Our super easy Haystack Cookies are the perfect No Bake combo of sweet chocolate and salty crunch! Great for any season, right from my Grandmas recipe box!

Haystack Cookies lined up on a baking paper

There are about ten zillion recipes for Haystack Cookies. That may or may not be a slight exaggeration, but there are so many variations to this simple little treat, each author claims theirs is the best. I use my Grandmother’s recipe for three reasons:

  1. It’s delicious
  2. It’s easier than the current method of teaching Kindergarten math
  3. Everything to come out of my Granny’s kitchen is untouchable perfection

Haystack cookies are fantastic for bake sales and quick summertime treats. You can top them with a few holiday sprinkles and watch them effortlessly complete any Christmas cookie tray. Also, haystack cookies are very kid friendly. We are hereby reinforcing those Instagram posts about enjoying baking with your kids. Let the anxiety you feel watching them bake melt away alongside the chocolate. Haystack cookies do not include ingredients that poof or drip, and they omit the hot oven. 

Haystack Cookies with different sprinkles on a baking paper


  • There are only three ingredients in the entire recipe!
  • Haystack cookies are not only sweet, but the crunch of the noodles is incredible.
  • You can pump out a large volume of them at a fast pace, making them wonderful for bake sales, potlucks, and parties.
  • The variations are endless and fun to play with…especially for kids!

Haystack Cookies lined up on a baking paper

What Are Haystack Cookies?

A sweet, delicious little cookie that is perfect for any occasion (or just because…), haystack cookies should be a staple at every cookie bake. Even though they are technically “no-bake”, they round off a cookie tray nicely when paired with my No Bake Peanut Butter Bars. Haystack cookies are made with melted chocolate/butterscotch chips and chow mein noodles. This combination is a delightful mix of sugar and crunch. In order to achieve a delicate crisp throughout, I can’t help but advise you go with the traditional haystack cookies chow mein noodles style. However, if you don’t have noodles handy, haystack cookies with corn flakes makes for a tasty substitution.




What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Haystack Cookies?

Prepared Ingredients for Haystack Cookies

My grandmother’s recipe for haystack cookies included only semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chow mein noodles. However, these yummy drop cookies have such a versatile flavor that anything goes. Kind of like Rice Krispie Treats, you can throw in pretty much any sweet ingredient and they still taste amazing. Shredded coconut shines in the recipe for haystack cookies Allrecipes shares. If you love coconut, it makes a wonderful flavor play in this recipe. When adding it, I suggest between ¾ of a cup and 1 cup, to taste. I usually make the haystack cookies no coconut version, but coconut truly is delicious in this recipe and gives it a sweet summery flavor…

How Do You Make Haystack Cookies?

Combine chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl. Melt for 30 seconds and then in 15-second intervals, until the chocolate is nice and silky. Now is the time to toss in any extras! Fold in your additions (nuts, peanut butter, M&M’s…) and chow mein noodles. Fold them gently. Next, drop that lucious mixture in spoonfuls onto your cookie sheet and put them in the fridge to set. From start to finish, you’re looking at a half hour, tops.

Step By Step Overview: How To Make Haystack Cookies

  1. Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper. In a microwave safe bowl combine butterscotch and chocolate chips. Cook in the microwave. Take the bowl out and stir.
  2. If needed, microwave at additional 15-second interval, stir until smooth and melted.
  3. Gently fold chow mein noodles in the melted mixture.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet. Place in the fridge, and let the cookies set.

Step By Step How To Make Haystack Cookies


Haystack Cookies lined up on a baking paper
5 from 5 votes

Haystack Cookies

Our super easy Haystack cookies are the perfect No Bake combo of sweet chocolate and salty crunch! Great for any season, right from my Grandmas recipe box

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 15 Cookies
Calories 267 kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 12 Ounces Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 11 Ounces Butterscotch Chips
  • 4 Cups Crispy Chow Mein Noodles, About 3 (3 Ounce) Cans


  1. Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine the semisweet chocolate chips and the butterscotch chips.

  3. Cook in the microwave, on high, for 45 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave and vigorously stir the chips. If needed, microwave at additional 15-second intervals, stirring (yes, vigorously!) between each interval, until the chips are smooth and melted.

  4. Add chow mein noodles and gently fold until they're evenly coated.

  5. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Place in the fridge, 10-15 minutes, or until cookies are set.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Haystack Cookies
Amount Per Serving (15 Cookies)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Potassium 142mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Recipe Notes For Haystack Cookies:

Chow Mein Noodles: These are the cornerstone of the recipe because they add an amazing flavor with a happy little crunch in every bite. You’re looking for fried noodles in a can, and they can generally be found in the Asian section of your supermarket. The brand I buy is La Choy.

Melting the Chips:

  • Butterscotch Chips: When using and melting butterscotch chips in this recipe, it’s important to make sure they don’t burn/scorch. Keep with the 15-second intervals here, recommended in the recipe. There should be a few chips left unmelted when you do the final stir.

Step By Step How To Melt Butterscotch and Chocolate Chips

Melting Stages:

  1. Chips vigorously stirred after 45 seconds on high.
  2. Chips vigorously stirred after additional 15 seconds on high.
  3. Chips vigorously stirred after 15 seconds more on high.

*** NOTE: You may need more 15-second intervals. Everyone’s microwave cooks a little differently***

Variations: You can tweak these to taste any way you please, but there are a couple popular add-on ingredients that guarantee a flavor twist that won’t disappoint.

  • Peanut Butter: To make haystack cookies with peanut butter, you can simply switch out the butterscotch chips for peanut butter chips! So delicious!
  • Marshmallows: If you’ll make haystack cookies with marshmallows, melt your chocolate/candies and then fold chow mein noodles and marshmallows in together.

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Can you freeze Haystack Cookies?

Since these are easy to double and triple, many people ask “can you freeze haystack cookies?”. Yep! Haystack cookies freeze like a dream. Once they’ve set in the fridge, toss them in a gallon Ziploc bag and into the freezer they go. They’re actually pretty delicious straight out of the freezer, just be careful not to crack a tooth. Impatience and thawing desserts do not mix well, and this combination has made many a dentists wallet fatter.

Haystack Cookies lined up on a baking paper

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Step By Step How To Make Haystack Cookies