Why this recipe works
If you haven’t heard of ting-a-lings before, you are in for a treat this holiday season! Ting-a-lings are also known as haystack cookies, no bake haystack cookies, haystack candy, chow mein cookies, or chow mein clusters.
Basically, they’re a combination of cookie and candy that is made from crispy chow mein noodles coated in white chocolate chips or almond bark. That’s right! Chow mein noodles from a can!
While it may seem weird to use crunchy noodles in a cookie recipe, these are so good! They’re sweet and crispy. Just top with your favorite Christmas sprinkles and get ready to watch them disappear on your Christmas dessert table!
They’re a no-bake Christmas cookie staple in our house for a reason! They’re just too good! Next time you need an easy treat, try these no bake chocolate haystack cookies topped with festive sprinkles!
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Here’s what you’ll need:
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- Almond bark – I love to use almond bark in this recipe because it melts really nicely and covers the crunchy chow mein noodles very easily. It also has a candy like flavor, perfect for these cookies. You can also use white chocolate baking chips, which are often found at craft stores or in the baking aisle of your grocery store. Both are meant to be used for melting and candy-making.
- Chow mein noodles – Chow mein noodles are very crisp noodles. You can find them in a can at your local grocery store. They’ll typically be near rice and soy sauce.
- Green food coloring – I used a gel food coloring for this recipe. You can use any shade of green that you like. You can also use liquid food coloring, but you may need more of it since it’s not as concentrated as gel food coloring.
- Sprinkles – Use your favorite Christmas sprinkles for this recipe. They add holiday flair and a nice crunch!
Almond bark is not the same as white chocolate. Almond bark is made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter, like real white chocolate. It is made for confections and coating candies and cookies
These Christmas haystack cookies are so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Follow the easy steps below with matching photos to help you make these ting-a-lings perfectly every time. Play close attention to how smooth the almond bark is and be sure not to overheat it as it can seize up!
For the ingredient list with measurements, full instructions, printable recipe and additional notes, please scroll down to the recipe card.
No, chow mein noodles are not gluten-free. However, you can find gluten-free chow mein noodles online easily. Alternatively, you can use a rice chex cereal instead for a gluten-free version.
Holiday M&Ms, mini marshmallows, salty peanuts, flaky sea salt, and chocolate drizzles are all great options to add to your ting-a-ling cookies.
You can, but then I would omit the green gel food coloring since the brown chocolate will not help you make a green cookie.
Yes, you can. If you use green candy melts, you can omit the green gel food coloring.
Christmas Ting-A-Lings (No Bake Haystack Cookies)
- 16 oz white almond bark
- 3 cups chow mein noodles
- gel green food coloring
- ¼ cup holiday sprinkles
- Add the almond bark to a large microwave-safe bowl.
- Melt in the microwave in 30-second increments, until melted. Mine took about 90 seconds total.
- Stir until the almond bark is smooth.
- Add drops of green food coloring until desired color is reached.
- Add the chow mein noodles to the almond bark. Stir until coated completely.
- With a spoon, drop mounds of chow mein mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet. Leaving some space in between each cookie.
- Immediately add holiday sprinkles to the top of each cookie.
- Let the haystack cookies dry at room temperature. Alternatively, you can place them in the refrigerator to harden quicker.
- I used white almond bark in this recipe. You could also use white chocolate baking melts, instead.
- I used gel food coloring for this recipe. You only need a few drops to reach the desired green color. Depending on what type of green shade you use, you may need more or less food coloring to reach your desired color.
- If you use liquid food coloring, you will need more food coloring. I’d start with 1/4 teaspoon and go from there. Gel food coloring is more concentrated than liquid food coloring so you don’t need to use as much.
- To store leftover ting-a-ling cookies, you can leave them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. For longer storage, you can store them in the refrigerator. Let sit out for 20 minutes before serving if you are storing them in the refrigerator.