There’s a debate whether this is a cookie or a candy. It seems more like a candy to me – butterscotch coated crunchy ingredients dropped on waxed paper. It’s been passed down through my family and always called a cookie, though, so we’ll compromise and call it both.
This has to be my favorite cookie/candy hands down and I’ve never seen it published anywhere else. Although it has chow mein noodles in it, it’s not the haystack that you’re used to. Honey is the ingredient that really kicks it up a notch and gives the butterscotch a sweet richness that is just heavenly. They’re chewy, crunchy, buttery, sweet and salty. Years ago I submitted them to the Good Morning America cookie contest and was runner-up. These are always included in Christmas baskets!
- 2 Cups chow mein noodles
- 1 Cup coarsely chopped nuts
- 1/3 Cup honey
- 1/4 Cup sugar
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 package (6 oz or 1 Cup) butterscotch morsels
Combine the chow mein noodles and nuts in a medium bowl; set aside. Combine honey, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in saucepan and bring to full boil over moderate heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add butterscotch morsels. Stir until melted and smooth. Pour over noodles and nuts, mix gently until coated. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto waxed paper and cool.
Tips and Stuff:
Be patient after adding the morsels to the hot honey/butter sauce. It may take a few minutes to get the mixture smooth.