A No Bake Holiday Treat

These no bake haystack cookies are perfect to take to a holiday cookie exchange or gift your neighbors, teachers, or co-workers this time of year. I first made these cookies over a decade ago when I needed a cookie that was easy to prepare for a cookie exchange with two toddlers under foot. This recipe made a batch large enough to share with a crowd and had the makings to be a hit with the other guests. Haystack cookies proved to be so popular that I have continued to make them ever since. Followers of my blog know that I am a big fan of anything that combines salty and sweet. This recipe is no exception. The sweet butterscotch and chocolate mixture combined with  salty peanuts and mixed together with crunchy chow mien noodles make this a treat that will have you coming back for more! 

Haystack Cookie Recipe

makes approximately  3 dozen cookies

no bake cookies


  • 2 bags butterscotch chips
  • 2 bags chocolate chips
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 12 oz. bag of chow mein noodles


Combine chocolate and butterscotch chips. Melt chips over low heat until smooth in a double boiler. Add peanuts and chow mein noodles. If mixture seems a bit thin add a few more nuts and noodles, in equal amounts. Remove from heat. Drop a spoonful of mixture onto a waxed or parchment  paper lined tray.  Let cool in the refrigerator until set. Can be made ahead and stored in the freezer.

Tip: If you don’t have a double boiler you can fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once water comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium.  Rest a heat proof bowl on top of the sauce pan and add chips to the bowl. Stir until chips are completely melted.  You can also melt chips in the microwave. Heat in 30 second increments, then stir,  until chips are completely melted. 

After the cookies have had time to set  in the refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes, they are ready to be packaged. I place them in a decorative bag, tie it with string and add a gift tag. Click here to download a free page of six printable gift tags. I recommend printing the tags on card stock. 

Do you have a no fail cookie recipe that you make every holiday season? 


  1. ABaccei

    December 13, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Those look great! We just made one that uses chex cereal and white chocolate

    1. Parker

      December 13, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Yum! I would love to get your recipe. I’m a big fan of Chex. Are they GF too since Chex is the main ingredient?

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