Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks are the perfect salty, sweet, and crunchy treat. This no-bake candy is great to make last minute for a party.

A plate of Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks.

These Peanut Butter Haystacks are so simple and easy to make, yet so tasty. All you need is 4 ingredients and 10 minutes to whip these no bake haystacks cookies together. This recipe for haystacks makes for the perfect last minute dessert when you are in a pinch but want to make something that will be a hit.

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What We Love About This Haystacks Recipe

  • 10 Prep Time: Make no bake haystacks cookies in less than 10 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All you need for this recipe is 4 simple ingredients that also happen to be pantry friendly.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: This facebook worthy recipe for haystacks will be good for up to 2 weeks. So have on hand for any social situation.
A hand holding the Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks.

Ingredient Notes

  • Pretzels: To make these haystacks, it is crucial to use mini pretzels sticks to get that look rather then pretzel twists or snaps.
  • Peanut Butter: For this recipe I used creamy peanut butter, but you can also use crunchy peanut butter for an added crunch.
Chocolate, peanut butter and other ingredients.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Add Nuts – For added crunch and flavor, add chopped peanuts, walnuts, pecans, or any nut of your choosing.
  • Chow Mein Noodles- You can also make chow mein noodle haystacks by using chow mein noodles in place of pretzels sticks.
  • Chocolate – Use another other type of chocolate you like, such as white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate.
  • Butterscotch Haystacks – Use butterscotch chips to make butterscotch no bake treats.

How to Make No Bake Haystack Cookies

These are the basic steps for making Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions, nutrition and estimation of total time.

Mixing the ingredients and melting the candy.

STEP 1: MELT CHOCOLATE AND PB

In a microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips and peanut. Microwave for 30 second intervals, mixing in between, until the completely melted.

STEP 2: ADD CHOCOLATE TO PRETZELS

In a larger bowl, add the pretzels sticks and marshmallows then pour the peanut butter and chocolate mixture. Stir carefully until the marshmallows and pretzels are evenly coated.

STEP 3: FORM HAYSTACKS

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Scoop about a tablespoon sized spoonful of the mixture onto the sheet for each haystack. To elevate the look of your haystacks, top with a pinch of flakey salt. Refrigerate for 45minutes-1 hour until the chocolate has solidify.

Adding the pretzels tot he mixture to form the haystacks.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is perfect to make ahead of time, just follow the instructions per usual and store in airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge. I recommend making these no more than 3 days ahead of time maximum freshness.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze no bake peanut haystack cookies in a freeze safe bag for up to 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY ARE HAYSTACKS CALLED HAYSTACKS?

These no bake treats are named haystacks as they resemble a stack of hay.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE WHITE CHOCOLATE?

Make white chocolate coved haystacks by using white chocolate in place of regular chocolate chips.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe for haystacks can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally.

WHAT ARE CHOCOLATE HAYSTACKS MADE OF?

These no bake haystacks cookies are made from 4 simples ingredients: chocolates chips, pretzels sticks, peanut butter, and marshmallows. Some haystack recipes use chow mein noodles.

A top shot of the candy.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a large holiday gathering. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Stove Top: If you do not have a microwave, you can also melt the chocolate and peanut butter on the stove top using the doubler boiler method. Watch this video to learn how to set up the double boiler method.
  • Additions: Crumbled Cookie pieces or other treats such as coated chocolate candies are a great addition to the haystacks.
  • Gluten Free: Gluten-free pretzel sticks work in this recipe. Also, you can use sugar free chocolate chips to make this recipe healthier.

What to Serve with Peanut Butter Haystacks

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A plate of Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks.
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks

Yield: 24 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks are the perfect salty, sweet, and crunchy treat. These no-bake cookies are great to make last minute for a party.
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Ingredients

  • 9 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips, 3/4th of a 12 ounce bag.
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks

Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and peanut.
  • Microwave for 30 second intervals, mixing in between, until the completely melted.
  • In a larger bowl, add the pretzels sticks and marshmallows then pour the peanut butter and chocolate mixture.
  • Stir carefully until the marshmallows and pretzels are evenly coated.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Scoop about tablespoon of the mixture onto the sheet for each haystack.
  • Refrigerate for 45minutes-1 hour until the chocolate has solidify.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a large holiday gathering. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Stove Top: If you do not have a microwave, you can also melt the chocolate and peanut butter on the stove top using the doubler boiler method. Watch this video to learn how to set up the double boiler method.
  • Additions: Crumbled Cookie pieces or other treats such as coated chocolate candies are a great addition to the haystacks.
  • Gluten Free: Gluten-free pretzel sticks work in this recipe. Also, you can use sugar free chocolate chips to make this recipe healthier.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chcoclate, haystacks, marshmallow, Peanut butter, Pretzels

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