Anyone who thinks Chinese noodles, miniature marshmallows and chocolate don’t blend well has never tasted a no bake Chinese noodle cookie.
I discovered a taste for them just this weekend during the intermission of the Choraliers of Eatontown annual Christmas Concert. It’s traditional for the members of the group to make and take their Christmas cookie specialities to the concert for intermission fare. There, I spied them on the table, crunchy mounds of noodles smothered in chocolate and topped with red and green sprinkles, much too good to pass up.
One bite and I was hooked.
I immediately wondered if these were a variation on a sweet treat my good friend and Choralier Linda Walls refers to as “haystacks”. She confirmed that they were indeed.
Haystacks, she says, are a staple in her house where children and adults regard them as a necessity. The recipe she employees is a low cal variety featuring Fiber One Cereal and melted chocolate chips.
“They are a staple in our house,” Walls said. “Haystacks will be on the menu for Christmas but we don’t think of them as Christmas specific,” Walls said. “They are an every day treat for us.”
Walls says that the concept is variable. “I’ve made them with a mix of butterscotch chips and chocolate chips. You could add lots of ingredients to them: nuts, raisins, marshmallows. It all works well.”
While she advocates Fiber One as the base, I really liked the taste and consistency of the Chinese noodles employed by the unknown Choralier so, I’m sticking with that.
This recipe is adapted from cooks.com
No Bake Chinese Noodle Cookies
Ingredients: 1 (6 oz) pkg. chocolate chips; 1 6 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips; 2 sm cans Chinese noodles; 1 c. miniature marshmallows; 1/2 c. chopped nuts
Directions: Melt chips in a double boiler or the microwave and pour over marshmallows, noodles and nuts in a bowl. Toss untill all the noodles are covered. Walls recommends using an ice cream scoop to make balls out of mixture which she places in cupcake trays. She covers the trays with plastic wrap and freezes them until the chocolate hardens.