The best classic Butterscotch Haystacks Recipe! A delicious cookie made with crunchy chow mein noodles and butterscotch chips.
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There's nothing better than classic holiday cookies and candies. Haystacks, of course, are always on the list of must bake holiday cookies! However Snowball Cookies, Nutella Cookies and Fudge are right up there with them!
Butterscotch haystack cookies are one of the easiest cookies you can make. You only need 2 ingredients: butterscotch chips and chow mein noodles!
These delicious butterscotch cookies are a must try this holiday season!
Why we love Haystacks Cookies
There's so much to love about Haystacks Cookies! Here are some reasons why we love them:
- Easy to make: You only need 2 ingredients and about 10 minutes to make these delicious cookies! Some recipes call for marshmallows or peanut butter but you don't need it!
- Nostalgic: These are a classic holiday cookie that so many families enjoy!
Ingredients for the Best Haystacks Cookies
To make these haystack cookies you'll need:
You'll also need parchment or wax paper
How to Make A Christmas Haystack
Here's how to make the best butterscotch haystacks:
- Prep - Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the chips - Add the butterscotch chips to a medium bowl. Melt the butterscotch chips in the microwave at 15 second intervals or using the double boil method.
- Combine - Add the chow mein noodles to the melted chips and stir to coat well. Make 18 even piles on the prepared baking sheet.
- Cool - Let the butterscotch haystack cookies sit to harden for around 30 minutes.
Tips for making the best Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
For the smoothest chocolate, use the double boiler method - If you don’t want to melt your baking chips in the microwave, you can use a metal bowl over the top of a pot of boiling water. Be sure the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chips until they’re fully melted with no lumps.
Variations for Haystack Cookies
Use other baking chip flavors: You don’t have to stick with butterscotch if that’s not your flavor. It’s the classic flavor haystacks come in, however, they’re now commonly found in semi sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and even white chocolate. There are a ton of baking chip flavors to choose from.
Make the haystack cookies different colors: Use white chocolate chips and candy coating coloring to change the color of the chocolate. This way, you can make your haystacks any color you choose for your occasion. Do not use water-based food coloring to color your chocolate. This will cause it to seize.
Make your own chow mein noodles: Boil lo mein noodles until al dente. Drain and let dry before heating some grease and frying the noodles until golden brown.
How to Store Easy Haystack Cookies
Freezing: Store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Reheating: Do not reheat forcibly as this will cause the butterscotch coating to melt. This will make the cookies gooey and a mess to handle. Instead, pull them from the fridge or freezer and let them sit until warmed up enough to enjoy.
Common Questions About Butterscotch Haystacks
No, haystacks don't need to be refrigerated. You can simply keep them in a sealed container in the pantry. As long as it’s cool and dry, you’ll have no issues. However, if desired, you can definitely keep them in the fridge or even the freezer as long as they’re in a sealed container.
Haystacks are made of chow mein noodles, coated in melted baking chips. A classic haystack is usually butterscotch flavored. However, you’ll commonly find them in various chocolate flavors now as well. Chow mein noodles are simply lo mein noodles that have been fried to a golden brown crisp. This means you could make your own if you desired to. You’ll simply need to boil the noodles, let them dry, then deep fry them.
How do you melt butterscotch chips for haystacks?
To melt the butterscotch chips for haystacks, you can microwave in 15 second increments or use the double boiler method. Place a metal bowl over the top of a pot of boiling water. Be sure the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chips until they’re fully melted with no lumps.
We don't recommend using ramen noodles for haystacks. They're too thin and don't have the same consistency.
More Easy Cookie Recipes
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cereal
- Banana Bread Cookies
- Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- Lemon Cool Whip Cookies
- Pumpkin Cookies
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the butterscotch chips to a medium, microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.
- Immediately add the chow mein noodles to the bowl and gently mix until they’re coated evenly with the butterscotch.
- Using a large spoon or your hands (sometimes it’s easier this way, although messy) separate the mixture into 18 even piles on the prepared baking sheet.
- Let dry for 30 minutes or until hardened. Enjoy!