Chocolate Haystacks

Beth from A Word From Aunt B is sharing a delicious Haystacks Recipe:

My mom was great at making Christmas.  She found all sorts of holiday activities for us kids. We hung butcher paper the length of the hallway and painted a winter mural.  We made miles of paper chain.  Christmas cards were crafted, as was wrapping paper.  We went for long walks in the evening, looking at Christmas lights.  We sang Christmas carols and went to community Christmas concerts.  We cooked.  We baked for our Christmas visitors, for donations to the church bazaar, and for Christmas gift giving.  

Every year, we made chocolate haystacks as one of our Christmas baking projects.  To my brother, sister and I, they were synonymous with the season.  I have but to close my eyes to see pretty plates piled with chocolate haystacks, wrapped in plastic wrap, and decorated with bright ribbon bows.  I have but to smell them baking to remember their rich choclate taste–not too sweet–and the texture of coconut on my tongue.  Wonderful!  

On baking days our house was scented with sugar and we fell asleep dreaming of chocolate. Those are the sort of memories the very best holidays are made of.

Chocolate Haystacks

Recipe from: The Fannie Farmer Cookbook


  • baking sheets and parchment to line them with
  • a 14-ounce tin of sweetened condensed milk (400 grams)*
  • 3 ounces of good quality, unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts, pecans, or raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • a dash of salt


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a bowl.  Chop the chocolate and add it to the milk.

Heat the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate together in the microwave, in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until the chocolate has melted.

Stir in the remaining ingredients.

Scoop heaping teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto parchment lined cookie sheets.

Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes, taking care that the bottoms don’t burn.  Allow them to cool on the cookie sheets and then transfer them to an airtight container for storage.

Visit Beth at A Word From Aunt B. Here is a little more about her: I am a grandmother of five and a Jane-of-all-trades with an insatiable curiosity–and enthusiasm for–life.  I’ve worked in bakeries, in restaurant kitchens, and at my own catering business.  I’ve worked in offices and retail stores.  I’ve worked as a gardener.  I’ve worked as a nanny.  Every day that I learn something new is a good day for me.  Like everyone, I’ve had my share of challenges.  They’ve taught me that my heart is happiest when I’m in my kitchen or craft room, or spending time with my family and friends.  I am a homebody who delights in learning about and valuing her community, and who counts her blessings every single day.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Thank you for sharing my post. :) I enjoy your blog very much.

  2. You know what- my aunt used to make these and I can’t remember the last time I had them. I need to make them again this year and surprise my mom who loves these haystacks! Hope you had a great thanksgiving!

  3. This is such a lovely post – I always enjoy reading about people’s Christmas memories and traditions! I haven’t had chocolate haystacks in years either – thank you for reminding me of this wonderful Christmas treat.

  4. Those treats look awesome and your Christmas memories sound magical :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  6. What a wonderful Christmas memory. My mother and I were very close and spent hours each day preparing cookies and cakes beginning right after Halloween right up till Christmas Eve. I do miss her each year, but hope that I am making memories with my children now. This recipe sounds so tasty, I’ll be adding to my list of ‘cookies to make’ this year :)

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