A lot of people think of haystack cookies during the holidays and s’mores during the summer. But upon further reflection, you can kind of swap the thought — s’mores require heat, which is not always so welcome on a hot summer night. And no-bake haystacks don’t require any cooking, so that’s an enticing summer thought.
So there I was, wandering down the baking aisle of the market, and I spotted a stack of S’more Baking Chips Mixes, which happened to be made by Hershey. Lightbulbs went off. And this haystack cookie was born.
You might also want to try Chocolate Covered Caramelized Matzoh S’Mores for another great no-bake s’mores alternative. And, see How to Organize a Cookie Swap for tips if you’re making these during the holiday season!
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S’Mores Haystack Cookies: A baking mix of milk chocolate chips, tiny marshmallows, and itty bitty graham squares turns haystacks into a s’mores-inspired cookie.Tweet This
S’Mores Haystack Cookie Ingredients
- Milk chocolate chips – The milk chocolate gives these crunchy cookies a gentle chocolatey sweetness.
- Semisweet chocolate chips – A little more of a sharp chocolate note.
- S’more Baking Chips Mix – If you can’t find these at your grocery store, substitute an equal amount of a combo of mini marshmallows, additional milk chocolate chips, and graham crackers. Break the graham crackers up into tiny pieces before adding them.
- Chow mein noodles – The raw noodles give these cookies a great crunch.
How to Make S’Mores Haystack Cookies
- Melt the chocolate: Melt together the milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips in a double boiler or the microwave (not the ones in the baking mix).
- Combine: Pour the chocolate over the noodles and add half of the S’more Baking Chips Mix, then mix them all together until coated.
- Shape: Use spoons to drop the mixture into cookie shapes. Add the rest of the S’more Mix on top. Chill until set.
Haystacks are no-bake cookies made with melted chocolate and crunchy lo mein noodles. The melted chocolate basically binds together the noodles, which stay crunchy, and you can add in all kinds of things from crushed peanuts to pretzels, and in this case — tiny marshmallows, chocolate bits, and teeny graham cracker squares. Also, try these Peppermint Bark Haystack Cookies!
There are a few products out there called S’mores Baking Chip Mix or S’mores Snack Mix. Usually, this type of product contains all the essential elements of s’mores in miniature: mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker pieces. You can eat it straight from the bag as a snack or use it in an easy, no-bake recipe like this one!
Melting Chocolate for Haystack Cookies
You can melt chocolate in a microwave or a double boiler. If you don’t have one, you can make a double boiler by nestling a metal or heatproof glass bowl over a pot with a bit of water in the bottom — bring the water to a boil, and stir the chips frequently until they melt.
If you want to melt it in the microwave, do it in a glass bowl in short 20-second or so bursts, stirring after each burst, until the chocolate is all melted and smooth.
What to Serve With S’mores Haystack Cookies
More No-Bake Haystack Cookie Recipes
- The Best No-Bake Haystack Cookies
- Chocolate, Peanut and Pretzel No-Bake Haystack Cookies
- Peppermint Bark Haystack Cookies
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S’Mores Haystack Cookies
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 (7-ounce) package S’more Baking Chips Mix
- 1 6-ounce package chow mein noodles (3 ½ cups)
- Melt the milk and semisweet chips in a double boiler (see Note). If using the microwave, stop the microwave and give the chips a stir every 15 to 20 seconds until they are melted.
- Place the noodles in a large bowl. Pour the melted chocolate over and stir to combine. Add half of the S’more Baking Chips Mix, and stir and toss until everything is evenly combined.
- Drop the mixture by tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet. Use your fingers to tuck in a few extra bits of marshmallow, graham crackers, and chocolate squares around the tops of the haystacks, pushing them in slightly so they will stick. Allow to set (in warmer months, this is best done in the fridge, though let them sit at room temperature for several minutes before serving).
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.