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A Different Kind of Haystack Cookie

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Haystack cookies are typically made with coconut and oats. This version substitutes chow mien noodles, pretzels, nuts, and dried fruit. This is a guide about a different kind of haystack cookie.


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February 7, 2015

These cookies/candy have an unusual list of ingredients but they are so good. I've made them with just pretzels or just chow mein noodles. Today, I had a little of both leftover and threw 'em all in. You can really add whatever you might like in there. It's a great way to use up all those odds and ends. Plus, it tastes good, too!


Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: about 12, depending on the size.


  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips, any type. I used white chocolate chips today.
  • 1 Tbsp shortening
  • 1 cup broken up pretzels
  • 1/2 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1/3 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins, cranberries or whatever you like. I used a variety pack from Trader Joe's. It contains golden raisins, cherries, blueberries and cranberries.


  1. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave. Start out by heating for 30 seconds, stir, then heat another 20 seconds or so. If needed, heat a little longer. Stir til smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir til everything is covered in that lovely chocolate.
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  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
  6. Use the end of your spoon to make sure it all stays together.
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  8. Let cool and enjoy!

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February 8, 20150 found this helpful

These look really good, my kids would love these! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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