Haystack Cookies. An updated quicker and easier version of this old fashioned recipe, using sweetened condensed milk to prepare this simple type of macaroon.
Haystack Cookies are a very quick and easy version of a macaroons recipe using just a few simple ingredients. I always get requests for this recipe during the Holiday season because they are a real old fashioned Newfoundland favourite during Christmas time.
It seemed every baker I knew while growing up made these every year.
I’ve modified the original recipe to include sweetened condensed milk which not only makes the recipe easier, it keeps the centres more moist too. A nicely packaged batch of these would make a lovely gift for the coconut lover in your life too.
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Updated Dec. 2018 to provide the option for metric measurements and to add nutritional info.
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 5 cups unsweetened dried coconut (fine or medium cut)
- pinch salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup glace cherries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet/2 with parchment paper.
Combine the sweetened condensed milk, the vanilla extract and salt.
Fold in the coconut.
Whip the egg whites to soft peaks along with the sugar and cream of tartar.
Fold the egg whites completely through through the coconut mixture.
Form the haystacks using a boiled egg cup or small ice cream scoop. Keeping the inside of the egg cup slightly wet helps form the cookies and makes them easier to release. Some folks like to line the egg cup with plastic wrap. Chilling the dough may also help make them easier to form.
Top each haystack with a piece of glace cherry or other dried fruits or nuts.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until the bottom edges just begin to turn brown.
Cool completely on the pan. Store in an airtight container. Can be frozen too.
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Monday 20th of December 2021
The Haystack recipe is so delicious,,,,easy to MAKE,,,,We just LOVE them,,,,I used this for filling ,,,in andies,,,ALSO,,,Coconut Pecan Balls and GERMAN choc Cake balls,,,,,,The RECIPE inspired some IDEA'S,,,in this COOK,,.... THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPE....!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday 25th of July 2017
Thanks Barry,Just printed off the recipe.They look fantastic!!! Made Auntie Crae's chocolate macaroons on the weekend and they were a huge success.Love your recipes.
Monday 24th of July 2017
Hello, I don't seem to able to bring up a printable recipe for coconut haystack cookies.Could you please email it to me.Thanks.
Barry C. Parsons
Monday 24th of July 2017
Try again now. I had to change a website setting on this recipe.
Wednesday 16th of December 2015
When I make these cookies a small amount of cooking spray on the parchment paper will make it easier to remove the cookies.
Barry C. Parsons
Sunday 14th of February 2016
I haven't found that to be necessary.
Wednesday 17th of December 2014
I think i'll put an almond on top and then drizzle with chocolate! Yummmmy