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Easy No-Bake Grinch Haystack Cookies

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Easy No-Bake Grinch Haystack Cookies are the quintessential no-bake cookies for the holiday season. Most often made with butterscotch morsels and sometimes called Haystack candy.

Grinch Haystacks
Grinch Haystack Cookies

No matter if you call it Haystack cookies or Haystack candy, it’s one of our must-make desserts for the holiday season.

Such a versatile recipe with many variations including mine which is to give a nod to the Grinch with green candy melts instead of butterscotch morsels. The perfect Christmas cookies for Christmas movie night.

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There are only four simple ingredients in the recipe which fit right into my collection of easy recipes. The best part about this haystack cookie recipe is that it is a no-bake treat!

Ingredients

Grinch Haystacks ingredients

Tools Needed

  • Cookie Sheet, I use 2 for this recipe
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Rubber Spatula
  • 2 Large spoons or a cookie scoop

How to make Grinch Haystack cookies

Step 1

You will want to begin making these little haystacks by setting up your work surface. Once you melt the candies, this process goes pretty quickly.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. You may need two baking sheets depending on how big you make your cookies.

green candy melts in a microwave safe bowl

Step 2

Place the candy melts in a large mixing bowl and microwave for 3 minutes, using 15-second intervals, pausing to stir.

I do not recommend 30-second intervals because microwaves all work at different power levels and melting candy in the microwave is a delicate process for best results.

Once they are smooth and creamy, add the coconut oil and stir until well blended.

How to make a double boiler

Fill a pot about 1/4 of the way with water and bring to a boil then reduce heat. Adding too much water can cause a risk of getting water droplets into your candy. Set a large heatproof glass bowl onto the pot and pour your candy into it. The steam from the hot water will begin to melt the candy. Stir, almost constantly until all the candy is melted.

melting green candy melts

Step 3

Add the chow mein noodles to the melted candy and gently fold them in until they’re fully coated. Keep folding until you have a really good blended mixture.

If you are adding peanuts or marshmallows, this is the step to do that.

fold in the chow mien noodles

Step 4

Spoon the mixture onto the prepared sheets into small haystacks of your desired size. Immediately place a large red heart sprinkle on the top middle of each cookie while it is still warm and not set.

Use two large spoons to create your Haystacks or a cookie scoop for a more uniform size of each cookie.

Step 5

It takes about 3 hours for these chow mein noodle cookies to be completely set on the kitchen counter. You can speed that process up by putting them in the refrigerator.

Place the cookies in the fridge to chill for about 10 minutes or until hardened. Serve and enjoy!

Grinch Haystack Cookies

Tips

  • You can make these stacks as big or as little as you like! Mine is rather a large stacks of hay because that is how my bunch enjoy these.
  • Check your local craft store that sells cake supplies, like Michael’s for the green candy melts. If you can’t get vibrant green candy melts, get a bright green oil-based food dye, like these, and just use white chocolate chips with the dye.
  • I used these red heart sprinkles, but if you can’t find them, any heart candy will do.
green haystack cookies with a red candy heart

Small pretzels can be substituted for the crunchy Chow Mein Noodles.

Substitute any morsels for the candy melts. Butterscotch haystacks seem to be the most popular. You can also use; Milk chocolate morsels, semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or vanilla morsels. There is even a package of milk chocolate & peanut butter combination morsels you can buy now.

Adding creamy peanut butter to your butterscotch haystack cookies is a popular flavor.

Add mini marshmallows or cocktail peanuts for variety.

Holiday sprinkles can be added and are a big hit, especially with the vanilla morsels version.

Christmas Grinch Haystack cookies

Fill a pretty cookie tin with these Christmas Haystacks and give them as gifts from the kitchen to friends, family, or co-workers. Take them to the office party and serve them at Christmas parties.

These are the perfect snack for Christmas movie night at home too. See my Christmas Movie Night Snack Bar for more ideas to create a festive spirit at home.

How To Store Haystacks

Store your easy Haystack cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Place some wax paper between layers so they don’t stick together.

They can be stored on the counter in an airtight container as long as the room is kept cool.

These can be stored for up to about 5 days but they will never last that long. Everyone will gobble these Christmas goodies up quickly and you will need to make another batch.

Yield: 18

Grinch Haystack Cookies

green haystack cookies with a red candy heart

The classic Haystack cookies give a nod to the Grinch. Easy recipe ready in minutes. Serve these green Grinch Haystack cookies on Christmas movie night, take them to the cookie exchange or Christmas parties. The perfect festive holiday treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 Ounces Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1 12-Ounce Bag of Green Candy Melts
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Crisco
  • Large Red Heart Candies

Instructions

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. You may need two baking sheets depending on how big you make your cookies.

    Place the candy melts in a large mixing bowl and microwave for 3 minutes, using 15-second intervals, pausing to stir, until completely melted.

    Once they are smooth and creamy, add the coconut oil and stir until well blended.

    Add the chow mein noodles to the melted candy and gently fold them in until they’re fully coated. Keep folding until you have a really good blended mixture.

    Spoon the mixture onto the prepared sheets into small haystacks of your desired size. Immediately place a large red heart sprinkle on the top middle of each cookie while it is still warm and not set.

    It takes about 3 hours for these chow mein noodle cookies to be completely set on the kitchen counter. You can speed that process up by putting them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or until set.

    Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Use two large spoons to create your Haystacks or a cookie scoop for a more uniform size of each cookie.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 158Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 194mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 1g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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