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Peanut Butter Haystacks

This easy 4 ingredient dessert is sweet, salty, and endlessly snackable! Great make-ahead recipe for game day gatherings and potlucks!

Hand holding a peanut butter haystack.

This recipe comes with two warnings: 1) it doesn’t make nearly enough and 2) if you decide to set them by placing them on cookie sheets in the cold winter air, even plastic wrap will not deter squirrels from eating several of them.

I’m serious. They’re lucky they’re so cute – I was not happy to find little bite marks and missing pieces!

Anyway, they’re divine and super easy, and they taste just like the ones my aunts always made when I was little. Woohoo!

Bowl of peanut butter haystacks.

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Hand holding a peanut butter haystack.

Peanut Butter Haystacks

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


This easy 4 ingredient dessert is sweet, salty, and endlessly snackable! Great make-ahead recipe for game day gatherings and potlucks!


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  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, parchment paper, or wax paper.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt together butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Stir until smooth. (You could also do this on the stovetop over a double boiler if desired).
  3. Add chow mein noodles peanuts and stir gently to combine.
  4. Drop mixture by forkfuls onto lined pans. Let sit until solidified (you can transfer them to the refrigerator, if desired, to speed up the process).


Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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