Whether you are looking for a simple teat to give as gifts, or you want to makes something for your family, this eggnog haystack cookie recipe will be well received!
What Is A Haystack Cookie Recipe?
While there really isn’t a whole lot to this recipe, you’d be surprised to know that they are a number of different versions out there.
For me, haystacks have always been made with chow mein noodles, peanut butter, and butterscotch morsels.
But some people make them with pretzels, rice crispy cereal, cocktail peanuts, cornflakes, and/or coconut. I think the key take away from this is you need a crunchy, perhaps salty element and a sweet, chocolatey element. Beyond that, anything goes.
How To Make This Haystack Cookie Recipe
You are going to love this easy no-bake recipe! In a bowl, combine your chow mein noodles and peanuts. I used unsalted, but if you want a little more salty taste, by all means, try the salted peanuts.
I melted white chocolate wafers, which is sometimes called candy bark or white chocolate candy coating. My favorite brand is Ghirardelli. I find that those melt quickly, easily and stirs up nice and smooth. And to me, the flavor beats some of the other brands.
You do not want to use white chocolate chips for this recipe as chocolate morsels will seize up as soon as you add any liquid. For this recipe, you will add a touch of rum extract to lend this haystack recipe that eggnog flavor. A sprinkle of nutmeg brings it all home!
Once the chocolate wafers have melted, quickly whisk in the rum extract and nutmeg then pour the mixture over the chow mein noodles; stir to coat.
Line a large baking sheet with wax paper. Using two large spoons, spoon the haystack cookies and drop the mixture on the prepared baking sheet.
The cookies will take an hour or so to set completely.
How To Store Haystack Cookies
When they haystack cookies are set, store the cookies in an airtight container. It’s best to layer the cookies between pieces of wax paper or parchment paper,
Store cookies for up to one week.
Can You Freeze Haystack Cookies?
Place the set cookies in an airtight container as mentioned above and store in the freezer for 1-2 months.
Butterscotch and chocolate chips, as well as peanut butter chips, can be used in this recipe for a change in flavor.
More No Bake Recipes
- 3 cups chow mein noodles
- 1 cup peanuts (I used unsalted)
- 32 oz chocolate bark or candy coating (I used Ghirardelli)
- 2 teaspoons rum extract ( or less depending on taste)
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Combine the chow mien noodles and peanuts in a large bowl.
- Place the candy coating in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 45 second intervals until melted. Stir in the extract and the nutmeg. Drizzle chocolate mixture over the noodles, stirring to coat.
- Using two spoons, scoop haystacks onto lined baking sheets.
- Allow the haystacks to set completely before storing.
- Haystacks can be stored in an airtight container for 1 week.
Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 7mgSodium 103mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 15gProtein 4g