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Our white chocolate haystacks are a sweet and salty treat featuring the ultimate crunch of chow mein noodles mixed with salty peanuts and coated with white chocolate.
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  1. White Chocolate Haystacks Ingredients
  2. How to Make This White Chocolate Haystacks Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Just looking at these white chocolate haystacks is making my mouth water. They are the perfect mix of sweet and salty, with a bit of crunchy texture to top it off; plus, they’re ridiculously easy to make, which is always a bonus in my book.

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White Chocolate Haystacks Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 18 ounces white almond bark
  • 1 (5-ounce) container of chow mein noodles, or 3 cups (I used La Choy)
  • ¾ cup roasted and salted peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons colorful nonpareils

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

NOODLES: If you cannot find the chow mein noodles, you can substitute potato sticks or pretzels for these haystacks with white chocolate.

ALMOND BARK: You can substitute chocolate almond bark or butterscotch baking chips for the white almond bark in this haystack cookie recipe.

NUTS: You can substitute any roasted and salted nuts for peanuts in these no-bake cookies.

How to Make This White Chocolate Haystacks Recipe

STEP ONE: Add the white almond bark to a large heat-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until completely melted and smooth.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Don’t heat for more than a 30-second interval at a time, and stir well between each heating so that your almond bark doesn’t scorch (if it scorches, it will solidify and clump together, and you’ll have to start over).

white almond microwaved in a bowl

STEP TWO: Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set it aside.

STEP THREE: Stir in the chow mein noodles and peanuts. Continue stirring until the chow mein noodles and peanuts are completely coated with the melted chocolate.

PRO TIP:

Some of the chow mein noodles tend to be really long. Stir gently because the noodles will break apart. It’s okay if they break a little bit so that they don’t stick out every which way when you spoon them out.

If the haystack mixture gets too hard to work with, microwave for 15 to 30 seconds and stir.

chow Mein noodles and peanut stirred in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Measure 2 tablespoons of the coated haystacks and drop them onto the prepared baking sheet. Before the haystacks harden, sprinkle ½ teaspoon of the nonpareils over the haystacks. Allow the candy to dry completely and harden before serving.

PRO TIP:

Make sure to use parchment paper or wax paper when spooning out the haystacks. They’ll lift easily off of the paper. You can place the paper on a baking sheet for ease, moving the haystacks around while they are setting.

coated haystack dropped into the prepared baking sheet

How To Serve

These crunchy cookies are a favorite every year when they appear on a holiday cookie tray. Add them alongside our Christmas pinwheels and Twix cookies for three delectable treats.

Our chocolate haystacks and butterscotch haystacks are just as easy recipes as this one and give you the perfect trio of haystack cookie flavors.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of this delicious treat in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. 

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store leftovers of these peanut holiday haystack cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

IN THE FREEZER: Store this no-bake treat for up to 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container. These sweet treats taste extra yummy chilled as well.

close up shot of a White Chocolate Haystack on a plate

These fun cookies look like little mountains of deliciousness and are so easy to make! Crunchy chow mein noodles and peanuts coated with white chocolate give you the perfect balance of sweet and salty and are always a huge hit around the holidays.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do these delicious cookies need to be refrigerated?

This old-fashioned salty and sweet treat can easily be stored in an airtight container on the counter. If you want to keep them for longer, they can be kept in the fridge or the freezer for up to two months.

Can I double this recipe?

This easy recipe is super easy to double or even triple. Make a big batch of haystacks for sharing or gifting.

Can I use pretzels instead of chow mein noodles?

Pretzels will give these white chocolate haystacks the same satisfying crunch as the crispy noodles, so you can certainly use them instead.

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Our white chocolate haystacks are a sweet and salty treat featuring the ultimate crunch of chow mein noodles mixed with salty peanuts and coated with white chocolate.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • 18 ounces white almond bark
  • 5 ounces chow mein noodles, or 3 cups (I used La Choy)
  • ¾ cup roasted and salted peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons colorful nonpareils

Instructions
 

  • Add the white almond bark to a large heat-safe mixing bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until completely melted and smooth.
  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set it aside.
  • Stir in the chow mein noodles and peanuts. Continue stirring until the chow mein noodles and peanuts are completely coated.
  • Measure out 2 tablespoons of the coated haystacks and drop them onto the prepared baking sheet. Before the haystacks harden, sprinkle ½ teaspoon of the nonpareils over the haystacks. Allow the candy to dry completely and harden before serving.

Notes

  • Don’t heat for more than a 30-second interval at a time, and stir well between each heating so that your almond bark doesn’t scorch (if it scorches, it will solidify and clump together, and you’ll have to start over).
  • Some of the chow mein noodles tend to be really long. Stir gently because the noodles will break apart. It’s okay if they break a little bit so that they don’t stick out every which way when you spoon them out.
  • If the haystack mixture gets too hard to work with, microwave for 15 to 30 seconds and stir.
  • Make sure to use parchment paper or wax paper when spooning out the haystacks. They’ll lift easily off of the paper. You can place the paper on a baking sheet for ease, moving the haystacks around while they are setting.

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Lynne Zemaitis says

    Yum! What an easy, delicious, and festive treat! I love this combination of sweet and salty. I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party. Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Holidays!