My Sister's Haystacks

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Stephen Shafer

My sister has been making these haystacks, along with other assorted goodies, as Christmas presents for a long time, I don't even know how long. This year she sent along a copy of the recipe so that we can make them ourselves whenever we feel the need during the year. This is what she said in the first part of the recipe. "As you can see this is a very simple recipe, but there are a few things that make them perfect. The most important one is to use NATURAL peanut butter, you can use an off brand but it absolutely has to be the kind with the oil that has to be mixed in. I don't care if you prefer Jiff or Skippy for eating with jelly, use the natural when you bake, especially when you make haystacks. Another very important thing is to make sure everything (your hands, the spoon, the dish) is dry, water will make the mixture clumpy and yucky."

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup natural-style peanut butter
  • 1 (12 ounce) package butterscotch chips
  • 3 12 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 12 cups chow mein noodles

Directions

  1. Place the peanut butter in a micro-waveable dish big enough to hold it and the butterscotch chips and then pour the chips over the peanut butter.
  2. Microwave them carefully, 30 seconds at a time, stirring well after each time. Don't try to rush this step or you will burn it and stink up your whole kitchen.
  3. Keep going until everything is melted together. If you used crunchy peanut butter there will be little bits of peanut.
  4. Then microwave for another 30 seconds so it gets good and hot.
  5. If it all of a sudden gets thicker, you overcooked it, but don't worry you can thin it out with a little shortening and it will taste just fine.
  6. In the meantime, while you are waiting by the microwave, set out a large bowl and make sure it is dry.
  7. Pour the mini marshmallows into the bowl and then cover with the chow mein noodles on top.
  8. Make sure the noodles are completely covering the marshmallows, if the butterscotch mixture touches the marshmallows first they will get all melty and sticky. They still taste good, they're just harder to eat.
  9. Also, set out a long sheet of waxed paper to put the haystacks on.
  10. When the butterscotch mixture is fully melted, pour it over the noodles in the big bowl and stir until completely combined. Do this step quickly or you will have one very large haystack.
  11. Drop by spoonfulls onto the waxed paper and allow to cool and harden.
  12. How many haystacks you end up with depends entirely on how big you make them, my sister said she has made anywhere from 24 to 44 haystacks per recipe, the smaller ones are easier to eat.
  13. If you are making them where it is hot, you might need to put them in the fridge, but mostly they keep pretty good in a zip lock bag.
  14. You can freeze them in some kind of a container if you want to store them for a long time (but they won't last, they will get eaten).

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