No Bake Haystacks

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


  • 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


  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!


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

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33 Responses to “No Bake Haystacks”

  1. posted Jul 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!

  2. posted Jul 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?!?!

  3. posted Jul 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!

    • posted Jul 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

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

  4. posted Jul 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!

  5. posted Jul 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!

    • posted Jul 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

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

  6. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Spiders?! Now that I have never heard of! I’m all for going for the EASIEST possible route :)

  7. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    These look SO fudgy and yummy! Whether they’re called spiders or not 😉

  8. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Love!!! So easy so yummy So PERFECT!

  9. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I am so in love with these! So easy and so so chocolatey!

  10. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    What a wonderful no bake treat!

  11. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I’m on board with anything chocolate and peanut butter! This sounds delicious. :)

  12. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    These look so awesome and chocolatey! I love no-bake recipes, especially for summer. 😀
    And that’s a great idea to use Chow Mein noodles.

    • posted Jul 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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

  13. posted Jul 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I am loving these — so very creative!

  14. Liz
    posted Jul 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! :)

  15. posted Jul 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!

  16. posted Jul 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. :)

    • posted Jul 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!!!

  17. posted Jul 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!

  18. posted Jul 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I LOVE no bake desserts! This look fabulous!

  19. Barb
    posted Jul 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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

  20. posted Aug 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Oh goodness, these are dreamy!!! I love no bake recipes :)

  21. posted Aug 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    These look fantastic, girl!!

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