Peanut Butter Haystacks

I used to make these Peanut Butter Haystacks as a child. They are creamy peanut butter and butterscotch covered chow mein noodle clusters. These easy no-bake treats can be transformed into little monsters by adding some edible sugar eyes. Adapt them by using any cereal you like.

Peanut Butter Haystacks - a recipe from my childhood. Make them plain for Christmas plates or add monster eyes for a scary treat for Halloween. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThe other night after we put the kids to bed, my husband and I were watching TV downstairs and I said, “Do you smell perfume?”

Not just little. It felt like someone next to us had showered in it.

Now I’ve watched Long Island Medium enough times to know that if you randomly smell cologne or perfume, it could be the spirit of a loved one making their presence known. Or at least that’s what the show says so of course it’s true, right? So my eyes got all big and I sat there trying to figure out who the scent belonged to. I grew up with a haunted basement so things of this nature are not new to me.

After sitting there for a while I realized it was…dun, dun, dun…MY perfume. And after following the scent trail upstairs, I found my 2-year-old daughter asleep in bed with a cloud of perfume lingering.

I need help. She won’t go to bed. Okay, she’ll go – but she won’t stay. I can even sit there and watch her fall asleep and an hour later she’s awake rampaging my makeup and whatever she can get her hands on. I’m open to any advice. I rarely say that because quite frankly it opens a whole Pandora’s Box of crazy comments but at this point I will take any advice, crazy or not.

Peanut Butter Haystacks - a recipe from my childhood. Make them plain for Christmas plates or add monster eyes for a scary treat for Halloween. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comWait. Do you smell that? Oh. It’s just butterscotch and peanut butter. I used to make these Peanut Butter Haystacks when I was little. I know that there’s a chocolate version somewhere out there but THIS version takes me right back to my childhood kitchen. When I eat these, I taste memories. Peanut Butter Haystacks - a recipe from my childhood. Make them plain for Christmas plates or add monster eyes for a scary treat for Halloween. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comMy family didn’t put candy eyes on them but I saw the idea over at Shaken Together Life for these cute little monsters. The key to these is to work quickly because they set up fastPeanut Butter Haystacks - a recipe from my childhood. Make them plain for Christmas plates or add monster eyes for a scary treat for Halloween. You can use crunchy peanut butter for more crunch or even add some salted peanuts if you’re a nut fan. I’ve tried versions with and without marshmallows. If you don’t love marshmallows, leave them out. They tend to set a little more wet without marshmallows with is why I like to add the marshmallows. Peanut Butter Haystacks - a recipe from my childhood. Make them plain for Christmas plates or add monster eyes for a scary treat for Halloween. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comPeanut Butter Haystacks - the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThese are great for Christmas goodie plates for neighbors and friends. Without the eyeballs of course.

Peanut Butter Haystacks - a recipe from my childhood. Make them plain for Christmas plates or add monster eyes for a scary treat for Halloween.

Peanut Butter Haystacks
Prep Time
5 hrs 50 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs 50 mins
  • 1 11-oz package Nestle butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (use crunchy if you like nuts)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles
  • Edible sugar eyes (found at Target, Walmart, and craft stores in the baking aisle)
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butterscotch chips and peanut butter over medium-low heat stirring until smooth.
  3. Add the marshmallows and chow mein noodles, stirring quickly to coat. The marshmallows will start to melt when stirring.
  4. Drop by the spoonfuls onto the wax paper and add edible eyes if you desire. The key is to work fast.
  5. Source: My childhood; monster eyes inspired by Shaken Together Life

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  1. Too stinkin cute. I’m a cereal treat junkie, so these are right up my alley.
    As for the two year old……ugh. Our third is two and she’s a little turd. The older two are snoring away as I type, and The Dad is attempting to get her to sleep. So I’m no help at all. Ha!

  2. Finally got my mom to show me how she make her haystacks. Chow Mein noodles, butterscotch chips and cashews.

  3. Anything with cute little eyeballs is instantly more fun! Thanks for sharing my messy monster cookies 🙂

  4. my mom used to make these forever ago…YUM…

    My 17 year old son (in a week) was the same way as your daughter from the time he could walk (9 months) till he was like FIVE. He was so stinkin’ cute though and happy about his every three hour wake ups. Our pediatrician said first….turn the monitor around so we could talk to him – not listen to him. second put up a baby gate outside his bedroom door. he climbed the gate….we put up two…he knocked them over…last resort we turned the handle around on door and locked him in….he broke the handle off. 🙂 he was persistent to be with us.

