Hair Balls

"This is a great recipe for Halloween or Christmas cookie trays. Serving amount is a total guess, depending on the size you make your cookie."
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Ready In:
24 cookies


  • 12 cup cocoa
  • 12 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups oatmeal, quick-cooking
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 2 cups shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 4 ounces plain chocolate candies (M&M mini's)


  • Prepare coconut by placing 1 cup each into two quart-sized zip-lock baggies.
  • Add a few drops of a food color to each bag. (If making for Christmas, skip this part.).
  • Shake the bag vigorously to distribute.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine cocoa, butter, sugar and milk, mixing well.
  • Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow sugar crystals to melt completely.
  • Stir mixture and bring to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  • Add oatmeal and mix well.
  • Let the mix stand for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the oats absorb some of the liquid.
  • Add chow mein noodles and stir to coat.
  • Drop mix by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Let cool until you can touch the mix, then take the cookie and drop it into the bag of colored (or white) coconut, rolling it around to coat.
  • Remove from the bag and place on wax paper.
  • Add two eyes (candies) near the top of the ball.
  • Store at room temperature.

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  1. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    Count me in as a lover of *Hairballs* ~ and you can count my whole fam too, even my vegan son, who adored them. Making them vegan, instead of the m&m's I used *Whizzers* Chocolate Beans (made by Allergycare) and subbed organic soy milk (unsweetened) for the milk. I used Earth Balance Sticks in place of the butter. These were gorgeous little "Hairballs" that were as much fun to look at as to devour. I also used the tablespoon size to put them together, and rolled half in coconut. I loved the chow noodles, they really added a cuteness & a nice crunch. These were perfect! I will make more this XMAS and I know they will be gone, lickity split! Made for *Everyday is a Holiday* Novembre 2009
  2. katew
    Easy peasy to do and totally addictive. I loved the addition of the oats. Some I rolled in the coconut and some I left without as I am not a big coconut eater myself. Very yummy !!
  3. Chabear01
    Made these for KK's Kitchen Recipe Tag Game. I used Dark Chocolate Cocoa, and after making some with the coconut, changed it up a bit and rolled some in mini M&M's and others in chopped peanuts. The came our just as nice and for those who don't like coconut these worked nicely. I did make them up in Tablespoon size, which next time I will use a smaller spoon as these are very rich and the smaller size would be more in line with that richness. Thank you Coffee for a lovely recipe which will be made up for the Holiday Faire Bake Sale this year.



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