No-Bake Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

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I’m ba-ack!  Woo-hoo!  My jury duty service is over.  To be honest it was an enlightening and frightening experience, but I’m glad to be able to to my part.  And I’m glad it’s over.   As I told you before, I usually blog late at night, after the fam is asleep and the house is quiet.  But, last week, late at night wasn’t an option for me.  It just about wore me out.  I was just too tired.  So I appreciate y’all’s patience with not having any recipes last week.  But, I’m back on schedule this week and happy to bring you some new posts.

Butterscotch haystacks are one of my wife’s most favorite treats.  Each year at Christmas Laura’s mom, Rita – we call her Aunt Reet, makes Heather a batch.  It’s kind of become a tradition and  I wouldn’t touch making those for a million bucks.  Do you have recipes like that?  Something that someone has always made and though you’re completely capable of doing it, you don’t because you don’t want to ruin that tradition.  It just wouldn’t be the same.

Well, here’s another take on haystacks… only made with corn flakes.  They’re light, crispy, tasty, and the best part… super easy!


  • 1 package butterscotch morsels (11 oz)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cup Corn Flakes
  • 1 cup peanuts




  1. Combine butterscotch morsels and peanut butter in a small sauce pan and melt over low heat, stirring frequently.  (I advise against the use of the microwave here – a few bad experiences with butterscotch morsels – I’m just sayin’.)
  2. Once melted, pour over corn flakes and peanuts in a large bowl.  Stir gently to combine.
  3. Drop onto wax paper and allow to cool completely. 
No-Bake Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies
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  • 1 package butterscotch morsels (11 oz)
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 4 cup Corn Flakes
  • 1 cup peanuts
  1. Combine butterscotch morsels and peanut butter in a small sauce pan and melt over low heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Once melted, pour over corn flakes and peanuts in a large bowl. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Drop onto wax paper and allow to cool completely.


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  1. Danielle D. says:

    These look yummy! Glad you are back!

  2. A friend brought these to work one night after picking them up at the grocery store. She couldn’t remember the name of them and now she doesn’t have to. Making these tomorrow night!! Thanks.

  3. These look so good! Will be making them this weekend for sure.. Glad to see you back..what about Aunt Reet’s haystack recipe? Think she will share for those of us who would like to try?

  4. I have found it easier to mix this type treat (those using cereal) if I spread the cereal, peanuts, coconut, etc on a sheet pan and warm in a 250-300F oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Since everything is closer to the same temp the mix does not set up so fast.

  5. Adding peanuts to my grocery list…already set with the other ingredients! Yum! I make Butterscotch Crunches(what my Mom always called them)…probably the same cookie as the Haystacks!!

    So true about those recipes that someone makes that you could do yourself….yes, wouldn’t be the same!

  6. I made these this morning. I miss read the recipe and added 1 cup of peanut butter instaed of 3/4 will this keep them from setting up? They are still soft and not holding together. But, they do taste great.

  7. Found these in walmart and had to try them. Very good cookie and even simplier to make. Thanks for the recipe

  8. My mother used to add mini marshmallows to this recipe. Will be making some tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Debi Turner says:

    hey there… peanut allergies for most of my family. so I’ve tried this with almond butter. it tastes really good out of the bowl, waiting to see how it sets up. :D

  10. Josie Wright says:

    My Hubby makes these every year at christmas time love these an you get the protien of the peanut butter . Best cookies ever.. Thanks for the recipe

  11. My grandmother used to make these with chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Don’t remember if there was peanut butter in them though. All I know is that they were delicious!

  12. Deborah Druce says:

    These look delicious. Glad you survived jury duty. I cannot wait to try these. I tried a recipe years ago using chow mien noodles instead of cereal. This one sounds so much lighter.

  13. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Stacey! It instantly brought a smile to my face. My grandmother made these frequently when I was growing up and they have always been a family favorite. She passed away a few years ago and I love little reminders like this of how special she was. I think I’ll have to whip a batch of these up this weekend. Thank you again! Can’t wait for your cookbook release!

    • Thanks so much, Lindsay! I just love how food connects us to our past like that. I know a little bit of her will come back to you at the first bite. :) Enjoy!

  14. Just tried these today and made them with Fiber One. They have turned out really well! Thanks!

  15. great easy recipe I will surely try!
    I like your step by step pics & explanations.

  16. Hi, these look so yummy…but I hate peanutbutter, do they have a peanutbutter taste, or does the butterscotch take the lead?
    Also thank you for the freezer jam recipe!

  17. These are great! I made them today and really love the peanut buttery flavor with the butterscotch. The texture is so nice to eat! I made them side-by-side with a recipe that uses chow mein noodles and pretzels, and yours was definitely my favorite. Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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