Haystacks: No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Unbaked Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Each year, our family would wait eagerly for my grandparents' box of Christmas treats. This recipe was my grandfather's contribution: Haystacks. But we called these easy, unbaked chocolate-oatmeal cookies "Gramps Goodies"!

Chocolate bundles of crunchy rolled oats, crisp coconut and plump pecans, these traditional Christmas favorites are easy to make ... and this candy freezes well if properly packaged.


1⁄3 cups
cocoa powder
2 cups
sugar, granulated
1⁄2 cups
1⁄2 cups
butter, unsalted
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
2 cups
rolled oats, uncooked
1 cup
shredded coconut
1⁄2 cups
pecans, chopped


In a large saucepan, combine cocoa, sugar, milk and butter. Heat, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until the mixture boils. Boil 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla, oats, coconut and pecans. Stir until stiff.

Drop in heaping teaspoonfuls on waxed paper. Cool.


To freeze, stack candies in single layers separated by wax paper. Place in zipper freezer food storage bag, and freeze for up to 2 months.

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