Sunday, May 17, 2009

Haystack Cookies


This is my mom's recipe. She made these all the time when we were little. I hated them! That was until I got into my 20's and really started to appreciate coconut. As I child, I thought it was disgusting. Maybe it was because I had braces and coconut and braces do not mix, unless you want to look like a garbage pail kid, that is. Now I look at coconut as the food that keeps on giving because I can chew on a piece of coconut for hours...ewww, gross I know, but I love it! My sister Denise was the one that would eat them all up, she loved these and she still does. The best part about these cookies? There is only 5 ingredients so they are easy and delicious.
Val's Haystack Cookies
3 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 can sweetened condesed milk
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
2 cups walnuts, chopped
1 tsp vanilla
Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler. (I don't own a double boiler so I put a glass bowl over a pan of shallow water...it works like a charm.) Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the milk and cook until thick, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add coconut, nuts and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. (My stuck to the pan like crazy. Next time I'm using parchment paper or silpat mats). Bake at 275 for 15 minutes.

15 comments:

Justin said...

these are different than any haystack cookies i've made, but they sound great

Christina Kim said...

These are kind of like coconut macaroons on steroids!! I also like how they are gluten-free (I think?).

Tracey said...

Yum, your cookies look fantastic! I love the combination of flavors.

Helene said...

This is nice to share you mom recipe. Looks good.

Lin said...

I would love these cookies, but noone in my family will eat coconut! So, next time I'm asked to bring something to a party, guess what it will be? Thanks for sharing, they look yummy!

teresa said...

oh i don't miss the braces either, but these cookies look amazing!

5 Star Foodie said...

These cookies look fabulous - I love coconut!

oneshotbeyond said...

I bet they are super yummy cookies. Never tried these.

rookie cookie said...

Thanks for contributing to Cookie Makes a Comeback!!! These look simple and delicious!

Elyse said...

I've come around to shredded coconut myself. Now, I can't get enough of it! Before, though, not so much. Perhaps your braces theory is right. No one wants to be known as the garbage pail kid. Kudos to your mom for having such a great looking recipe on hand! Sorry that I've been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader.

Cheryl said...

I love those, I had totally forgotten about them. My mom used to make them for me too! Great memory!

Hornsfan said...

Love it~shredded coconut and chocolate, how much better can it get???

Tangled Noodle said...

I wasn't a coconut fan at all as a kid but now I'm obsessed! These haystack cookies are the sugar bomb!

Katy ~ said...

I don't think I have ever had a haystack cookie in my whole life! What's up with that? Now I feel deprived! BUT I have all the ingredients and I have been CRAVING cookies..... These look out of this world. Terrific post.

Sook said...

Yum, yum! I have never heard of haystack cookies but they look so good! I will have to try it sometime.