    • Yep, we have the baby gate, too. We didn’t turn the door knob around, but we did put one of those childproof knobs over the door knob. So far, so good. Oh, he did bust the closet lock off the sliding closet doors. My little guy is almost 3.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Oh wow. He is persistent. I like the baby monitor thing. Great idea!

  5. Such a fun idea for the kiddos! My five year old would be all over this !!

  6. My son is having a monster party for his 3rd birthday, these will be cute treats for that!
    He’s an escaper also, I put an inexpensive door alarm on the top of his door. He hates the sound it makes so that kept him in his room at least, if not in his bed. Now that he’s old enough to understand bribes, umm I mean incentives, I keep a sticker chart on his wall with 3 stickers on it. If he opens his door I take away a sticker, if he has any left in the morning he gets a treat like a lollipop, if he has all 3 he gets a bigger treat or more than one. So far it’s working, he’s had lots of nights when he only gets up once and a few when he doesn’t open his door at all.

  7. these are just ADORABLE ! Gotta make ’em (just for me ! lol ) OK- I’ll share the recipe with my daughter so she can make them WITH the grand daughter. They’ll have fun….. 🙂 Thanks !

  8. Yum! These are too cute! Your little one sounds beyond adorable 🙂

  9. My youngest is five, and I have kind of given up this battle. It is sooo hard to get her to sleep. I have conceded the sleep part, as long as she is quiet in her room. I let her have some books, paper and a crayon or pencil. She is content to look at a book or draw/write notes to me. Might not be the answer you are looking for, but I was losing my mind looking for some quiet time at the end of a long day.

  10. So, these are pretty amazing! My kids would love them 🙂

  11. these look sooooooo wonderful!

  12. My oldest son started climbing out of the crib at about 16 months. We were so afraid that he would get into trouble while we were sleeping. My husband installed the tallest gate, I child proofed everything in his room, and he had a night light. I would hear him through the monitor playing, and sneak up and peek in. He would eventually go back to sleep. As he got older and tried to climb the gate, my husband oiled the bottom of it, Brian couldn’t get a grip and gave up trying to break out. He never did yell and scream to get out though. Good luck and thanks for the cute recipe!

  13. Can these be made w/o the peanutbutter. My son hates peanuts. As for children. Tom was walking at 7 mo. Doing 3rd grade math at 4/5 language skills of a 6 year old at 3. Was able to make more mischief than any child i have ever met. Just enjoy the joy your child gets from life. Before you know it they are grown and out.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I’m sure you could make them with just butterscotch chips. I haven’t tried it though.

    • I wonder if you could substitute Nutella or the a Hershey’s chocolate spread for the peanut butter? I love them with peanut butter but sounds good with chocolate too, don’t you think?

      • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

        I know many people make them with chocolate and they love them. Butterscotch just brings back memories for me!

  14. There is a Canadian blogger , i think she has great advice, practical, it all makes sense, once you read it you want to hit your forehead. She might have something good to say, i know her blog really helped me break my son of some bad night time habits. I love your blog – just got your cookbook for my kitchen challenged sister.

  15. This variation is absolutely adorable! I make the chocolate version every year around Christmas, because of course I rarely can resist making desserts without chocolate. And they definitely bring back memories of my grandmother making these since I was a child.

    When my oldest had just turned 2, he refused to take naps, so first tried the child-lock over the door handle (which he quickly broke off), then ended up locking the door from the outside (I felt terrible doing this at first, but not napping wasn’t an option). He eventually got the hint that nap time/bed time was time to stay in his room!

  16. Awesome blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost
    on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a
    paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any ideas? Bless you!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I would definitely start on a free platform like Blogger. It’s so expensive on wordpress unless you’re making money to help with the cost. Good luck. Email me at girlwhoate at gmail dot com if you have more questions. Christy