This Bird Nest Butterscotch Haystack recipe is fast, easy, and most importantly, delicious. These butterscotch haystack cookies are so good, and they make the perfect Easter treat.
I mean you don’t have to use butterscotch morsels, you can simply use chocolate, peanut butter, caramel chips, or a combination of those. And the best part? Yes, there is an even better part. This butterscotch haystack cookie recipe is also no-bake, too!
Anytime I can create a delicious dessert that hits every part of my sweet craving tastebuds, I’m happy! Who knew that this chow mein noodle-filled butterscotch haystack cookie recipe would become one of my all-time favorite desserts?!
Butterscotch Haystack Recipe
While I tend to make this haystack cookie recipe more during the Easter holiday and spring months, there’s nothing saying that you can’t make it anytime that you want.
We not only use butterscotch chips but we rotate between peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel too. We also combine and use more than one kind of chip to make these amazing haystacks.
Think Chocolate and caramel or peanut butter and chocolate. The list goes on. Choose your favorites and try them first with our easy haystack cookie recipe. I am pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.
This butterscotch haystack cookie recipe, or chocolate haystacks or whichever flavor you prefer, never disappoints. I mean how could it?
It’s one of those homemade dessert recipes that is NEVER a bad idea! I’ve made this recipe numerous times and I’m always impressed by how delicious and simple it is.
It’s become my go-to dessert recipe when I need something dependable and something fast. This haystack cookie recipe literally never lets me down.
Butterscotch Haystack Recip with Chow Mein Noodles
I know what you’re thinking…chow mein noodles as the main ingredient in cookies? I can’t explain, I just know it’s good. Maybe it’s the huge crunch factor that they bring to this cookie recipe?
Or maybe it’s the fact that they’re just funky and fun and really don’t have much flavor, making them perfect to let the other tastes of this cookie shine.
Maybe this butterscotch haystack cookie recipe is so good with chow mein noodles because they add a bit of saltiness to the sweetness of the recipe.
Actually, it’s not a maybe. It’s all of the above. Chow mein noodles add so much flavor and texture to these butterscotch haystack cookies. They really do make them work so well.
Trust me on this. Chow mein noodles in this cookie recipe are a perfect example of how something so unexpected can lead to something so delicious.
Why are they called haystack cookies?
Take a peek at them! They look just like haystacks, right? I just love how fun and funky they are and this is where they get that fun name, too.
This is one of those cookies where the name is totally fitting to what it looks like! This just makes sense to me and is probably why they’re always on my mind!
Some people also call them bird nest cookies, and you can see why. When you add little Easter egg candies to the top of these cookies, they absolutely look like bird nests.
Whatever you call them, they are absolutely delicious!
Why are my butterscotch chips not melting?
If you’re finding that you’re having trouble melting the butterscotch chips, just add a bit of vegetable oil or butter and try again. This will help to stir and melt it nice and smooth.
How long are no bake cookies good for?
While I doubt that they make it this long, they’re going to be good for 2-3 weeks after you make them. The key is to keep them in an airtight container so that they stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible.
Remember, whenever you’re storing anything, the air is always your enemy, so be sure your container seals well.
Even though this is how I make my recipe, there are a few different butterscotch haystack recipes out there. I challenge you to try a few different varieties and see which one you like the best.
What is a substitute for butterscotch chips?
If you don’t want to use butterscotch chips, you could try to use any other type of chip that you want. This is a super simple way to alter the flavor easily!
Besides butterscotch chips and peanut butter, there are caramel and chocolate chips too. Remember to use a combination if desired. It’s always nice to change things up.
Ingredients for the Butterscotch Haystack Recipe
It only takes four ingredients to create this super easy butterscotch haystack cookie recipe. The only thing simpler than the ingredient list is actually making the cookies. All you need to make this haystack dessert is found below.
- 6 oz white almond bark
- 12 oz butterscotch chips (caramel, chocolate and peanut butter chips, or any combination, work great too)
- 3 cups chow mein noodles
- spring colored M&M’s, chocolate eggs, or whatever decorations you can find at your local grocery store
As you can see, it’s not a hard process at all. You’ll be enjoying these no-bake haystacks in no time at all!
How do you make butterscotch haystacks?
The process for making this dessert isn’t hard at all. Make certain that you use parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking.
