No Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies

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No time to bake? Try No Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies!

This is my most popular recipe of all time… who knew?

These timeless kid-friendly gems are so easy. Just mix, let dry and enjoy! The blend of coconut, chocolate and oats is a simple and easy treat for kids and the kids-at-heart.

I love to make these as an addition to a cookie platter over the holidays. The colour and shape really adds great texture to the presentation. They are moist and chewy, when your other cookies may be crispy and light.


5.0 from 1 reviews
No Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 dash salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, cocoa and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. When it has reached a rolling boil, cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat and mix in vanilla, oats and coconut.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool.


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  1. Melissa says

    Im wondering how you can recommend these to your readers as healthy for kids when the first ingredient is 2 full cups of sugar? That’s not healthy at all. Even if using a natural sweetener such as agave, honey, or organic maple – two cups is a TON. The average cookie recipe calls for only 1 cup.

  2. Stevie says

    Hey Lori,

    How many haystacks does this recipe make? I’m going to a potluck for 80, and have no idea how many times to make the recipe. Thanks in advance!


  3. Cindy says

    I make these but use unsweetened coconut you don’t need the extra sugar as they are already sweet enough without it.

  4. anneliese says

    Hi, I made these and they ended up too crumbly. Wondering if I cooked them too much or on too high heat? I had to add some milk to the mixture at the end to make it not so crumbly so I could drop them onto wax paper. Any insights about what I did wrong would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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