Tumbleweeds Recipe

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"I like making these crisp and creamy treats because they require only four ingredients," says Virginia Johnson of Mims, Florida. "It's hard to stop eating them, they're irresistible."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:27 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 27 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) salted peanuts
  • 1 can (7 ounces) potato sticks
  • 3 cups butterscotch chips
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 266 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Combine peanuts and potato sticks in a bowl; set aside. In a microwave, heat butterscotch chips and peanut butter at 70% power for 1-2 minutes or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Add to peanut mixture; stir to coat evenly.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set, about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Tumbleweeds in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p64

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"These are wonderful in taste and so easy to make. One batch is never enough to meet demand!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"One of my all time favorites - easy to make and delicious. I sometimes use different chips (peanut butter and chocolate, or butterscotch and peanut butter) and add a handful of Heath chips after mixing with peanuts/potato sticks."

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