No Bake Haystacks

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 25, 2013

These are delicious no bake haystack cookies turned into bars! Oh, and of course I added some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for an extra PB boost!

No Bake Haystack Bars: delicious haystack cookies made into a bar. How easy is that?? With Reese's too!

I thought about calling these Spider bars. But then I thought maybe that would turn some of you away.

I know most people refer to these cookies as haystacks, but in my family we have ALWAYS called them spiders. And for whatever reason, they only were made at Christmas.

Last week, when the weather was 95 degrees and the popsicles were gone and it was too hot to go shopping, I racked my brain for a no bake dessert. And since I was craving chocolate, my mind went to those delicious cookies from Christmas!

Except, in my laziest moment, I wondered what would happen if I made them into bars. Because you know, no bake cookies already take 15 minutes to make, I wanted to cut out even more time!

No Bake Haystack Bars: delicious haystack cookies made into a bar. How easy is that?? With Reese's too!

The result was awesome. Clearly. And just a word of advice, eat these cold. The butterscotch really comes through when chilled (plus they stay a lot less messy). Hmmmm, maybe that’s why we always had them in the winter?

Anyways, the Reese’s on top are totally optional. While scouring my pantry for a jar of peanuts, a bag of mini Reese’s cups just jumped out me. It was a sign. A delicious, wonderful sign!

No Bake Haystack Bars: delicious haystack cookies made into a bar. How easy is that?? With Reese's too!

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No Bake Haystacks

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 hours

Yield: 24 pieces

Ingredients

  • 12oz pkg Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 11oz pkg Butterscotch Morsels
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup dry salted peanuts
  • 3 cup Chow Mein Noodles
  • 8oz pkg Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt semi sweet morsels with butterscoth and peanut butter for one minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir again until smooth, or heat an additional 30 seconds. Add peanuts and chow mein noodles to melted mixture.
  2. Pour mixture into a 9inch parchment paper lined baking dish. Press peanut butter cups on top and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut and enjoy!

Notes

Best served cold. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

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Emily @ Life on Food July 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

Oh man I haven’t heard of haystacks or spiders would I love to try them. Peanut butter cups on top included. Yum!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

We always make these too, but I use corn flakes instead of chow mein noodles. And too funny that you were trying to cut time out of a no bake cookie…totally something I would do too :-) These better be coming with you today to my house…right?!?!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Sorry. I’m a slacker and horrible friend :(

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Eva @ Eva Bakes July 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

My mother in law always, always makes haystacks around the holidays too. I should ask her to switch it up this year and try these bars instead!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I claim no responsibility when dealing with mother in laws. Just sayin :)

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Courtney @ Neighborfood July 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I bet these DISAPPEAR at parties. Next time I want to feel extra loved, this is what I’ll be bringing!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

YES! These went fast! ENJOY.

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Marcie@Flavorthemoments July 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I grew up eating haystacks, and my mom only made them at Christmas too. You know, I love them and never make them because they look so funky. Spiders…yeah…I get it. I love that you made them ino bars – they look so much more appetizing!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Thanks Marcie! They really do make an ugly cookie (but pretty bar)!!!

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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats July 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Spiders?! Now that I have never heard of! I’m all for going for the EASIEST possible route :)
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

These look SO fudgy and yummy! Whether they’re called spiders or not ;)
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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen July 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Love!!! So easy so yummy So PERFECT!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Thanks girlfriend :)

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Des @ Life's Ambrosia July 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I am so in love with these! So easy and so so chocolatey!
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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry July 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

What a wonderful no bake treat!
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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker July 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I’m on board with anything chocolate and peanut butter! This sounds delicious. :)
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Abbie July 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

These look so awesome and chocolatey! I love no-bake recipes, especially for summer. :D
And that’s a great idea to use Chow Mein noodles.
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Thanks Abbie, I love the crunch from the chow mein noodles!!!

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Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life July 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I am loving these — so very creative!
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Liz July 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

We usually make haystacks at Christmas time too but these ones look perfect any time of year for sure! :)
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Joy @ Baking-Joy July 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Love the look of these Aimee, I’m a massive fan of anything no bake at the moment as it’s so hot in the UK!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

These sound SO good. I could eat the entire tray right now. I want this weather to cool off- so I can bake again. In the meantime, these will suffice. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I’m in Chicago visiting family this weekend, and actually had to wear a hoodie, it was chilly today!!!

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Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com July 27, 2013 at 3:02 am

You are speaking my language with those gorgeous PB cups mixed in there! I’m loving all your no-bake desserts for these hot summer months. I keep turning on my oven like a sucker…I need to follow your example!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

Haha! No bakes are the way to go :)
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Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies July 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I LOVE no bake desserts! This look fabulous!

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Barb July 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

So yummy looking…..how about pretzels instead of the noodles for a sweet/salty taste.

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Pretzels would be perfect too!! Great idea!

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Nutmeg Nanny August 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Oh goodness, these are dreamy!!! I love no bake recipes :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thanks! No bake recipes rock!

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kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor August 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

These look fantastic, girl!!

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