The first thing you’ll do is melt your chocolate.
True, you can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. I always prefer the microwave. So much easier in my opinion.
To melt the butterscotch chips, or whatever chips you’re using in the microwave, add them to a glass bowl or microwave-safe bowl or dish, in 30-second bursts or intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and melted.
The chips should be melted all the way through. The stirring in between timeframes is key as it helps to disperse the heat and melt the chips.
Add your crunchy chow mein noodles and gently stir until coated. Fold them in and be careful not to break them. They’re hard but still fragile.
Grab a spoon and drop the mixture by the spoonful on the baking sheet covered in parchment or wax paper.
As nests begin to harden press into the center of each to make a place to put your M&M’s or Easter eggs.
Can you freeze haystacks for later?
I’m sure you probably can but I wouldn’t. Since this is such a fast and easy recipe, just make them fresh for the best taste and flavor.
If you feel like you want to freeze them, just make certain that you’re doing all that you can to keep the freezer air out. The last thing that you want is freezer-burnt cookies! I recommend using a vacuum sealer if you have one. This will allow you to remove as much of the air as possible, keeping your cookies fresher longer.
Fun Additions for Haystack Cookies
The great part about this haystack cookie recipe is that you can easily change them up as well. Add in some slivered almonds and shredded coconut to really take the taste and flavor over the top.
Sprinkles are always a good idea, too.
And since there are so many fun colors of M&M’s, just change out the colors for the holiday season and create these festive treats all year long!
I know that I can literally eat these butterscotch haystack cookies all the time without any sort of issue at all.
What can you use besides chow mein noodles?
This is a hard switch since they’re the main ingredient in the butterscotch haystack recipe. However, if you’re wanting to not have the noodles and try something different, why not just change up the entire recipe and have fun with it.
Rice Krispies would be a fun addition and corn flakes would as well. Either one of these would still give this butterscotch or chocolate haystacks dessert that crunch but also a fun and sweet flavor, too.
As you can tell, this is a pretty versatile haystack cookie recipe that has a lot of forgiveness to it, too. If you want to try different flavors and textures and tastes, go for it! You’re going to find yourself creating a unique and delicious cookie all for your very self!
Other Butterscotch Haystack Recipe Changes
If you haven’t guessed it by now – EVERYTHING! These butterscotch haystack cookies might just be the most versatile cookie recipe ever invented.
Don’t like butterscotch? Change the chips you melt for the recipe.
Not interested in chow mein noodles? This makes me sad by the way. Try Rice Krispies. You could also go with oatmeal the way you would in a no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie.
This recipe can be changed as much or as little as you like, and there is literally NO wrong way to do it! It’s all about fun and experimentation.
That being said, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try as-is first. It really is so good, you should taste it once before changing it up.
Try This Butterscotch Haystack Recipe Today
These butterscotch haystack cookies are so delicious and easy to make, they deserve to be a part of your dessert rotation. With such limited ingredients and super short creation time, they’re just about the easiest cookies you’ll ever make.
And because you can change literally every part of the recipe, they’re also the most versatile cookies you’ll ever make. From the first ingredient to the last, you can switch things up to get all kinds of different flavors.
Give this recipe a try, and I’m sure you and your family will agree that this is one of the best cookie recipes you’ve ever had.
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Did this post on butterscotch haystack cookies activate your sweet tooth? I have even more delicious sweet treats for you to try. All of the recipes below are absolutely delicious and are always crowd pleasers. After you’ve tried these butterscotch haystack cookies try some of the recipes below. They’re so good.
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Butterscotch Haystack Recipe Video
Butterscotch Haystack Bird Nests Recipe
- rimmed baking sheet
- 6 oz white bark
- 12 oz butterscotch chips, (caramel, chocolate and peanut butter chips, or any combination, work great too)
- 3 cups chow mein noodles
- spring colored M&M's
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Melt white bark and butterscotch chips or whatever knd of chips you're using, in microwave save dish, in 30 second bursts or intervals, stirring in between each interval.
- Stir until smooth and melted.
- Add chow mein noodles and gently stir until coated.
- Place spoonfuls on top of your prepared baking sheet. As nests begin to harden press into the center of each to make a place to put your M&M's or eggs.
- Place M&M's in center and allow to harden inside your fridge.
- Serve and enjoy every bite.