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Haystack Cookies are a quick and easy no-bake dessert everyone loves. Chow mein noodles & nuts give them a great crunch and they’re coated in a peanut butter & butterscotch coating!!

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haystack cookie on a sheet of waxed paper

These cookies always take me back to my childhood. It’s one of those treats I completely forget about until I see a bag of chow mein noodles in the grocery store! I don’t even know what is “normal” to do with chow mein noodles, because in my eyes, these Haystack Cookies are the only option!! 🙂

Ingredients needed for haystack cookies

Ingredients Needed for Haystack Cookies

  • Chow Mein Noodles
  • Salted (or lightly salted) peanuts or other nuts (my favorite to use is cashews!)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter and/or Butterscotch Chips (I like to use 1 cup of each!)

Fun ways to top Haystack Cookies

Don’t get me wrong, haystack cookies are delicious just as is! However, I love playing around with different toppings! Try toffee bits, sprinkles, or a pretty chocolate drizzle! This is a great way to get the kids involved, too. Just be sure to add the toppings right away, so they stick onto the cookies before they’re set up.

My Other Favorite No-Bake Treats

No Bake Peanut Butter Treats are soft, chewy bites sure to satisfy that sweet tooth! Just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes needed for these tasty treats!

No Bake S’mores Bars will remind you of a classic s’mores, but with a whole lot less mess!!

Peanut Clusters are always a delicious treat! With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep, you’ll have these ready in a jiff!

Lemon Rice Krispie Treats are a little bit sweet, a little bit tart and bursting with lots of lemon flavor! It’s a rice krispie treat variation you’ll want to make again and again!

Best Ever Scotcheroos have rich chocolate and butterscotch covering the creamy, crispy, peanut-buttery base layer. These are truly the “best ever!”

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Haystack Cookies

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
18 cookies
Haystack Cookies are a quick and easy no-bake dessert everyone loves. Chow mein noodles & nuts give them a great crunch and they're coated in a peanut butter & butterscotch coating!!


  • 2 cups butterscotch and/or peanut butter chips*
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • One 5 ounce pkg chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup cashews, peanuts or other nuts


  • Line two baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the chips and peanut butter.
  • Microwave at 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the chow mein noodles and nuts and stir until coated.
  • Use a cookie scoop or a spoon to drop onto the waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until set, and remove from the waxed paper.


*I find that using all butterscotch chips makes them overly sweet, so my favorite is 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1 cup peanut butter chips!


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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