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Chocolate Haystack Cookies

Chocolate Haystack Cookies combine creamy white and semi sweet chocolate chip with crunchy chow mein noodles in this decadent treat that everyone will love! With just 3 ingredients, and festive & fun garnishes, these reindeer snacks are a fun holiday treat for kids, and reindeer, of all ages!

stack of cookies on a red and white platter

Chocolate Haystack Cookies

This no bake treat is just what you are looking for!

Cookies are one of my favorite desserts because they are small, portable, and can pack a ton of flavor and texture into one bite.

When I think of the holidays, and cookies, I think of what would Santa want to snack on. But this year, I want to focus on the reindeer 🙂

If the reindeer aren’t happy, then Santa doesn’t go anywhere! So we gotta keep them happy.

I have a feeling that they like gingerbread, chocolate (because who doesn’t like chocolate,) and they want something crunchy.

I immediately thought haystack cookies. Crunchy, sweet, salty, chocolate-y, and I can make them festive for holidays with the help of some bright sprinkles.

This chocolate haystack cookie recipe uses just 3 ingredients and you can dress them up any way that you want!

labeled picture of haystack cookies ingredients

What are Haystacks made of?

The beauty of these no bake haystack cookies is that they only need 3 ingredients. 2 if you use only one type of chocolate!

Ingredients Needed

Chow mein noodles – These crunchy noodles are found in the Asian section of the grocery store. You can also use pretzels in a pinch.

White chocolate chips – It’s better to get block chocolate or almond bark as chips tend to be harder to melt.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips – These add a nice balance. Use dark chocolate in a pinch.

Reindeer Food Sprinkles – optional

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How to make Haystack Cookies

First: In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, in 30 second intervals. Stirring in between to ensure even melting.

Second: In a large bowl, combine the chocolate mixture and chow mein noodles. Stir to coat evenly.

Third: Using a scoop or spoon, drop the mixture on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to keep them in tight piles and not let them spread too much.

Fourth: Top with sprinkles and let set until completely cooled. The chocolate will set at room temperature but you can you always place them in the fridge to speed it up.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

How Big to Make Them

I like to make my stacks about 2 tablespoons. This is a good size and will give you 24 cookies. Use an ice cream scoop to keep them even.

haystack cookies in cupcake liners

Do they need to be refrigerated?

These cookies can be refrigerated to speed up the chocolate setting but for long term storage, I would keep them at room temperature.

Condensation could form in the container and water will ruin the cookies.

Keep the cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. If they last that long.

Why are my haystack cookies dry?

Sometimes the chocolate gets overheated which can cause the sugar crystals to harden and become crumbly. Make sure you start out with good quality chocolate and keep water out of the mixture!

reindeer haystack cookies on a plate

NUTS: almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans

NOODLES: pretzel sticks, potato chips, cereal, oatmeal, shredded coconut

CHOCOLATE: white, semi-sweet, dark, peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips

MIX-INS: dried cranberries, dried strawberries, toffee bits, sprinkles, M&M candies, cookies, mini marshmallows

Tips for No Leftovers

  • start with good quality chocolate and melt carefully.
  • the microwave is the easiest way to melt the chocolate chips but you can use a double boiler as well.
  • switch up the flavor of chips you use and add in some other goodies.
  • use an ice cream scoop to keep the stacks uniform in shape.
  • once you scoop them onto the baking paper, use your fingers or hands to shape them into stacks before they solidify.
  • use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to set up cookies. I wouldn’t recommend wax paper as it can melt slightly with the heat of the chocolate.

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These easy no bake Haystack Cookies are made with creamy white and semi-sweet chocolate chips and crunchy Chinese chow mein noodles.

chocolate haystack cookies up close

Chocolate Haystack Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

With just 3 ingredients, and festive & fun garnishes, these reindeer snacks are a fun holiday treat for kids, and reindeer, of all ages!


  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces Chinese chow mein noodles
  • Sprinkles


  1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the chow mein noodles and stir to coat evenly.
  4. Scoop out and place small mounds on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  5. Garnish with festive sprinkles!
  6. Let set for 15 minutes or until completely solid.
  7. Enjoy or store until ready to eat.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Tuesday 24th of October 2023

these is a good blog about chocolate haystack cookies


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Oh yes. I had completely forgotten about haystacks! Then again, I don't think a can of those noodles will last in this house...

Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng

Friday 13th of November 2020

These are so cute! And no one wants an unhappy reindeer!


Thursday 12th of November 2020

I love the added color in these!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Thursday 12th of November 2020

I love an easy holiday recipe...especially one that tastes as amazing as this one! Merry Christmas!

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