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Haystacks and Wicker Baskets

When I was in third grade, I made my mom a cookbook. I was in Mrs. Calderazzo and Mrs. Carnevale’s team and for Mother’s Day 1988, each of us brought in a recipe which we copied onto wide ruled paper and illustrated bizarrely. For the past twenty-two years one of those recipes has stuck with me: haystacks. As a kid I would melt butterscotch and chocolate chips over a double broiler then mix in salted peanuts and crispy chow mein noodles. I would eat most of the mixture before spooning bits onto wax paper. The few that made it were cooled in the fridge until hardened then devoured. In college, my mom would bring them up to New Haven for me and my roomates, who mistakenly called our fine haystacks “wicker baskets”. Whatever the name, these are undoubtedly in my top ten favorite sweets. Here’s a peek at my first, but hopefully not last, cookbook:

This one set the bar pretty high. I definitely have my work cut out for me if I hope to outdo this artistic masterpiece.

2016-01-07T14:37:28+00:00 January 21st, 2010|Categories: America, Gastronomic Traditions, Sweets & Dessert|7 Comments


  1. Sarah January 21, 2010 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Katie you are too cute

  2. Lucinda Keller January 22, 2010 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Yum! Well, anything with chocolate and butterscotch so maybe I am easy to please!

    The cookbook is adorable!

  3. Katie January 22, 2010 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Thanks ladies! What ever happened to stencils anyway?

  4. Joe January 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    When did they stop being called “Chinese New Year Cookies”?

  5. Mamma Parla January 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    The name of these yummy treats is “Haystack” (what they are supposed to look like when cooled) which are served for Chinese New Years so both names stuck. The question is – why did your classmates call them “wicker baskets”???

  6. Katie January 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I dont know we always called them just haystacks, though the classmate that brought the recipe wrote them as Chinese New Year Cookies. Did you ever try them at 31 High?

  7. Katie January 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Why? A hint: it’s sticky and green.

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