I always found it more tasty, when after I boiled it for several minutes to add the coconut to the chocolate on the stove, my boys like it when I softened some of the oatmeal to the choclate as well. makes them more chewy.
Dec 20, 2010
They taste good, but they just fall apart. I didn't add nuts, so that might be the problem.
Dec 13, 2010
Barbara COMMENT: Many haystack recipes (this one included) do not specify that you need to boil the first mixture for about five minutes. If you drop some of it into a glass of cold water and it turns into a ball, you have boiled it enough. I don't know how many haystack recipes I have seen that leave out this important step.
Oct 20, 2010
Used to eat them as a kid and lost the recipe Thanks
Jun 9, 2010
Kimmer COMMENT: Instead of coconut and walnuts, try substituting 1 cup creamy peanut butter. Delicious!
May 30, 2010
sstacinator COMMENT: I must of made them wrong, I measured & did everything the correct way it was written but it did not turn out right...did not harden or stick together after I placed them on the wax paper. Wish it would of turned out. Does anyone know how to fix a bad batch?
Jan 20, 2010
These cookies are the best!! Exactly how I remember them as a kid!
Dec 2, 2008
Maybe I did not boil long enough... the haystacks haven't really hardened. I guess more elaboration of how long to boil would be helpful. I did not boil a long time - maybe a minute.
Nov 20, 2008
These Chocolate haystacks are yummy. Iv been looking for this recipe since i left primary school. im really pleased with the result.:)
Mar 18, 2008
Guest Foodie REVIEW:
These cookies are exactly like the ones I ate when I was a kid! Perfect! I did make one tiny change, only based on what I had in my pantry, I replaced the walnuts with pecans, though when I was a kid we never put any nuts in... The most important thing for me was the chocolate flavor and consistency and it is like a flashback to my childhood.
Dec 12, 2006
NancyTeppler Member since: December 12, 2006 REVIEW:
I learned a similar recipe as a youngster (50 years ago) on Bell Island, Newfoundland, taught to me by a friend of my mother. I've been searching for it for years, and I'm delighted to have found it, again, here. I was taught to keep the mixture in the top of a double boiler over hot water to keep it from hardening too quickly. We used a tablespoon to drop them and rolled them into balls as soon as they were cool enough to handle, and then rolled them again in additional coconut. Keeping hands oiled helps, but be careful as chocolate products can retain a lot of heat. I use a little less oatmeal and add as needed. We called them "golf balls." Thank you for bringing back this part of my childhood to me; I am including the recipe in a cookbook I am designing for my 9-year old granddaughter, who has started finding the joy of working in the kitchen. You have helped to pass the fun on from generation to generation, and for that I am very grateful. Thank you.
Jan 17, 2006
missmisse Member since: January 17, 2006 REVIEW:
This is an amazing recipe. The kids love it, and I can't stop eating them! So don't make this if you're on a diet! I did add a bit less oatmeal myself though.