The perfect no-bake haystacks recipe for the holidays

Published Dec 23, 2020 02:00 p.m. ET
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Haystacks are often served up with fancy toppings for Christmas or New Year's celebrations, and for a good reason. They are the perfect finger food, and you don't have to slave over the oven to make of thee delicious treats to feed a crowd. Of course, here we're going to add our own little twist on the more traditional version so that the haystacks are infused with cannabutter, but the result looks and tastes just like the real thing.

What are haystacks?

Haystack cookies are small mess-free finger-friendly desserts that are made with a unique combination of ingredients that at first, don't seem very appealing if you haven't had the pleasure of trying them finished first. Still, it all comes together in the end in a combination of crunchy noodles, chocolate, butter, peanuts, sugar and sprinkles that tastes so good, it will be hard to stop at one or two.

How to make haystack cookies

They're just like regular cookies only, crunchier, sweeter, and much more interesting to look at. Since this haystack’s recipe calls for a heavy dose of sprinkles, it's super easy to decorate these treats to suit almost any theme or holidays, so you don't have to be limited to only enjoying them once or twice a year.

Preparation: 12 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Calories: 92

Servings: 24


  • 1 ½ cups chow mein noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 cup cocktail peanuts
  • 12 ounces white chocolate candy melts (or vanilla chocolate chips)
  • 10 ounces cocoa candy melts (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 2 level tablespoons cannabutter
  • Gold and silver sprinkles


  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Microwave-safe bowls (x2)
  • Silicone spatula
  • Tablespoons (or some other scooping tool)


  1. You can get started by lining the biggest baking pan you have with parchment paper.

  2. Toss the peanuts and noodles into a mixing bowl together, and then mix them.

  3. Add the white chocolate candy melts and half of the cannabutter to a safe microwave bowl, and heat the ingredients on high in 30-second increments until they are melted. Make sure to retrieve the bowl and scrapes the edges to avoid lumps from burning.

  4. Once the chocolate melts and cannabutter have combined, pour it in with the noodles and peanuts, and then stir everything together with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are all thoroughly combined.

  5. Use a tablespoon to scoop and transfer the freshly made mixture into small piles on the prepared baking sheet, one at a time.

  6. Once all of it has been spread out across the parchment paper. The pan can be temporarily placed in the fridge so that your treats can harden while you move on to the next layer.

  7. In a clean microwave-safe bowl, dump the cocoa melts along with the remaining cannabutter, and then heat them on high in 30-second increments, just like before. Until everything inside is turned into a perfect liquidly lump-free drizzle, don't forget to frequently stir it for an even transfer of heat.

  8. When the drizzle is ready, you can retrieve the pan from the fridge and use a tablespoon to drizzle the cocoa goodness over the top of each of the white haystacks. You will need to work quickly, as the chocolate will harden fast, and we'll need the sprinkles to stick.

  9. Use an even amount of the sparkly sprinkles to dazzle and decorate the top of the haystacks.

These delicious treats are now complete, and within a few minutes of topping, they're ready for you to dig right in!

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