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