Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks are the perfect combination of salt, sweet, and crunchy! You cannot go wrong with easy haystack cookies with butterscotch, chocolate, and chow mein noodles.

chocolate butterscotch haystacks on wax paper.

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What are Haystacks made of?

I know the term haystack can be a little misleading but, they are called haystacks because the cookie resembles a haystack. Don’t worry, there is no hay in these delicious cookies!

Instead, you will make the cookies with chow mein noodles, chocolate, and butterscotch. This combination will produce the most amazing chow mein butterscotch haystacks you’ve ever had.

These no bake haystack cookies are the perfect addition to your list of homemade Christmas cookies to make and share with friends and family.

Haystacks Ingredients

You’ll be able to find everything you need at your local grocery store for these chow mein noodle cookies. Here’s a handy list of the simple ingredients needed to make these tasty treats.

  • Semi-sweet Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Chow Mein noodles
chocolate butterscotch haystacks ingredients on a tray.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is perfect for being creative. You can substitute ingredients or add more things to this recipe to suit what you and your family like. Here are a few of my favorite things to add to these butterscotch haystacks:

  • Nuts
  • M&M’s
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups chopped up
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Crushed Pretzels
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • White Chocolate Chips

How to Make Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

  1. Combine chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over hot water until melted, stirring occasionally until blended and smooth.
  2. Remove the melted chocolate mixture from the heat and stir in the noodles.
chocolate butterscotch haystacks mixture in a bowl.
  1. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed or parchment paper. Let stand until firm.
chocolate butterscotch haystacks no bake cookies on wax paper.

Tips for Making the Perfect Butterscotch Haystacks

Sometimes getting no-bake cookies to set properly can be difficult. Use these tips to help make the best haystack cookies:

Use a Double Boiler

When you melt the chocolate and butterscotch using a double boiler, you are less likely to burn the chocolate mixture, which can cause it to seize and prevent it from setting properly. When you use the microwave, the chocolate can get overheated.

Use Wax Paper

When you are ready to drop the haystacks, make sure you are using wax paper. This will allow the cookies to set but not stick to the paper.

Spray Your Spoon with Nonstick Spray

Once the cookie mix is ready to drop, coat your metal spoon with nonstick cooking spray. This helps the cookie slide off the spoon to give you the best “drop” to form the haystacks without having to use your fingers.

Use Two Spoons when Dropping the Cookies

Using two spoons will avoid having to use your fingers when dropping the cookies on the wax paper. Use one spoon to scrape out the scoop from the other spoon.

How long does it take the chocolate and butterscotch to set?

After you have dropped the cookies onto the wax paper, it is best to let them sit for 30 to 40 minutes before picking them up and moving them to a container or serving tray.

If you need them to set faster, I would suggest placing the wax paper on a cookie sheet BEFORE you drop the cookies onto it, and then place the cookie sheet in the fridge. This should speed up the time that the cookies need to set.

How to Store Haystacks

These haystacks can be stored in an airtight container either on your counter or in the refrigerator. I would not suggest a bag though, as they can break and fall apart easily if they are not protected.

Can You Freeze Haystack Cookies?

Yes! These chow mein noodle cookies freeze wonderfully! Just store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Take them out of the freezer at least 12 hours before you need them and set them out at room temperature to thaw.

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Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

These chocolate butterscotch haystacks are great no-bake cookies.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butterscotch Haystacks, Candy, Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks, Chocolate Haystacks, Cookies, Haystacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 141kcal


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces butterscotch chips
  • 5 ounces chow mein noodles


  • Combine the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over hot water until melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat, and stir in the noodles.
  • Drop rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until firm.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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