Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies are also known as no bake haystack cookies. They are super simple to make with only 4 ingredients!
These chocolate chow mein noodle cookies are the perfect crunchy, sweet, and salty treat. They are super simple to make with minimal ingredients, no baking, and just a couple of hours waiting for them to set in the fridge. Make them a couple hours before an event, and they will be ready by the time you’re ready to go.
They are super fun to make and are perfect for the holiday season. Even though they’re called cookies, for me, they’re a mix of cookies and candy – just like chocolate covered pretzels. I find them to be a delicious cookie substitute for holiday gift tins, bake sales, and even leaving out for Santa (wink wink).
The Best Chow Mein Noodle Cookies Recipe
These are the best chow mein noodle cookies because they only require a few simple ingredients and absolutely no baking required. No bake cookie recipes like this one are perfect for last-minute desserts to take to family or friend gatherings. They are a salty and sweet treat that all chocolate lovers will enjoy. Top with flaky sea salt for a real treat!
How to Make Chow Mein Noodle Cookies
Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper. Gather your ingredients.
In a saucepan, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter chips. For exact measurements, see the full recipe in the recipe card down below.
Add the salted peanuts and crunchy chow mein noodles. Mix quickly so the chocolate does not set.
Place a tablespoon size mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat until the sheet is full. If desired, add sea salt on top.
Let it set in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving and then enjoy your chow mein cookies!
Chow Mein Cookie Variations
- To make butterscotch haystacks cookies, use butterscotch chips instead of peanut butter.
- To make this a white chocolate haystack recipe, use white chocolate chips instead of chocolate chips or peanut butter chips. It depends on if you want the peanut butter flavor too. If you use milk or dark chocolate combined with white chocolate, this will make rich and decadent double chocolate haystack cookies!
- These make for great Christmas cookies! Just add holiday sprinkles (think red and green) to get into the holiday season and place them on a holiday cookie tray for full effect. You could even use black and orange sprinkles to make them Halloween-friendly. However, they are a delicious treat at any time of the year. They should be a huge hit with the whole family.
Storing Leftover Chow Mein Noodle Cookies
Store leftovers in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. If stored properly, they can last up to two weeks. They will last even longer if you keep them in the freezer. They have the potential to last up to three months as chocolate can last in the freezer this long (but I’d be shocked if you have leftovers)!
Chow Mein Noodle Cookies FAQs
What are chow mein noodle cookies?
Chow mein noodle cookies are a delicious, no bake treat made with chow mein noodles, chocolate, and creamy peanut butter. If you or a loved one have a peanut allergy, there is a peanut-free solution (continue reading. Ingredients can vary but no matter which you use, they make for a delicious and easy treat!
Do I cook the chow mein noodles for chow mein cookies?
No, the beauty of this easy recipe is that there is little to no cooking or baking. The only step you need to take that might be considered cooking is melting the chocolate and peanut butter chips (which hardly can be called cooking).
Are chow mein noodles gluten-free?
Traditionally, chow mein noodles are made with wheat noodles so they would not be gluten-free. However, you can find specialty brands that offer gluten-free friendly chow mein noodles.
Can I use a different type of noodle?
These are meant to be made with chow mein noodles, so you wouldn’t want to use another kind otherwise it would compromise the recipe, and I couldn’t guarantee the same results!
What if I have a peanut allergy?
If you or a loved one have a peanut allergy, you can substitute the peanut butter for melted marshmallow fluff. The marshmallow fluff is a great substitute because it holds together the other ingredients just as well. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s super delicious as well!
More Chocolate Cookie Recipes
If you love this delicious chocolate-based recipe, then you are going to love these chocolate recipes!
- Chocolate Pretzel Cookies
- Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
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- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- 2 1/2 cups chow mein noodles
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts or cashews
- sea salt optional
- Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper on it for easy cleanup.
- In a medium saucepan melt chocolate chips and peanut butter chips over medium heat, until completely melted. Remove saucepan from stove.
- Add chow mein noodles and peanuts to the saucepan and mix. You want to do this quickly as the chocolate will set fast.
- Spoon out tablespoon size mixture and place onto wax paper. Continue doing this until you have no more mixture left. Add a pinch of sea salt on top (optional but highly recommended)
- Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy! If you have any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator.