Haystack Cookies, made with chow mein noodles and butterscotch chips, are a true no bake cookie that takes minutes to make, set and eat! Haystacks are perfect to make with kids because they are so easy and are amazingly delicious to eat. Do not forget to customize your cookie with sprinkles!
Melting down Butterscotch - while no bake cookies and treats are super fun and super kid friendly, any time you are melting down baking chips of any time there can be some frustration. The key to having a positive experience is PATIENCE. Your butterscotch is added to a microwave safe bowl and heated for 20 seconds at a time. Pull out, stir, 20 seconds back in, until completely melted. Be careful, the chips (and bowl) can get quite hot.
DO NOT OVERHEAT or you will end up with a hard mess. My butterscotch chips took about 1 minute 30 seconds to fully melt down.
Create Your Cookies - Now dump your chow mein can into the butterscotch chips and stir until completely incorporated together. This is a thick mixture so you may need a spoon to dig down and get all the chow mein noddles covered.
Set - Use a 1 tablespoon scoop (or 2 spoons) to carefully lift out the haystacks and add in little stacks on your parchment paper. Depending on how big you make your cookies, you can get 14-18 haystacks out of each one. Once done, you can add bits of nuts, candy, or sprinkles before they set.
Cool Completely - To quickly harden the butterscotch, put your baking sheet into the refrigerator or freezer. It takes approx 5 minutes to harden to touch in freezer or 6-8 minutes in fridge. I prefer freezer to initially set cookies
Storage - Once completely hardened, store in a gallon size zip lock container or air tight Tupperware. Because these cookies are so easy to make and set wonderfully, they also make a great cookie to bring to office parties, classrooms, and to send home with people as gifts.