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Butterscotch Holiday Haystacks Chow Mein Noodle Cookies

My kids love Chow Mein Noodle Cookies. I remember when I was still a kid and helping my Grandma make cookies, candy and other holiday treats. It was a tradition we had. She made tons of different things. There were probably at least 15 different candy she made. And every year I was right there in her kitchen helping. One of the things she always made were Chow Mein Noodle Cookies. Also known as Chow Mein Noodle Clusters. I still make them myself. There are a lot of her recipes I use now and make all kinds of candy like she and I used to with my own kids. It’s one of the ways I keep her in my memory after she passed away.

What You Need

  • 3 Cups Butterscotch Chips (you can also use chocolate morsels, white chocolate, etc. if you don’t like butterscotch)
  • 1 (5 0z) Can of Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1 Cup Peanuts (optional, I make ours without peanuts)
  • Sprinkles (for the occasion) because everything is better with sprinkles!

Total Preparation/cook time is about 10 to 15 minutes. Chill time about 30 minutes. This recipe yields approximately 24 cookies.


Melt the 3 Cups of Butterscotch chips in a sauce pan on medium heat. I usually just use 2 small bags of butterscotch morsels. It’s a little more than 3 cups but I found that it is easier to make sure all the noodles are covered with just a little more. It only takes about 10 minutes for the butterscotch to melt. While it melting, you should stir constantly because the butterscotch can burn. As soon as it is completely melted, pour into mixing bowl with the can of chow mein noodles and peanuts if you used them. Then mix it up gently. You don’t want to break and crush the noodles.

Drop on Cookie Sheet

Line a cookie sheet(s) with non-stick parchment paper or wax paper. Then scoop a spoonful amount and drop them on the paper covered cookie sheet. Depending on the size of your drops, you should get 20-24 cookies out of it. I like to try to stack the mixture instead of making them flat. I used to call them Haystacks when I was a kid and that’s what my own kids call them.

Once you have them all dropped, you can add some sprinkles! You can make these for any occasion. I made some for Easter last year but I tried to make them look like little nests and added a few egg shaped candies in the middle of them. 

Let Them Chill

After you are finished and have them topped with sprinkles if you chose to use them, place the cookie sheet(s) in the refrigerator. The butterscotch will harden pretty quickly and will only need to chill in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. You can store in the refrigerator if you choose but you don’t have to keep them in there once they have hardened. 

So that’s it, simple and easy to make. It may sound a little strange making cookies with chow mein noodles but I promise they are yummy!

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My name is Nicole and I write DustinNikki Mommy of Three. I enjoy writing product reviews and hosting giveaways. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and we have three kids. When I am not terribly busy running someone to band or soccer practices, I find some time to write. I also like to write about my kids, family and life. My family enjoys the outdoors - hiking, canoeing, and exploring things we haven't seen or been before. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!
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