These adorable fall peanut butter haystacks are the perfect centerpiece for your Autumn or Halloween gathering, and the kids will love helping you make them.
As you've probably read here before, I moved to Florida from Maryland nine years ago. When I lived in Maryland, Fall festivals were a very big thing.
In fact, we had a 4-acre pasture and since we never got horses, we just let the hay grow.
As it got closer to Halloween, my husband would cut a maze through the pasture and put plastic pumpkins filled with candy at different spots so the kids could fill their trick or treat bags.
It was great fun for everyone, with the parents drinking wine and munching on appetizers while the kids played.
One year we all went to an orchard and picked apples together, heading back to our house with our baskets to have an apple pie blind tasting contest. Not knowing who made which pie made for a fair contest, my homemade apple pie recipe from Emeril won. It's such an easy recipe and never fails me!
Sometimes baking is about the fun of it, and these fall haystacks made with chow mein noodles and peanut butter are so easy, even the littlest of kids can help, and older children can head up the whole process.
Serve these to the kids for dessert on Thanksgiving and they will gobble them up! Okay, maybe I went too far there, but these really are delicious and won't take more than five minutes to make. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Haystacks
What You Need to make these Treats
The only food items you need to make these are a can of Chow Mein Noodles, peanut butter flavored candy melts, and candied pumpkins. You'll also need plastic forks (we used silver-colored) and a brown permanent marker.
You can totally use a different color of forks and forgo the permanent marker.
If you're using it, take your brown permanent marker and color a “handle” on the top of the “pitchfork”. Let dry.
Melts the candies in a microwave-safe bowl: Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir, continue to do this until the candy melts are melted.
Add your 5 oz can of chow mein noodles and stir until all noodles are coated.
Drop by teaspoon on a parchment-covered cookie sheet. You can take your fingers and stack a few up or keep them all flat.
Add a candy pumpkin to the side of the haystack. Make sure the pumpkin is touching the noodles. (They will stick once they are cooled)
Take your “pitchfork” and stick in the haystack anywhere you’d like.
Cool in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes or until hardened. Enjoy!!
This recipe makes about 2 dozen haystacks.
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Below is a printable recipe to save for later.
Super Easy Fall Peanut Butter Haystacks
5 oz can of Chow Mein Noodles
12 oz bag Peanut Butter flavored candy melts
24 Candy pumpkins
24 Mini plastic forks (we used silver colored)
Brown permanent marker
- Take your brown permanent marker and color a “handle” on the top of the “pitchfork”. Let dry.
- Take your candy melts and put them in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir, continue to do this until the candy melts are melted.
- Add your 5 oz can of chow mein noodles and stir until all noodles are coated.
- Drop by teaspoon on a parchment covered cookie sheet. You can take your fingers and stack a few up or keep them all flat.
- Add a candy pumpkin to the side of the haystack. Make sure pumpkin is touching the noodles. (They will stick once they are cooled)
- Take your “pitchfork” and stick in the haystack anywhere you’d like.
- Cool in refrigerator for about 5 minutes or until hardened. Enjoy!!