Make these super easy 3-ingredient Haystack Cookies for Christmas this year! These no-bake treats are so simple to make that even kids can make them, and everyone loves them!
I love easy no-bake treats, and these haystacks are a favorite! They take just a few minutes to throw together, then you just decorate and wait for them to set and harden. They look pretty on a cookie tray and taste good too. You will also love the crunch of the chow mein noodles, just make sure that you use unflavored ones.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- No-Bake Treat. You will love how simple these treats are since they require no baking. Your oven will probably be busy baking up Christmas cookies, and this recipe comes in very handy!
- Three Ingredients. To make these haystacks, you only need 3 simple ingredients, making these cookies budget-friendly.
- Customizable. I used white almond bark, green food coloring, and holiday sprinkles but you can make these cookies your own. Make them in red, or keep them plain white and switch up the sprinkles to your favorite design. Whatever you do, just make sure that they look super festive and fun!
Recommended Cookie Making Tools
These tools are all in my kitchen, and help me bake cookies with ease. Pick up any that you don’t already have, and you’ll be ready for baking or cookie making any time.
- Pyrex Mixing Bowls: There’s something about these clear glass mixing bowls that brings me back to baking with my mother. They are a must for me, even though I’ve tried other bowls, I still come back to these every time.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: This set from OXO is just so well designed! There are magnets in the handles so they stack and stick to each other perfectly.
- Kitchen Scales: for measuring ingredients or portions by weight, this glass kitchen scale is my favorite.
- Cookie Scoop: This scoop is a small size, and makes one tablespoon sized scoops, perfect for most drop cookie recipes. I suggest keeping a medium cookie scoop on hand as well.
- Cookie Sheet: I love my Nordic Ware half sheet pans. They are very high quality and last forever.
- Silpat: To line the cookie sheets, a Silpat silicone mat in half size is perfect for making everything non-stick, and you’ll never need to buy parchment paper again.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- White Almond Bark or Chocolate: Use a good quality bar of white almond bark or white chocolate. Keep in mind that almond bark is easier to work with, you can easily melt it in the microwave and it sets beautifully. White chocolate has a different flavor and requires tempering, I prefer to melt white chocolate over a double boiler.
- Chow Mein Noodles: These noodles are crunchy and made with gluten. You can find them in the Asian section at the grocery store, just make sure that you get the plain unflavored ones. The most popular brand of chow mein noodles is LaChoy.
- Food Coloring and Sprinkles: To make your haystacks holiday-themed, add a few drops of green food coloring until you reach the desired color (it should be bright!), then decorate with holiday sprinkles.
How To Make Haystack Cookies
- Line 2 half size cookie sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
- Melt white almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until melted stirring in between.
- To the melted bark, add a few drops of food coloring and stir until you reach the desired color.
- Stir in chow mein noodles until they’re well coated, then drop rounded spoonfuls on a lined baking sheet and decorate with sprinkles.
- Allow the cookies to set at room temperature for 2-3 hours or overnight to firm up.
TIP: To speed up the hardening process, pop the treats in the fridge or freezer for half an hour or until they set completely.
- Grinch Haystacks. Want to make Grinch themed haystacks? Decorate with jumbo heart sprinkles!
- Smaller Cookies. You can make these candies as small or large as you want! I made 16 large haystack cookies, but you can easily make 32 smaller ones.
- Can’t Find Chow Mein Noodles? You can substitute with small pretzels, or stick pretzels broken up into smaller pieces, crispy cereal, or shoestring chips.
- Use Other Decorations. Have fun with the decorations, add mini marshmallows, broken pretzels, dried fruit, or holiday M&M’s.
- Other Flavors. For the traditional peanut butter version, check out this classic haystacks recipe. You can also add different extracts such as vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract.
Store your haystack cookies in an airtight container for up to three days. You can keep them at room temperature, but if it’s warm in your home you might want to refrigerate them.
You can also freeze haystacks in a freezer bag for 1-2 months.
Other Treats You Should Try This Christmas!
- No-Bake Christmas Tree Pretzels
- Classic Gingerbread Cookies
- Grinch Sugar Cookie Bars
- Grinch Cookies
- Melting Snowman Cookies
- Pizzelle Cookies
Make sure to Pin this recipe so you can make it every year! I know this will be a new holiday tradition for you and your family.