Church Window Cookies are a classic American cookie that look like stain glass windows. These no-bake cookies are a combinaton of chocolate and marshmallows and are perfect for your cookie tray.
Only 5 ingredients needed to make them. They’re called cookies but they are really more of a candy. Church Window Cookies are a delicious combination of colorful marshmallows, chocolate, walnuts, and coconut.
How To Make Church Window Cookies
To make them, you’ll melt 2 cups of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of salted butter together in a large saucepan. Be sure to do this over low heat and stir constantly so that the chocolate does not burn.
Let cool for 5 minutes. You don’t want it hot or it will melt the marshmallows and you won’t get the stained glass look.
Place 2 pieces of waxed paper on your counter and sprinkle 1/4 of the coconut on each one in a 4×12-inch section. Place the nuts and the marshmallows in a large bowl and when the chocolate mixture has cooled, add it to the bowl and stir it in really well.
Divide the mixture between the two pieces of wax paper and shape into 2 logs. Sprinkle the rest of the coconut on top. Tightly roll the logs up in the wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into slices.
Tips For Making
- You can use pecans instead of walnuts.
- The coconut can be omitted.
- Can be frozen for 2 to 3 months if tightly wrapped in wax paper.
More Christmas Cookies
- Oatmeal Spice Cookies with Maple Glaze
- Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Chocolate Croissant Cookies
- Cornflake Christmas Wreaths
- Ambrosia Macaroons
Church Window Cookies
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup salted butter, cubed
- 1 (10-ounce) package pastel marshmallows
- 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- Place chocolate chips and melted butter in a large saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until melted.
- Let cool for about 5 minutes. If the mixture is too warm, it will melt the marshmallows.
- Place two large pieces of wax paper on the counter. Sprinkle about 1/4 of the coconut onto each piece (saving half the coconut) in about a 4 by 12-inch section.
- Place the marshmallows and walnuts in a large bowl.
- Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the bowl and stir to mix evenly.
- Transfer half the mixture onto each piece of wax paper placing it on top of the coconut. Shape into 2 logs. Sprinkle the remaining coconut on top of the logs and onto any bare sections.
- Tightly wrap the logs in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Use a knife to cut the logs into slices.
15 thoughts on “Church Window Cookies”
This is the recipe that my mother used when I was growing up. She substituted the coconut for powder sugar because most of our family does not like the coconut. Great recipe and kids love them. Inexpensive and easy to make.
Use a double broiler and only milk chocolate, these came out ruined with semi- sweet chips and using a pot.
Can I freeze
Yes. My mom made these for years and was even in the newspaper with her technique. No coconut or powdered sugar and she made bags that looked like sausages and stuffed the mixture in the bags. Each one was a prized gift for the recipient. And made a large amount and froze them, so there were always cathedral windows.
Our family loves this. Have made it for Christmas for more years than I can remember! Adds color and a little extra to that cookie plate!!
Oh, forgot to mention—I don’t roll in coconut.
Great recipe. I use part semi sweet and part milk chocolate chips.
i can’t find pastel marshmallows anymore
where have you all gotten them from
my mom made these for the church and family
My grandmother used to make theses and I continued the tradition. They are very easy to make!
I’m not a fan of coconut, I will try rolling them in ground nuts
my mom did graham crackers
back then i don’t think chocolate grahams were around!! and she’d do a mix of cocoa powder and powdered sugar!!
my dad disliked coconut !!
I’ve never heard of these cookies before but they sure look near and I love that they are no-bake as that will save time in the kitchen. My son loves marshmallows, so I will have to make these cookies for him, I’m sure he will absolutely love them.
They sure look fantastic !