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Chocolate Haystack Brownies

Do you ever have that craving for something, but cannot find a recipe for it? That was where we were a couple days ago. We were wanting something sweet and recalled a brownie we had tried years back – the only way we could describe it was chocolate haystack brownies. Try as we may, we scoured pinterest and allrecipes for what we were looking for only to come up empty-handed.

Down to business

Not wanting to give up easily, we came up with a recipe we thought would satisfy that craving.

You see, there are two things we love in this house: brownies and haystack cookies. We don’t make them as often as we’d like because, well, we have no self control with these two!

It just seemed natural to pair these two fantastic creations together and to see the results.

It also gave me an excuse to make my husband his beloved haystack cookies.

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Fun idea!

We’ve been trying to spend more time together in fun, meaningful ways. We’re trying to think outside the box and move away from the same old ways we’re used to. We’re looking for more interactions and less side-by-side tech time.

Making these brownies could definitely be a ticket to a date night creation because they are quick to put together and they are so good to eat. Make the brownies, start a movie, and then dig in half way through the movie. Plates optional.

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Virtuous pursuit

I’m not sure if baking treats counts as looking after the health of my family, but I was definitely willing to work with my hands to create a treat to match the desires of my family. I was also serving my family in a small way to satisfy the love my husband has for haystack cookies and the desire my 4 year old has to help bake.

On this journey of trying to root myself in some Proverbs 31 virtues, it is important that I remember to share my love of preparing food for my family. I, personally, have a sweet tooth, so I love baking. But, we also enjoy gardening and preparing wholesome meals for our family. I love being able to nurture and treat my family, it really is a joy of mine.

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The creation of the chocolate haystack brownies

These were so fun and easy to make. I love scraping the haystack bowl clean with my husband after it is all put together. It is hard fending him off until that point though. As I said above, he really, really loves haystack cookies. Here are some pictures of it all coming together.

The brownie ingredients all poured together.
Here all the brownie ingredients are poured together.
Now the batter was mixed until it was just combined.
We mixed the ingredients until they were just combined.
The brownies cooling fresh from the oven.
You can see the edges look a little more done than the rest of the brownies. This is a good indication of doneness. If you look in the center, you may also notice the toothpick hole to check as well. You do not want an under-cooked center or it will crater.
The haystack topping if mixed in the pot.
The haystack portion goes so fast and needs constant stirring so this is the only process photo taken. The boiled sugar mixture acts as a “glue” to hold the topping together. Be quick though, because it wants to set in a short period of time. It spreads easier the closer it is to when it came off the stove. If you delay, it may be harder to spread.

The brownies topped with the haystack topping.
Spread the mixture as evenly as possibly.
The haystack brownie topped with the optional icing sugar & milk glaze
I topped ours with the optional icing sugar & milk glaze done semi-liquidy so it spread on. You can use more icing sugar and less milk to get more of a drizzled look or piping bag consistency.
A completed, cut haystack brownie topped with fresh fruit
I like to cut the chocolate haystack brownies into 16 pieces. They are very chocolatey and very sweet. They look so lovely with fresh fruit on top.
A cut brownie topped with fresh fruit. A fork has cut away a bite sized piece.
Ta-dah! Introducing the lovely chocolate haystack brownies. Finally years of searching can come to rest!


A chocolate haystack brownies is on a plate with fresh berries. A fork has removed a small corner and is ready to taste.

Chocolate Haystack Brownie

A combination of the beloved brownie with a fabulous haystack cookie. It makes a lovely after dinner treat, but be warned - it is for the chocolate lovers! Fresh fruit pairs well when it is fresh.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 238 kcal
Author Amanda


Brownie layer

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa

Haystack topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup quick rolled oats (not instant)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 cup medium coconut (sweetened or unsweetened - by preference)
  • 1 pinch salt


Brownie Layer

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease a 9x9" pan (I prefer a glass pan).

  2. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until frothy.

  3. Add vanilla. Mix to combine.
  4. Add sugar, flour, and salt. Do not mix.

  5. Melt 1/2 cup of butter (microwave, stovetop, etc). Add cocoa to the melted butter. Stir to combine.

  6. Add the butter and cocoa to the bowl with the eggs, sugar, and flour pile. Stir until just combined. Try not to over mix.

  7. Pour into the greased pan. Spread and smooth it into the corners.

  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes (my glass pan in a convection oven is close to 20 minutes, but I've used metal pans in a non-convection oven and had it take almost 30 minutes). Watch the edges of your brownie, you will notice them start to look done before the rest of the pan. Also, an inserted toothpick should come out with no batter clinging to it.

Haystack Topping

  1. Pre-measure all ingredients while the brownies are baking. Measure the butter into a medium/large pot or saucepan. Have the milk, sugar, and vanilla near it, but in separate prep bowls. In a medium/large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients: rolled oats, cocoa, coconut, and salt.

  2. When the brownies are almost cooked, melt your butter.

  3. When the brownies are removed from the oven, add the milk to the pot. Stir on medium heat. Add the sugar and stir. Stir often and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat.

  4. Add vanilla and stir immediately.

  5. Quickly add the bowl of remaining ingredients. Stir to combine; mix well.

  6. Scoop onto brownies and spread the mixture evenly, careful not to push too hard on the cooling brownies.

  7. Let cool completely.


  1. If you'd like you can mix some icing sugar with a small amount of milk to form a glaze (either liquidy and spread it, or thick and apply it with a piping bag). This just adds a decorative touch for presentation.

  2. Fresh fruit makes a lovely garnish and tastes great, especially when the brownie is fresh.

If you try these, comment below with what you think!

Feel free to comment below with date night baking/cooking ideas, how I can pray for you, or any other comments!

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