Caramel Treats

Christmas Haystack Treats

This recipe was developed many years ago by Evelyn Gilbert who made it originally with Macintosh toffee bars. When Nestle developed this pre made caramels, it soon became the candy maker and bakers choice because it was so easy to use and much better tasting!

These are our family favorite especially at Christmas but all year around for special occasion.

They use only 5 ingredients and are made and cooked in minutes.


1 lb. Peter’s caramel

3 tbsp. butter

3 tbsp. heavy cream

4-5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

Whole hazelnuts (approx. 1 cup)


Line a cookie sheet with parchment

Turn on oven to 400 degree Celsius

Place caramel, butter and cream in microwave proof bowl

Microwave on high 3 mins. Checking and stirring every minute until it is heated and mixed

Measure 4 cups of coconut into a bowl and stir in hot caramel mix

With a teaspoon place a spoonful for each cookie on the parchment line cookie sheet about 2” apart as they will spread

Place in oven (400 degree Celsius) for about 3 mins. Checking every 30 seconds until coconut starts to brown and mixture starts to bubble around the edge

Take out of oven and quickly scoop them up with a spoon or spatula to mound them up into a ball.

Place on a china plate to cool and place on top 1 hazelnut while still warm

Cool and place on bon bon cups to fit size of treat.

Other nuts such as pecans or cashews can be use instead of hazelnuts

Treats taste good without nuts for people who are allergic to nut

This Recipe make approximately 48 treats.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published