Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

by Erin

These butterscotch haystack cookies are easy, no-bake, and delicious. Made with crispy chow mein noodles, potato, or pretzel sticks they are sure to please a crowd.

Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

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Want a quick dessert? Here it is. My mom made these over Christmas but I just now got the recipe from her. I had a craving and had to call her up in order to remedy it. Apparently you are supposed to use these stick-like noodle thingys (do you like my really technical terms?), but when she made them last she used pretzels instead because she couldn’t find chow mein noodles or potato sticks – but I LOVE it with pretzels!

As an added bonus, I didn’t have to turn on the oven which is nice because living on the third floor when the temperatures start to warm up here in Memphis, makes me not want to cook to avoid excessive warmth. 70s are my perfect temperatures which is where we’ve been this week, but I fear the onslaught of 100+ degrees and humidity that will soon be here. Ick.

Mom's Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

10 years later…

My mother passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 12th, 2021. She had been in and out of the hospital/PT rehab for the last two months due to recurring UTI infections and seemed to be making progress, until one day she no longer was. Even then we were not given any reason to believe she was on the brink. We were working tirelessly to find her the best care possible, but then one day she was gone.

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I’ve been an emotional disaster ever since. Writing this is incredibly difficult and painful. I thought we had so many years left together and I feel robbed. Especially after COVID stole an entire year from us. She was truly one of a kind, had the biggest heart I’ve ever known, and painfully optimistic. I hope I never forget her laugh. I love you and will miss you forever.

I made these to share with family when we gathered together for her funeral last weekend. I plan to remake several of her other recipes in the near future as well in her honor. In the meantime, these cookies have also inspired a chubby hubby and Christmas versions as well.

Post updated 4/19/20, photo above is the original.

Butterscotch Haystack Cookies


Yield: 2 dozen Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  1. In a double boiler, melt chips and peanut butter, stirring frequently.
  2. Once completely melted, add nuts and potato sticks, mix until fully coated.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.


* Or chow mein noodles, or stick pretzels broken in half

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Janet December 21, 2022 - 11:34 am

Thank you for this post! My mother, too, made these every year (until she couldn’t) with the chow mien noodles. She passed away in June after years of dementia. This will be our first Christmas without her here and these were my dad’s favorites so I was going to make them this year but couldn’t find the noodles. Good to know that you can use pretzel sticks!
I’m sorry for your loss. It’s so, so hard losing your mother.

Erin December 21, 2022 - 6:58 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss as well, my heart breaks for you and your family. I hope you enjoy these and they bring back fond memories!

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