Butterscotch haystacks with peanut butter: Easy no-bake cookies from the 60s

Butterscotch haystacks with peanut butter Easy no-bake cookies

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Butterscotch haystacks are a simple vintage dessert made with butterscotch chips, peanut butter and chow mein noodles — a delicious treat that’s been popular since the 1960s.

Butterscotch haystacks with peanut butter are like a cross between a candy and a cookie — an easy-to-make confection that requires no baking! Popular optional mix-ins for these butterscotch haystack cookies include chocolate chips, peanuts, and raisins.

These treats (and ones very similar) have lots of names — we found some called P-nutty Butterscotch Crunchies (1961 — see more about that one below our recipe), Hopscotch (1962), Butterscotch Crunchies (1966), Butterscotch Spoonoodles (1967), Chow Mein Chews (1977),  Hopscotchlers (1983) and Butterscotch Hopscotch (1983).

“Call them what you may, it seems that almost everyone has a recipe for the combination of uncooked Chinese noodles, butterscotch bits and nuts,” wrote Helen Moore in The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) back in February 1981. “I received 27 different names last week from about 95 readers,” she added.

Butterscotch haystacks with peanut butter Easy no-bake cookies
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Butterscotch haystacks/Hopscotch cookies recipe

Oakland Tribune (California) May 16, 1962

A few key ingredients, small butterscotch candies for baking, chow mein noodles, miniature marshmallows and peanut butter, combine for a new cookie-like confection.

You’ll be making Hopscotch cookies again and again through the summer, for they’re a no-bake treat that goes together in minutes.

MORE: Get 7 classic recipes for deliciously decadent old-fashioned 7-layer bars (aka magic cookie bars)

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02/06/2023 11:44 am GMT
Butterscotch haystacks with peanut butter Easy no-bake cookies

Butterscotch haystacks with peanut butter

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Here's an easy vintage dessert made with butterscotch chips, peanut butter and chow mein noodles. They create a butterscotch cookie-like confection that requires no baking!

Popular optional mix-ins for these butterscotch haystack cookies include chocolate chips, peanuts, and raisins.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups canned chow mein noodles

Instructions

  1. Melt butterscotch candies for baking over hot, not boiling, water.
  2. Stir in peanut butter.
  3. In a large bowl, mix miniature marshmallows and chow mein noodles.
  4. Add the heated butterscotch mixture and blend thoroughly, moving quickly to cover the noodles before the mixture begins to firm up.
  5. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill until set — about 30 minutes.

Notes

You can also make these like cookie bars: Spread mixture evenly in greased nine-inch square pan. Chill until set. Makes 36 1-1/2-inch squares.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

Bonus similar recipe: P-nutty butterscotch crunchies (1961)

P-nutty butterscotch crunchies recipe from 1961

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