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. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com. 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. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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Peanut Butter Haystacks

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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