I had never heard of these cookies until my friend Joanne mentioned she was picking up some oats to make no-bake haystack cookies. Apparently, she makes them quite often for family get-togethers. Everyone loves them, she says. So the next day I gathered up the ingredients she told me to get, and I made them in less than 20 minutes, and wow, they are good.
For another awesome no-bake cookie recipe, try my no-bake chocolate roll cookies
No-Bake Haystack Cookies
- 2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
In a medium sized pot on medium heat, stir together the sugar, milk, butter and salt. Keep stirring until mixture starts to boil. Add cocoa powder and keep stirring for 4 minutes keeping mixture at a low boil. Turn off burner add vanilla and keep pot on the burner while adding oats and coconut all at once. By keeping the pot on the warm burner keeps the mixture from cooling off too quickly while mixing in oats and coconut. Stir really well, then with 2 spoons drop onto wax paper or parchment paper. Mixture will cool really quickly, so don’t dawdle.
**TIP - If using sweetened coconut, reduce sugar by 1/2 cup to 1 cup