How to Make Butterscotch Haystacks


An effortless, no-bake treat, butterscotch haystacks are satisfyingly sweet and crunchy. Many recipes call for pairing melted butterscotch chips with chow mein noodles, but this variation uses potato sticks to provide a salty savoriness that complements the sweetness of butterscotch. The addition of creamy peanut butter punches up the flavor of rich butterscotch, and semi-sweet chocolate chips lend a decadent sweetness. After a quick melt in the microwave, the haystacks assemble quickly, but the hard part is waiting for the treats to harden before enjoying.

Start to Finish: 15 minutes, plus 2 hours to harden

Servings: Around 2 dozen

Difficulty Level: Beginner


  • 1 1/2 cups potato sticks

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Step 1: Melt the Chips

Combine the butterscotch chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Stir to combine. If the chips are not completely melted, microwave for an additional 15 seconds.

Step 2: Stir to Combine

Stir in the peanut butter until combined. Fold in the potato sticks, until completely coated.

Step 3: Make the Haystacks

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Use a spoon to scoop out a heaping spoonful of the haystack mixture and drop it onto the wax paper. The mixture should slightly flatten out and look like a haystack. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.

Step 4: Refrigerate to Harden

Put the baking sheet of butterscotch haystacks in the refrigerator and let harden, around 2 hours.

Substitutions and Variations

The beauty of haystacks is that they can be easily modified. Instead of potato sticks, use chow mein noodles or pretzel sticks. Corn flakes also work in a pinch, providing desired crunch.

Swap out semi-sweet chocolate chips for dark, or use white chocolate chips instead.

Substitute peanut butter chips for peanut butter.


  • The addition of **mini marshmallows or nuts** like **cashews or peanuts** adds a flavorful and texturally interesting twist.

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