Slow Cooker Butterscotch Haystacks


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These Slow Cooker Butterscotch Haystacks are sure to be a yummy crowd-pleaser made with creamy peanut butter, chow mein noodles, butterscotch chips, and crushed nuts.

Another no bake recipe you may want to try is my Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds. Slow Cooker Sea Salt Chocolate Almond Clusters are also a deliciously healthy snack to whip up and snack on any time of the year.

butterscotch haystacks on a plate in front of a crockpot.

What are butterscotch haystacks candies?

Vintage haystacks got their name because despite using chow mein noodles when mixed and dipped in your favorite chocolate chip flavor, they resemble stacks of hay. For this recipe, we use butterscotch chocolate chips combined with peanut butter and a mixture of chopped nuts.

This snack is super versatile meaning you can add a number of things from mini marshmallows to roasted peanuts. It’s all about the flavor and texture. Whether you are holiday baking or want to provide prepared trays for game day, this haystack recipe is a must try. Another vintage style recipe to try is my Slow Cooker Rice Pudding Recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for butterscotch haystacks on a table.
  • Chow Mein Noodles: I use an 11-ounce bag of La Choy brand, which is about 5 cups total.
  • Peanut Butter: The creaminess of the peanut butter enhances the melted chips and tastes great together too.
  • Butterscotch Chips: You’ll need at least two 11-ounce bags to cover the entire bag of noodles.
  • Nut Topping: This is an ice cream topping that is finely chopped pecans, peanuts, and other nuts or you can use chopped peanuts.

Step-by-Step Directions

6 images showing how to make butterscotch haystacks in a slow cooker.

Step One – Add the butterscotch chips, peanut butter, and nut topping. (WAIT TO ADD THE CHOW MEIN NOODLES)

Stir. Set the slow cooker to low.

Let this mixture melt together. Stir every 20 minutes. This will take about 40-60 minutes. Do not let scorch.

Serve and enjoy!

Step Two – Stir. Set the slow cooker to low. Let this mixture melt together, stirring every 20 minutes to prevent sticking. This will take about 40-60 minutes. Do not let scorch.

Step Three – Add the bag of noodles.

Step Four – Stir until the noodles are covered and well blended with the butterscotch mixture.

Step Five -Using two spoons, or and ice cream scoop, make dollops of the mixture onto a baking sheet in a single layer lined with parchment paper or wax paper. The haystacks will harden without being refrigerated. If you are in a hurry you can put in the fridge though.

Step Six – Remove the haystacks from the cookie sheets and place them on a serving platter. Enjoy!

Sheet tray with cooling butterscotch haystacks on it.

How long do these last?

These peanut butter butterscotch haystacks will keep up to a week if you place them in the fridge. You can also freeze your no bake haystacks for up to 3 months. Either way, I highly doubt they will last that long. šŸ™‚

Plate of buttercotch haystacks in front of the slow cooker.

Recipe FAQs

What brand of chips do you recommend?

Toll house morsels are popular because they melt and blend very well.

What other variations of chips can I use?

Chocolate chips and white chocolate chips are delicious and can give it a good taste like the butterscotch morsels. They may not look like brown haystacks but they will definitely still taste as good.

How do I store leftover haystacks?

Place them in an airtight container like a Tupperware or Ziploc bag and either keep them on the kitchen counter or place them in the fridge. They also freeze well.

What should I use to make the perfect serving amounts?

I recommend using an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop. Or using two tablespoons works just as well.

Can I make these using a microwave?

Yes. Simply dump the ingredients – minus the noodles – into a microwave safe bowl (large bowl) and microwave at half power for 30 second increments until melted thoroughly. Then proceed with the remainder of the instructions. Another idea is to use a double boiler.

close up of stack of butterscotch haystacks.

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Plate of buttercotch haystacks in front of the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Butterscotch Haystacks

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 28
Delicious butterscotch chips, peanut butter, chow mein noodles, and a crushed nut finish makes some of the BEST Slow Cooker Butterscotch Haystacks!

Ingredients  

  • 22 oz. butterscotch chips, (two 11-oz. bags)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup nut topping, (this is a ice cream topping that is finely chopped pecans, peanuts and other nuts) or you can use chopped peanuts.
  • 11 oz. crunchy chow mein noodles, (I use La Choy brand) this is about 5 cups

Instructions 

  • Add the butterscotch chips, peanut butter and nut topping. (WAIT TO ADD THE CHOW MEIN NOODLES)
  • Stir. Set the slow cooker to low.
  • Let this mixture melt together. Stir every 20 minutes. This will take about 40-60 minutes. Do not let scorch. Add the bag of noodles after the chips have melted, stir gently.
  • Using two spoons, or and ice cream scoop, make dollops of the mixture onto a baking sheet in a single layer lined with parchment paper or wax paper. The haystacks will harden without being refrigerated. If you are in a hurry you can put in the fridge though. This recipe makes about 28 haystacks.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

  • To store: Place them in an airtight container like a Tupperware or Ziploc bag and either keep them on the kitchen counter or place them in the fridge. They also freeze well.
  • Varitations: Chocolate chips and white chocolate chips are delicious and can give it a good taste like the butterscotch morsels. They may not look like haystacks but they will definitely still taste as good.
  • Microwave directions: Simply dump the ingredients – minus the noodles – into a microwave safe bowl (large bowl) and microwave at half power for 30 second increments until melted thoroughly. Then proceed with the remainder of the instructions. Another idea is to use a double

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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2 Comments

  1. Holly says:

    When to add the chow mein noodles?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Add them when the butterscotch has melted.