Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sweet Saturday, Haystacks

     Every Saturday, I go looking for one recipe and end up posting another.. This recipe has been a favourite for more years than I care to admit. It's simple and probably one of the first things I learned to make. That's right, a very, child friendly recipe.

     As  a kid, these were Mud Pies, I've seen recipes for them as Boiled Cookies but most people seem to know them as Haystacks. Stacking hay was never this easy or tasty, trust me.

Really stacking hay this summer,
Katie, Dad, Cathy and I'm taking the picture

Mud Pies/Haystacks

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup coconut
3 1/2 cup rolled oats


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, milk, butter and cocoa.
Bring to a boil stirring occasionally to disolve the sugar and melt the butter.
Remove from heat and stir in coconut and oats.
Drop by rounded tea/tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
Let cool (or not) and enjoy.

     I like these with or without the coconut and I've seen variations with nuts, cheerios and pretzels.
My favourite way to eat them, while they're still warm and gooey. I've got the singed fingers to prove it. I hope you and your children like them as much as I do. Enjoy.


  1. Oh, darn you.
    heading to the kitchen .... Angel Girls' all excited to make her favourite "hay bales" now too.

  2. LOL, they are kid friendly. For kids of all ages. I have a batch of these in the kitchen as we speak.
    Hay Bales, LMAO, that's a new one. They'll always be Mudpies to me.

  3. enjoyed too, hot and gooey while I caught up on my blog reading from the weekend. figured I would do some peannutty caramel bars while I was at it. and pumpkin mini bites.
    when you're on a roll.....go with it!


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