Easy NO BAKE Haystack Cookies are made with chocolate chips, butterscotch and chow mein noodles. Simple to make in just a few minutes, chow mein cookies make a great, quick last minute treat.

Haystack cookies on a white square plate.

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Haystack Cookies

Cookie baking season has snuck up on me this year and I only have a few batches under my belt. I think time got the better of me and I’m not well equipped mentally to plunge into the whole baking fest that usually ensues during the holiday season. So, I’m glad I have a few easy no bake recipes under my belt to look like I have my act together.

The first time I tried these easy Haystack Cookies was at an office cookie swap. Everyone brought their favorite cookie recipe and we traded a few of each so at the end of the day we all had a pretty epic cookie tray to nosh on. I, naturally, took my famous Gingerbread Men. A coworker brought a pile of Butterscotch Haystack Cookies and, while I was totally skeptical, I took a bite. And an obsession began.

Chocolate haystack cookies on a baking sheet.

What are Haystack Cookies?

This Haystack Cookie recipe is made with both melted chocolate chips and butterscotch chips combined with chow mein noodles. I don’t really know where they originated but the whole concept is pretty genius if you ask me.

They look like little haystacks and they actually should be more of a Haystack Candy than a cookie. 

How To Make Haystack Cookies

This recipe couldn’t be simpler to make and all you need are three ingredients. (Four if you use sprinkles!)

  1. Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in a large bowl by microwaving at 30 second intervals until smooth.
  2. Pour the chocolate over the chow mein noodles and stir to combine.
  3. Drop heaping tablespoons of the candy coated noodles onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Decorate with sprinkles, if using, and allow to set.

I like to use this baking mat and these baking sheets to make my cookies.

Since these Haystack Cookies are no bake, they’re really quick to make on the fly if you have drop in guests or need a quick hostess gift for the holidays.


There are so many ways to mix up your Haystack Cookie recipe, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Swap out your chocolate and butterscotch for white chocolate chips.
  • Stir in a handful of nuts.
  • Fold in shredded coconut.
  • Skip the butterscotch, double the chocolate and add a pinch of cayenne.
  • Add a tablespoon of peanut butter to the mix.
  • Blend in a few scoops of toffee chips.

This is a great kid friendly recipe that they can make themselves. Simply melt the chocolate and they can do the rest. They love decorating their Haystack Cookies with fun sprinkles and chopped nuts.

Haystack cookies on a baking sheet.

How To Store

We, generally, eat these pretty quickly so you can safely store them at room temperature in an airtight container. If you’re going to have them around longer than a week, I recommend storing them in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Alternatively, you can FREEZE your haystack cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Chocolate haystack cookies on a white square plate.

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Chocolate haystack cookies on a white square plate.

Get the Recipe: Haystack Cookie Recipe

Easy Haystack Cookies are made by combining melted chocolate, butterscotch chips and chow mein noodles and then chilling until set.
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  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces butterscotch chips
  • 12 ounces chow mein noodles
  • sprinkles, if desired


  • baking sheet


  • Combine the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat the chocolate and butterscotch in the microwave at full power for 30 seconds. Stir and heat for 30 second increments until smooth.
  • Add the chow mein noodles to a large bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over the noodles. Stir to coat.
  • Spoon heaping tablespoons of the chow mein noodles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat mat. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.
  • Allow the cookies to set, approximately 20-30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Store in an airtight container.


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Haystack Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.
Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 307mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 92IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg