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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Yield: 24 pieces

No Bake Haystacks

Prep Time 2 hours

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!


  • 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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Posted on July 25, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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!

  2. 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. 🙂

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Spiders?! Now that I have never heard of! I’m all for going for the EASIEST possible route 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. I bet these DISAPPEAR at parties. Next time I want to feel extra loved, this is what I’ll be bringing!

  8. 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!

  9. 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?!?!

  10. 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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