Peanut Butter Haystacks


This haystack recipe uses peanut butter, butterscotch chips, noodles, and peanuts to make this sweet and salty candy.

a close up view of a couple of peanut butter haystacks on a galvanized serving tray.
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
24 haystacks

Peanut butter haystacks are sweet, salty, and easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. This haystacks recipe is sure to become a staple in your cookie rotation.

Haystacks Ingredients

This haystacks recipe comes together easily with just four ingredients (and a sheet of wax paper):

· Butterscotch chips: This haystacks recipe calls for butterscotch chips, but you can use peanut butter chips if you prefer a nuttier flavor.
· Peanut butter: Make sure to use creamy peanut butter, not chunky, for this recipe.
· Chow mein noodles: Chow mein noodles add welcome crunch and give the dessert a "haystack" shape.
· Peanuts: Try to find salted peanuts. If you can't, add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.

How to Make Haystacks

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these peanut butter haystacks:

1. Melt the chips and peanut butter together in a double boiler or in the microwave.
2. Stir the noodles and the peanuts into the peanut butter mixture.
3. Drop the mixture by the spoonful on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
4. Cool at room temperature until set.

How to Store Haystacks

Store the peanut butter haystacks at room temperature in an airtight container. If you stack them, place a sheet of wax paper between the layers to prevent sticking.

Can You Freeze Haystacks?

Yes! Arrange the cooled haystacks in a single layer on a baking sheet and flash freeze for a few hours or up to overnight. When they're frozen, transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag and wrap in foil. Freeze flat for up to three months.

a eye level close-up view looking at a single peanut butter haystack with a few peanut butter chips sitting in front.


Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Delicious," raves Erin Camensky. "The saltiness of the chow mein noodles and peanuts goes perfectly with the sweetness of the butterscotch! I LOVE these, but I ate almost the whole batch by myself."

"Unbelievably simple and delicious," according to SweetTooth. "After tasting at a cookie swap, I immediately looked up the recipe. I followed others' advice and flattened mine a little to make it easier to bite."

"Yum," says Kimberly Kiernan. "I made these around Christmas time. I did not have peanuts on hand but did have walnuts. I just chopped them coarsely and mixed them in. So yummy!!!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • waxed paper

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • 2 cups chow mein noodles

  • ½ cup salted peanuts


  1. Line a baking tray with waxed paper.

    parchment-lined tray

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  2. Place butterscotch chips and peanut butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir frequently, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until melted, about 5 minutes.

    melted peanut butter and butterscotch

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar

  3. Stir noodles and peanuts into melted peanut butter mixture.

    noodles and peanuts

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar

  4. Drop dough by forkfuls onto the prepared tray. Allow to cool at room temperature until set.

    dropping haystacks with fork

    Allrecipes/Madhumita Sathishkumar


You may use a microwave if you don't have a double boiler.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

219 Calories
15g Fat
17g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 219
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 5g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 145mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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