Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Treat #4: No Bake Snow Covered Haystacks

This recipe comes from my mom, who has been making these kid friendly treats with her children, and now with her grandchildren, every Christmas since I can remember.  Typically we would make them in advance and freeze them for whenever we had visitors over the holidays.  They're easy to make, although your hands will probably get dirty.  Kids love to help, because they don't have to be perfect, and it's fun to sneak marshmallows when no one is looking. 

Snow Covered Haystacks


1 (4oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. milk
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp. unsweetened chocolate baking liquid or two squares, melted (check for gluten)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (use real vanilla, artificial ones can contain gluten)
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup (with more on hand) grated or shredded coconut


1- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and milk together until smooth.   Add in chocolate syrup or melted chocolate and stir to incorporate. (Chocolate can be melted in the microwave in a glass or ceramic bowl, in one minute increments.)

2- Add in marshmallows, and mix until entirely coated with cream cheese mixture.

3- Using a tablespoon or a melon baller, scoop out small balls of marshmallow mixture, forming a haystack.  Roll the mixture in the coconut to cover, and then place on lined cookie sheet. 

4- Place baking sheet in the fridge to allow haystacks to set.  Use shredded coconut if you want the mixture completely covered.  Use a finer grated coconut if you want some of the "hay" to show through.  These freeze really well, and will keep in the fridge. 


  1. These look delicious! Yummy! Can't wait to try them. :) I recently started following your blog as well. It's great to find other gluten free bloggers.

  2. I don't think I've seen these made with marshmallows before. That's a great idea.

  3. They taste better in white chocolate.