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Chocolate Haystacks: an easy recipe for tasty no-bake cookies

Total time: 20 min + chilling time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist
Chocolate chips
24 ounces
chow mein noodles
2 cups
toasted nuts
1 cup
Sea salt

Everyone loves cookies, but there's no denying that sometimes we'd rather not use the oven. The solution? No-bake cookies, of course! If you're in the mood for some crunchy, chocolatey cookies, then you'll love this no-bake chocolate haystack recipe. You can whip up a batch of chocolate haystacks in under 20 minutes, making them a perfect low-effort homemade sweet treat you can throw together whenever you fancy. Made with pantry staples like chow mein noodles, chocolate, and nuts, chocolate haystacks will hit the spot anytime you're craving a salty, sweet snack.


Tips for Making No-Bake Chocolate Haystacks

Use any type of toasted nuts you prefer – pistachio, pecan, almonds, cashews, or peanuts.

If your haystacks aren't hardening, or to make them set more quickly, put them in the freezer or fridge for 10 to 30 minutes.

Add other flavorings for tasty variations on your classic chocolate haystack cookies. Mix in some peanut butter or butterscotch, or sprinkle some coconut, a drizzle of chocolate, or caramel over the cookies.

Make vegan haystacks by swapping out the chocolate chips for vegan chocolate. For keto chocolate haystacks, use low-carb chow mein noodles and keto chocolate.

How to Store Chocolate Haystacks Cookies

Keep your chocolate haystack cookies fresh by storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 

How to Make Chocolate Haystacks

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at 1-minute intervals, stirring occasionally, until fully melted.


Pour melted chocolate in the noodles.


Add in the nuts. Mix until well-coated.


Scoop a heaping spoonful of the mixture onto the baking sheet.


Repeat until the entire mixture is used. Sprinkle with salt. Leave to set.


Use dark, milk, or white chocolate to make your chocolate haystacks.

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