Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Salted Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

Happy New Year! I want to give a huge shout out to all of you, my loyal readers.  I appreciate each of you.  Each time I receive a comment on my blog, a like on facebook, a tweet on twitter, a pin on Pinterest, a like on Instagram or a nice personal email, I am reminded that writing this blog is more than posting recipes.  It is a platform for building a community around something I have a passion for – Food, Wine and Entertaining.  Thank you and look forward to making 2014 a great year!!!

Back to work on Monday.  After sixteen days away from the office, I must admit it rather shocked my body to abound to a 5:30am alarm clock.  One can certainly get use to sleeping in until 8:30 each morning then enjoying a piping hot cup of coffee while watching Good Morning America with hubby.  Oh, hubby was on vacation too – yeah!  We filled the time with working out every other day, doing a ton of organizing, entertaining, drinking wine, spending time with family and friends, eating in and dining out, baking, shopping, watching movies, catching up on our favorite television shows and general relaxation.  Overall, it was one great vacation in my opinion – just wish it did not go so fast.

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First day back to work was actually great. Wonderful to see everyone, catch up and officially kick off a great 2014. In my Facebook feed on Monday morning was this article and found it quite interesting that this Monday was deemed the most depressing day of the year.  The good news, they included 24 things to lift your spirits.  Made me chuckle.

Baking has to be one of the most relaxing and rewarding things for me to do.  Each year during the holidays and close to Christmas, I hang out in the kitchen for the majority of the day and bake multiple batches of various cookies, so I can hand them out to friends and neighbors.  It simply brings me joy to share my baking prowess with others and see their smiles grow and eyes light up. See photo below.  One of the most simple yet incredibly addictive cookies to make is the classic haystack cookie.  I made a simple version with a tad of Fleur de Sel to adorn the top and the response was incredible. Not sure why I typically make these during the holiday season – note to self – make these year round.  What version do you make of these simple cookies?

Salted Butterscotch Haystack Cookies

Makes 30 to 32 Cookies

4 Cups Chow Mein Noodles
1 Package Butterscotch Chips
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Fleur de Sel

Place butterscotch chips and olive oil in a large bowl and melt in a double boiler until melted.  Remove from the heat and add chow mein noodles.  Stir until well coated.  Use a cookie scooper and drop a tablespoon onto parchment paper and sprinkle with a bit of Fleur de Sel.  Let cool.


  1. Ooh, Chow Mein Noodles - that's brilliant!!
    Your holiday cookie gift box looks dreamy! :D

  2. I know what you mean about the shock to the system. It was back to real life for me, too, yesterday and boy, I didn't want to go tot work! I would have rather hung out in the kitchen baking these goodies. I can't believe how easy they are!

    Happy New Year, Lisa!

  3. What an awesome way to use Chow Mein noodles! Awesome recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Lisa, I can't get over that gorgeous box on homemade cookies. You are a baking goddess. It's official!
    Happy 2014 to you and yours,

  5. these bring back memories and I love them!

  6. These look so addictive, I love the sprinkle of fleur de sel!

  7. Lisa, I wish I was on your gift list, what a wonderful looking box of treats. I agree, these haystack cookies are quite addictive and I love your addition of sea salt!

  8. Love the addition of olive oil and fleur de sel...I would gobble up all of these myself! Happy 2014!!!

  9. What a fun twist!! These are a classic, love the salty eliment you added!

  10. crunchy ones, i love the shape they have and for sure have a demential and divine taste ;)


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