My family looks forward to autumn when we celebrate the cooler weather with fun traditions. We make our own Halloween costumes, head down to the local farm for a hayride, and make no-bake desserts like caramel apples and rice krispie treats. Of all the fall-themed goodies, haystacks are our favorite; they are quick, easy, and the kids can help from start to finish. My daughter dressed as a cowgirl last year for Halloween, and she loved the idea of making “cowgirl haystacks.”
WARNING: Haystacks are addictive and should be created and eaten at your discretion. The ingredient list for haystacks is a short one: chow mein noodles, butterscotch chips, peanuts, and peanut butter. You can make any number of them using a ratio of 4:2:1:1. I typically make 12 haystacks using the following measurements:
2 c. chow mein noodles
1 c. butterscotch chips
1/2 c. peanuts
1/2 c. peanut butter
Melt peanut butter and butterscotch chips in a glass bowl in the microwave for about a minute or two at half power. Check and stir after a minute.
Once melted, add chow mein noodles and peanuts. Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Pop in the freezer for about half an hour until set.
For an extra Autumn treat, you can add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries to the mix.
Justine Uhlenbrock is an urban homesteader, a minimalist mom, a writer, and a doula-in-training living with her husband and two young girls in Massachusetts. She is passionate about sustainable living, health, frugality, and her quest for real food and family heirloom recipes. She blogs at The Lone Home Ranger.