I have made these cookies for my family for about 30 years now. My son (who is now 36 years old) gets so excited when I make these; he always[ enjoys them with a tall glass of milk. I find that I have to be careful when melting the butterscotch because it seems to scorch easily, so take care — this is an essential ingredient! Also, these are best enjoyed in the winter because they seem to melt and not taste as great in the warmer weather.]

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  • 2 cups butterscotch chips (12 ounces), melted
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter, plain or crunchy
  • 6 ounces Chinese or chow mein noodles
  • 6 ounces cocktail peanuts

Melt the butterscotch chips in a double boiler over simmering water.

In a medium bowl, combine the melted butterscotch and peanut butter. Add noodles and peanuts and mix well. Drop the batter by the heaped tablespoon onto waxed paper and refrigerate until cool and set, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note: These cookies keep their crunch when stored in airtight containers. They should be enjoyed with milk!

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    This is a great cookie. I've made them for work and family and they are always a big hit.
    Love this recipe, but is 10 stars if you use 1/2 butterscotch chips and half semi-sweet chocolate chips. Amazing! :
    Delicious and easy. Added these to our Christmas cookie gift packages.
    These turned out great and were easy to make. I used Fiber One cereal in place of the chow mien noodles and instead of peanuts I used some of my Roasted Cinnamon Pecans. They taste great and now at least have more fiber!
    I used Kashi Go Lean cereal and they're sensational!
    This is the classic recipe. I have seen some where people add some coconut or even mini marshmallows. Last Christmas, I made an assortment of these and made quite a few with classic oat cereal Os to make them a little healthier because chow mein noodles are high in fat!. My grandkids and friends loved them. You can replace the butterscotch chips with chocolate morsels and even delete the peanut butter. You can throw in some mini M and Ms; this recipe is very versatile. Also, you can toss some decor sprinkles on them before they set - nice for seasonal color
    Great, fast, and fun recipe. I actually did this in a classroom at school and the kids loved it. We did some interesting additions. One batch we added dried cranberry instead of the peanuts. THe second we added roasted/salted pecans. Both additions gave the stacks some different and exciting textures. ** Just a note the plain peanut butter does a better job.
    This is a great recipie. I used 6oz of potato sticks (next to the durkee fried onions in the supermarked aisle and dry roasted peanuts. My hubby went crazy for these.
    Delicious ! And so easy to make ! I brought them into work and everyone gobbled them up.
    I've made this for over 30 years but known it as Hopscotch and mini marshmallows were used instead of peanuts. Like yours, everyone loves them!
    made it the first time last thanksgiving-grandkids love them so now i always keep the inged. in the cabinet so when the kids arrive they make them with me..
    I've made these a few times & they are always a hit. People always want the recipe!
    My family and I loved these. Very tasty and incredibly easy to make.
    This recipe is easy and tasty. I added one more ingredient, small marshmellows. I felt it needed one more thing. I added 3/4 of a 1 lb. bag of marshmellows after mixing in the chow mein noodles. Also, I placed the mixture in a wax paper lined cassarole dish and cut to bite size for easier handling. Another suggestion would be is to buy the "crackle" chocolate ice cream syrup and drizzle it over the finished dessert (after it's cooled) for a decorative look and for more taste.
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