Christmas Haystacks

A delicious twist on the classic Haystack cookies, these white chocolate, cherry, and coconut haystacks are a new Christmas cookie favorite!

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That’s right, it’s time for another five-minute Christmas recipe! This time it’s a family favorite, Christmas Haystacks but instead of using chow mein noodles, we use toasted almond slivers. Oh you guys, these are so dang delicious thanks to the toasted almonds! I’m not a huge fan of the chow mein noodles haystacks but these? Trust me. These are amazing tasting little Christmas bites of delight!

The secret to the taste is making sure you have well toasted almond slices and making sure they are sliced, not slivered! You need that little bit of extra crunch in these with the larger slices.

To toast the almonds, you simply put them in a frying pan over medium heat and continuously stir until they are golden brown. Some pieces will inevitably be too dark – the very small ones- but pick them out at the end.

The cherries and the sprinkled coconut just shriek “Christmas Treat!!” and the fact that they take five minutes just rocks my Santa socks.

Boozy Bourbon Cupcakes. I’ll take a dozen please. With a side of extra bourbon.

So tell me. are you going to give these a whirl? Try out almonds instead of chow mein? You know, you can use chow mein if you like and have beautiful Christmas chow mein haystacks, I’ll forgive you if you do 😉

Happy Baking everyone!



Christmas Haystacks Cookies

A delicious twist on the classic Haystack cookies, these white chocolate, cherry, and coconut haystacks are a new Christmas cookie favorite!
5 from 3 votes
Close up Pieces of Christmas Haystacks in a white plate
Prep Time
15 minutes
Total Time
3 minutes
24 cookies
Karlynn Johnston


  • 16 ounces white baking chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • cups steam-fried chow mein noodles Farkay brand is the best
  • 1/2 cup diced candied cherries red and green Christmas cherries
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut


  • Combine the the noodles, cherries and coconut in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Melt the baking chocolate and butter together in a large liquid measuring cup in the microwave, heating in 20 second intervals on high heat. Stir after each interval, melting until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in the cherry extract and set aside.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the noodle mixture and gently combine until all of the noodles are coated.
  • Drop heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment or waxed paper and let cool.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values may vary.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 12g, Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 141mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 0.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Sue Lassesen-Fowler says

    would mixed peel work instead of the candied cherries?

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