SMiLes by Meg


This is probably the most satisfying thing you can make with only three ingredients.  And there is no baking involved.  They are crunchy, they are peanut buttery, and they are sweet.  The first time I had them was when my aunt made them (shout out to Anne!) for a family party, and I probably ate between 5 and 25 before my mom had to cut me off.  So when I wasn’t totally sure what to make this weekend, I was digging through recipes that people have emailed me and found it, as well as multiple variations that may make later appearances.

All you need is peanut butter, butterscotch chips, and corn flakes.

Haystacks - 1Yupp, that’s it.  Also, don’t get me started on how ridiculous it is that one little tiny thing of peanut butter costs $3.49 while I could get 3 cans of tomato sauce for my chili tonight for $1.  That’s criminal.

Anyways, melt the peanut butter and butterscotch chips in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.  This is what it looks like at first:

Haystacks - 2After a minute or two:

Haystacks - 3And once it’s all done and smooth:

Haystacks - 4Take the mixture off the heat and add the corn flakes.  As you stir, you’ll crunch them up, which is totally fine.  Don’t feel like you need to carefully fold them in – it will drive you crazy and is impossible.

Haystacks - 5Haystacks - 6Once combined, drop by rounded tablespoon onto a cookie sheet.  No need to grease it – the peanut butter does that for you.  If you are a real neat freak, you can put wax paper down, but I didn’t have any.  Also, no need to worry about spreading – you aren’t baking them, so you can put them as close as you want as long as they aren’t touching.

Haystacks - 7I got 22 out of the recipe with enough left over to lick the spoon.  Put them in the refrigerator and let set until hardened.  Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  They are like crack, so you might want to keep them out of sight if that’s an option.

Yes, they really are that easy.  And there really isn’t much else to say about them.  Other than if something only takes 3 ingredients and 10 minutes to prepare, you literally have no excuse not to give these a try.


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  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 11 oz package butterscotch chips
  • 3 cups corn flakes


  1. Melt peanut butter and butterscotch chips over low heat in a large saucepan until smooth, stirring regularly.
  2. Remove from heat and mix in corn flakes until combined.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Refrigerate until set.


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