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No Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies

These timeless kid-friendly gems are so easy. Just mix, let set and enjoy! The blend of coconut, chocolate and oats is a simple and easy treat for kids and the kids-at-heart. These babies are more like a cookie than a granola bar, but not as moist as a macaroon. The great part is they take just 10 minutes from start to eat, with no baking!
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Servings 24 cookies


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and salt. Heat to low boil, stirring often. When a low boil is reached, cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove pan from heat and quickly mix in vanilla, oats and coconut until incorporated.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheet (you will need to press a bit to hold each mound together). Let cool until set, about 5 minutes.


If you don't like coconut, you can substitute 1/2 cup butter + 1/2 cup nut butter. Stead of Haystacks, you now have No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies!