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Reindeer Droppings Cookie Recipe

Reindeer Droppings Cookie RecipeWho doesn’t love combining chocolate and coconut in a chewy cookie? Especially because it’s easy as 1-2-3 and even the kids can help to prepare these delicious no-bake treats.

You’ll also find there is very little prep and clean-up since this recipe calls for few ingredients and not many kitchen tools.  Sometimes called haystacks, these reindeer droppings are perfect for the holiday season and can be used as gifts for teachers, hostess gifts, festive gatherings of your own, or you just may want to keep them all to yourself.  I know I’ll never pass up a reindeer dropping!

Mom’s Reindeer Droppings

Mom’s Reindeer Droppings


3 cups quick oats
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup butter
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix oats and coconut in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk, to a boil, whisking often over medium heat, then remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
  4. Pour over oat mixture and stir quickly to coat.
  5. Working quickly, drop small spoonfuls of mixture onto baking sheets. Let cool until firm. 

Reindeer Dropping Tips:

  • Keep an eye on the sugar mixture, it will boil very quickly and if you’re not watching, it will boil over.
  • If you don’t have parchment paper, you can use waxed paper or butter the baking sheets.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Use 2 spoons to drop mixture onto baking sheets (one spoon to scoop mixture and one to push the mixture off the spoon).
  • You can use quick cooking rolled oats or large old fashioned oats, just don’t use instant.

If you plan to make a lot of these in advance, reuse your parchment paper and remember to check out my post on how to freeze cookies. If you’d like some more cookie recipes, decorating, and packaging ideas, my Pinterest Holiday Cookie Board has some great things to look at.

One comment

  1. my mother used to make your reindeer droppings except she did’nt use coconut .. they were good then and now i make them every year at x-mas time !!!