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.