrick’s Day! Red, white, and blue for July 4th!).
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned baker, this recipe should be on your go-to list along with my butterscotch haystacks, rice Krispie treats, and scotcheroos. Grab the kids — these cookies are a family event!
There are so many haystacks recipes online! Each chef claims theirs is best — but I promise you, mine beats them all. Why? This is my grandmother’s tried and true recipe!
- Three ingredients!
- Sweet, salty, and crunch all in one
- Great for bake sales, potlucks, and parties.
- The variations are endless!
- Perfect to make with kids
How To Make Haystacks Recipe
This recipe is so simple that you don’t have to have any cooking experience!
Start by combining your chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt for 30 seconds, stir, and then continue melting in 15-second intervals until the chocolate is silky.
Fold in your chow mein noodles (and any extras like nuts, peanut butter, or M&M’s) and drop that luscious, lumpy mixture in spoonfuls onto your cookie sheet. Put them in the fridge to set.
From start to finish, you’re looking at a half-hour, tops!
My haystack cookies should be a staple at every cookie bake sale! Melted chocolate, butterscotch chips, and chow mein noodles mix and harden into bites of crunchy, sweet perfection.
With so few ingredients and such simple execution, what could go wrong? Nothing, if I have any say about it!
Haystack Candy Ingredient Notes
Three ingredients — and an endless array of variations! My grandmother’s haystack cookies recipe includes only semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chow mein noodles. However, these yummy drop cookies have such a versatile flavor that anything goes!
Chow Mein Noodles – These are the cornerstone of the recipe! They add an amazing flavor with a happy little crunch in every bite. You’re looking for the fried noodles in a can, not lo mein noodles! The two are very different. Chow mein noodles can be found in the Asian section of your supermarket. The brand I buy is La Choy.
Chocolate – This recipe uses semisweet chocolate chips, but go with your heart! Dark chocolate is equally delicious, and white chocolate brings a lovely light twist. Watch out for the melting times though — the different types of chocolate can have varying melting methods.
Butterscotch Chips – When melting butterscotch chips in this recipe, it’s important to make sure they don’t burn/scorch. Keep with the 15-second intervals recommended in the recipe. There should be a few chips left unmelted when you do the final stir. Patience is the key to silky smooth melted chocolate!
- Chips vigorously stirred after 45 seconds on high.
- Chips vigorously stirred after additional 15 seconds on high.
- Chips vigorously stirred after 15 seconds more on high.
*** NOTE: You may need more 15-second intervals. Everyone’s microwave cooks a little differently***
Variations: You can tweak these to taste anyway you please, but there are a couple of popular add-on ingredients that guarantee a flavor twist that won’t disappoint.
- Peanut Butter: You can simply switch out the butterscotch chips for peanut butter chips! So delicious!
- Marshmallows: If you’ll make haystack cookies with marshmallows, melt your chocolate/candies and then fold chow mein noodles and marshmallows in together.
Haystack Desserts Storing Tips
One of the main reasons I love this recipe is for how easily the resulting treats store! Counter, fridge, freezer — it does it all!
Can You Freeze Them?
Since this recipe is easy to double and even triple, many people wonder if you can freeze the leftovers. Yes! Haystack cookies freeze like a dream.
Once they’ve set in the fridge, toss them in a gallon Ziploc bag and into the freezer. They’re actually pretty delicious straight out of the freezer!
You can store them in the freezer for up to six months.
Make Ahead Tips
Since there are only three ingredients and two of those ingredients are melted chocolate chips, you can’t prep any of this recipe in advance. But since they store so well, you can always make them well ahead of time and store until you need them!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
Use the same methods as freezer storage — in an airtight container — and you can store them in the fridge for up to three months.
Now, the fun part! What flavors are you craving? Let’s add them to the haystacks recipe!
- For peanut butter lovers try no bake peanut butter bars.
- Add marshmallows and coat it with flaked coconut to make church window cookies.
- If you have pretzel on hand, turn this into peanut butter pretzel bites.
- Use white chocolate and melt caramel squares for a polar bear paws candy treat!
- Sneak in some rum and bourbon with rum balls.
Need more easy cookies like this recipe? Never fear!
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 11 ounces butterscotch chips
- 4 cups crispy chow mein noodles, about 3 (3-ounce) cans
- Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper.
- In a microwave-safe bowl combine the semisweet chocolate chips and the butterscotch chips.
- Cook in the microwave, on high, for 45 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave and vigorously stir the chips. If needed, microwave at additional 15-second intervals, stirring (yes, vigorously!) between each interval, until the chips are smooth and melted.
- Add chow mein noodles and gently fold until they're evenly coated.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Place in the fridge, 10-15 minutes, or until cookies are set.
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