Gluten-free Haystack Cookies are one of my go-to easy gluten-free cookie recipes. They consist of salty pretzels covered in Nutella, chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans. I love that you can make these during the hot summer months without heating up the kitchen!

A gluten free haystack cookie on a white plate.

I love this gluten-free haystack cookie recipe. I have not found a gluten-free substitute for chow mein noodles, so I used a fun alternative. I often reach for our favorite gluten-free pretzels when I need a crunchy ingredient.

These coconut haystack cookies are so easy to make; all you need are just a few simple ingredients. If you love no-bake cookies, you will want to try these gluten free no-bake chocolate oat cookies too!

  1. These haystack cookies without chow mein noodles are great for playdates, packing in your kid’s lunches, tossing in the freezer to have easy grab-and-go snacks, and, of course, the classic midnight snacking. 
  2. I have even whipped these up for potluck gatherings because nobody can tell they are gluten free! Even those who are not gluten free enjoyed this new version of haystack cookies. 
  3. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty!
  4. These are the ultimate summer cookies because you don’t heat your house up using the oven!

Allergen Information:

This homemade chocolate haystack cookie recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, and oat-free. It is easy to make dairy-free using dairy-free chocolate.

What pretzel brands are gluten free?

There are several great gluten free pretzel brands out there! My favorites are:

  • Synder’s Gluten-Free Pretzels come in lots of flavors.
  • Trader Joe’s has a private label gluten free pretzel.
  • Gratify – they have several varieties.
  • Glutino – and they have yogurt and chocolate-covered gluten-free pretzels, too!

You get that nice crunch, and it is perfect for salty pretzels paired with Nutella, chocolate, and coconut. 

Fingers holding a haystack cookie with a bite taken out so you can see inside.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Chocolate – Use milk or dark chocolate.
  • Gluten Free Pretzels – Any brand is fine. I used Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks.
  • Nutella – Use the brand or an organic version without additives.
  • Coconut- I recommend unsweetened coconut.
  • Nuts – I used pecans, but any nuts will taste great.

Mix-in ideas and fun flavor combos:

Here is where it gets fun. You can honestly mix in so many different ingredients to add layers of flavors to your cookies. I will give you some ideas, but feel free to play around with what I list and see your favorite combination. 

  • Make these into butterscotch haystacks with butterscotch chips.
  • Stir in mini marshmallows or even dehydrated mallow bits. 
  • Use peanut butter to replace Nutella – or another nut butter could also work.
  • Toss in white chocolate chips or M&Ms.
  • Stir in a few rolled oats; don’t use too many; it will dry out your cookie batter.
  • Dried fruit would be a great addition. 
A tray filled with no bake haystack cookies.

Step-By-Step Directions:

  • Break apart the pretzels into 1-inch pieces. Add them to a large mixing bowl.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and Nutella together. I recommend two to three 30-second intervals, stirring between each.
  • Add coconut and nuts to the pretzels and mix well.
  • Pour on the melted chocolate and toss to coat.
  • Drop by the spoonful onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 1 hour to harden the chocolate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are chocolate chips gluten free?

There are several brands of chocolate chips that are gluten free. Enjoy Life brand is also dairy-free. So it is great knowing I am safe when I go to whip into a dessert recipe like this. 

Is Nutella gluten free?

Nutella is gluten free! We enjoy Nutella a lot, so we are pretty thankful :-).

How do you store haystack cookies?

You should keep them in a cool place; otherwise, the chocolate coating may begin to melt.

You can toss it in the fridge if you like. It will soften the pretzels over time. Or store it on the counter in an airtight container. 

Freshly mixed gluten free haystack cookies ready to freeze.

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A gluten free haystack cookie on a white plate.

Gluten Free No-Bake Haystack Cookies

Sandi Gaertner
You will love this easy no-bake gluten free chocolate Nutella haystack cookies. These are filled with coconut, gluten free pretzels, and pecans.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 237 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconut *see note
  • 1 cup pecans *see note
  • 1 cup chopped gluten free pretzels

Instructions
 

  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the Nutella and chocolate chips.
  • Microwave for 40 seconds and stir. Microwave at 25-second intervals after this, stirring each time to prevent your chocolate from burning.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well to coat all of the ingredients in the chocolate mixture.
  • Lay a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop the mixture into balls onto the wax paper.
  • Place in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. About 60 minutes in the freezer or 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Notes

1. Use unsweetened shredded coconut.
2. You can use any flavor of chocolate chip. I used dark chocolate chips.
3. There are many brands of gluten free pretzels. Any will work in this recipe, but I would avoid the flavored pretzels. I used Snyder Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 258mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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This post was updated from an old June 2020 post with more recipe details.

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