Monday, December 21, 2020

Holiday Haystacks


Hello! I'm taking a writing break this week to focus on spending time with my family and being "Christmassy"...which this year does *not* include baking because my oven just died! And because it's 2020, we can't get a replacement until January. Maybe.

So I'm making holiday goodies that do not require an oven. Haystacks fit this category nicely. 

Image from Taste of Home Magazine.

Have you ever made them? They're super easy, and there are lots of ways to vary them. I make them with equal parts chocolate and butterscotch chips. My mom is a pure chocolate fan, no butterscotch for her, but I've seen others where the opposite is the case and the chocolate is omitted. Instead of chow mein noodles, you can use broken up pretzel sticks.

Here's my recipe:

  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 12 oz butterscotch chips
  • 2 cups dry (crunchy) chow mein noodles
  • 2 cups peanuts
  1. Melt the chips in a double boiler or, my preferred method, in a glass bowl in the microwave, high heat 30 seconds at a time until they're melted and easy to stir together.
  2. Mix in the noodles and peanuts. 
  3. Place by rounded spoonfuls on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. 
  4. Refrigerate until set. 
That's it! Easy peasy. And sooo good.

Do you have a favorite variation?


Susanne Dietze is the author of over twenty inspirational romances. Her Christmas novella, While Shepherds Watch are Keeping, is part of Love's Pure Light.


  1. Easy peasy if you have the ingredients. I think I had these years ago. Can't recall the last time I bought chow mein noodles but I admit I like them plain as a snack and they have the perfect crunch to go with the chocolate/butterscotch. Yum! thanks Susie!

  2. I have that no-bake one that has oats and peanut butter, cocoa powder and maybe crisco? Another one I haven't made in... decades. But I see a lot of photos of them.

  3. These look fun and easy for kids to make. I'll have to send this recipe to my daughter. She has several young children.

  4. I've heard so much about these over the years, but I've never had them. When my daughters were little, we made OH SO MANY COOKIES, but the recipe that became our surviving staple was for Russian Tea Cookies - those delicious confections that look like pfeffernusse but are really just butter, flour, confectioner's sugar and pecans.


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