Chocolate Haystacks

Haystacks under the tree, waiting for Santa.
Haystacks under the tree, waiting for Santa.

As much as I love to bake, sometimes you just need a quick, easy, no-bake cookie–and are that go-to for me.  I remember my mom making these around the holidays when I was a child.  Mom had a repertoire of probably two dozen different Christmas cookies–thumbprints, lemon sandwich cookies, Corn Flake wreathes, divinity…She would start baking early and freeze these delicious treats, taking them out of the freezer (or off the enclosed front porch) whenever company stopped over.  I would snitch cookies for an after school treat now and then.  More often than not, it would be a haystack–they are so delicious frozen!

Since these a no-bake treat, these were also among the first cookies I got to make on my own.   You only need a couple of ingredients, a few minutes, and absolutely no experience in the kitchen.  How can you go wrong?



Yup, that's all you need
Yup, that’s all you need




  • 3 cups of chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup of cashews (or more depending on your taste)
  • 1 12-oz bag of semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 t. vanilla



Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-covered baking sheet.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-covered baking sheet.


  1. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine chow mein noodles and cashews, set aside.
  3. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave until smooth and creamy, add vanilla.
  4. Pour melted chocolate over chow mein noodles and cashews, stirring until all dry ingredients are coated in chocolate.
  5. Using two spoons drop mixture by the teaspoonful onto parchment-covered baking sheets.  Allow to set.
  6. Makes about 4 dozen.


Waiting for Santa.
Waiting for Santa.


Yup, that’s it.  This recipe traditionally uses butterscotch-flavored chips so that the cookies actually resemble haystacks, but I prefer chocolate.  Feel free to go the traditional route or use chocolate like I did.  You may even want to combine the two flavors.  Or use peanut butter chips or mint chocolate.  Or add marshmallows.  You get the idea. Have fun and enjoy this simple recipe.  For me, it brings back the wonderful Christmas memories of my childhood.

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