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Chocolate Haystack Cookie

Chocolate Haystacks

This chocolate haystack cookie is an irresistable stovetop cookie.  No baking required.  A perfect balance of cocoa, sugar, oats and coconut.


  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder preferrably alkalized (dutched processed)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups Quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut, shredded and unsweetened I use Bob's Red Mill
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts See Note


  • In medium pot over medium-low heat, add in butter and milk.  Gently stirring to prevent from burning. 
  • When butter has melted, add the cocoa and sugar into milk and butter mixture.
  • Continue to stir over medium-low heat while sugar dissolves. Leave pot on stove until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Stirring frequently to prevent burning. 
  • Once mixture has come to a gentle rolling boil, add in the vanilla and salt. Stir.
  • After mixing in vanilla and salt, remove from heat and stir in oats, coconut, and nuts (if you are using.)
  • Stir until well combined, then using a scooping device (tbsp measure or ice cream scoop are my usual go-to's) scoop out golf ball sized scoops and plop them down on wax paper. 
  • Leave cookies until cool and dry. You should be able to pick up haystack looking cookie from wax paper once they are cool and dry. 
  • Try to eat just one...I dare you! Enjoy!


Note: My step-mom's original recipe calls for sweetened coconut and chopped nuts.  In full discloure, I altered this part of the recipe.  I switched to the unsweetened Bob's Red Mill coconut to decrease the sweetness.  I eliminated the nuts due to tree nut allergy. 
Note 2: If you are adding peanut butter to mixture, add it just before you add in the vanilla.  Let butter, milk, cocoa, sugar mixture come to rolling boil, then stir in 1/3 c creamy natural peanut butter. Stir until combined. Add in vanilla and salt and then remove from heat and proceed with adding the remaining dry ingredients.  If you are adding in peppermint extract, do so when you add in vanilla.  Do it in very small increments as a little goes a long way. I would suggest starting with 1-2 drops and see how it tastes.   Add in candy cane pieces when adding in the oats and coconut.