Fresh Pecans and Haystack Cookies

Today was an absolutely beautiful fall day!  Although the temperatures were about 10 degrees higher than normal (global warming??), the breeze was gentle and cool. I was able to purchase some fresh pecans earlier in the week from a friend. I have not had fresh pecans in quite a few years, so this is a real treat for me!  I grew up having about 5 pecan trees in our yard, and many fall days were spent picking them up. While my siblings and I were in school during the day, my mom would spend time cracking them. In the evenings or on the weekends,  the rest of us would often sit around the table talking and cleaning the nuts.  Definitely fun memories!  Today I spent about half an hour cracking some pecans using the old nut cracker that my mom used years ago!

Haystack Cookies are a fun treat that I first made when my kids were little.    These are an easy no-bake cookie that even toddlers can help with.  You can’t lose with just 3 ingredients!

6 oz. butterscotch chips

2 c. chow mein noodles

1 c. peanuts

Melt the butterscotch chips on low heat in a large sauce pot, stirring frequently. Add the chow mein noodles and peanuts. Stir to coat.  Using a tablespoon, make “haystacks”  out of the mixture and place on cookie sheets.   Allow to cool.  If the mixture is too dry, add more chips. If it is too wet, add more chow mein noodles or peanuts.