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Easy White Chocolate Haystacks Recipe

Ya’ll will love this white chocolate haystacks recipe because they are not only delicious but super duper easy to make–I’m honestly not sure there’s an easier cookie to make out there.

The combination of melted rich white chocolate and crunchy chow mein noodles makes for a very fun and tasty cookie. 

A Sweet Treat With Simple Ingredients

Chocolate haystacks on a cookie sheet

Sweet chocolate haystacks bring back good memories. I really don’t remember where I first ate the cookies, but I remember loving them.

And, don’t you love those memories from childhood when you first tried a certain type of cookie at a friend’s house or a party? The memory sticks with you forever. 

I’m not sure why, but I haden’t eaten them in years until I made this recipe. And they are so much fun because they’re made out of chow mein noodles. Who would’ve guessed?

There are two things I love about this recipe–one is that they are so easy to make, and two, they are very inexpensive to make. I’m all about saving money.

The best part? The recipe only calls for three simple ingredients.

With one recipe, I filled up a gallon-sized ziplock bag with cookies and took them to the office at the kid’s school for the holidays, and they ate them all up. 

Plus, the whole family loves these cookies. They are some of our favorite holiday treats, and they are perfect for any time of the year.

Perfect For The Busy Holiday Season

If you’re going to a cookie exchange or want to make something to give away as gifts, this is the perfect dessert.

You can add some festive sprinkles to your crispy noodles and chocolate cookie. They are the perfect addition to a holiday cookie tray, as well.

Haystack cookies on a cookie sheet

About The Chocolate Haystacks

You’ll love how versatile the cookies are because the recipe can be made with white chocolate, milk chocolate, butterscotch chips, or peanut butter chips for a variety of flavors. 

I added peanuts to this recipe, but you can leave them out or add something else. For the holidays, I added holiday sprinkles to the top to give it a little bit of a festive look. 

What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Chocolate Haystacks?

Chow mein noodles – the noodles will give the added crunch and body to the cookies. 

White chocolate chips – white chocolate chips will add sweetness to the cookie and hold the noodles together once the melted chocolate cools. 

Peanuts – peanuts are great for adding a salty taste to the cookie. Plus, you can say you had your protein for the day!

Full recipe and printable instructions listed below in the recipe card.

White chocolate chips, peanuts, and bok choy on a counter

How To Make Chocolate Haystack Cookies

  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chow mein noodles and stir until coated.
  3. Toss the peanuts into the bowl and stir until coated. 
  4. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and let them cool.

Step-By-Step Instructions

White chocolate chips in a large glass bowl

Start by adding the white chocolate chips to a large microwaveable bowl. Melt them in the microwave for about one minute, and then stir to help finish melting the chips. 

Pouring chow mein into melted white chocolate

Next, add the chow mein to the melted chocolate

Melted white chocolate, chow mein, and peanuts in a large glass bowl

Add the peanuts to the recipe and stir until both the noodles and the peanuts are coated with chocolate

Peanuts are optional in this recipe. I like to add peanuts because it creates a sweet and salty treat. 

Mixing haystack cookies in a large bowl

Once the noodles and peanuts are covered in chocolate, scoop them onto a cookie sheet.

Or, you can use some parchment paper and spread the cookies out that way, and it makes for some easy clean-up. 

I scooped out rather large cookies, and the recipe created 24 cookies, but you can make them any size you’d like. 

Be sure to scoop fast because the haystacks tend to set up fairly quickly. 

White chocolate haystacks with sprinkles on a cookie sheet

I added a few different types of sprinkles to the cookies for the holidays to give them a little pizazz. 

Tips:

  • Start out by using a large bowl. Once you add the chow mein noodles and peanuts, you’re going to need the room in the bowl to stir and coat everything.
  • When melting the chocolate chips, start by melting them for about one minute and then stir the chips. If you take them out of the microwave and they look like they still need to be melted, stirring them usually does the trick and melts all of the chips.
  • Spoon the cookies fairly quickly onto the parchment paper because they tend to set up fast. 

Optional Ingredients

You can switch up the recipe for haystacks by changing a couple of the ingredients. Here are a few ideas.

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk Chocolate chips
  • Dark Chocolate chips
  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Small bits of candy canes
  • Silver sprinkles on the tops of the cookies
  • Rice Krispies

It’s always fun to add these cookies to a cookie exchange lineup. You can also add these easy chocolate crinkle cookies, chocolate chip banana cookies (vegan and really amazing), and double chocolate cookies.

Be sure to check out the recipe for Christmas pinwheel cookies from The Slow Roasted Italian.

Haystack cookies on a cookie sheet

FAQs

What Are Chocolate Haystacks Made Of?

Chocolate haystacks are usually made with chow mein noodles and melted chocolate.

How Long Can You Freeze Haystacks?

Chocolate haystack cookies can be frozen for several months. Make sure you keep them in a freezer-safe airtight container.

To thaw, place them on the counter or in the refrigerator.

How To Store Chocolate Haystacks

Store the cookies in an airtight container or cover them with some plastic wrap. Keep the cookies at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Easy White Chocolate Haystacks Recipe

Print the recipe for the easy white chocolate haystacks below. The haystack cookie recipe is a delicious treat that is a huge hit with kids and at parties.

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Chocolate haystacks on a cookie sheet

Chocolate Haystacks

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ya'll will love this recipe for white chocolate haystacks because they are not only delicious but super duper easy to make--I'm honestly not sure there's an easier cookie to make out there. The combination of melted rich white chocolate and crunchy chow mein noodles makes for a very fun and tasty cookie. 

Ingredients

  • 11 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 4 cups chow mein noodles
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt the white chocolate in a large bowl for one minute. Stir the chocolate to make sure all of the chips are melted.
  2. Add the peanuts and chow mein noodles to the bowl and stir until coated.
  3. Spoon onto a piece of parchment paper and allow to cool.

Notes

Tips:

  • Start out by using a large bowl. Once you add the chow mein noodles and peanuts, you're going to need the room in the bowl to stir and coat everything.
  • When melting the chocolate chips, start by melting them for about one minute and then stir the chips. If you take them out of the microwave and they look like they still need to be melted, stirring them usually does the trick and melts all of the chips.
  • Spoon the cookies fairly quickly onto the parchment paper because they tend to set up fast. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g

Nutrition is approximate.

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