Stained Glass Window Cookies


Stained Glass Window Cookies

Stained Glass Window Cookies
24 cookies
2 Hr
5 Min

These eye-catching holiday cookies are special for two reasons: one, they're no bake cookies which means they're perfect for holiday entertaining in a hurry. And two, they're absolutely stunning! With their colorful design that resembles stained glass windows, they're sure to be the talk of the table! You might say this easy cookie recipe is downright heavenly. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) package multi-colored miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

What to Do

  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and chocolate chips, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla and walnuts. Cool mixture 8 to 10 minutes, or until cool but not to the point of hardening.
  2. Fold in marshmallows and stir until well coated. Spoon half the mixture lengthwise down the center of an 18-inch piece of wax paper. Shape into a 12- x 2-inch log and place at one edge of wax paper. Sprinkle 1/2 cup coconut over remainder of wax paper.
  3. Roll log over coconut, evenly coating the outside of the entire log. Wrap log firmly in wax paper, folding ends snugly. Repeat with the other half of marshmallow mixture and remaining 1/2 cup coconut.
  4. Refrigerate until firm (At least 2 hours or overnight). Unwrap each log and cut into 1/4-inch slices; serve. 

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This used to be my favorite "cookie" at Christmas time growing up. We called them church windows because they look like stained glass. My best friend did not like coconut so we always made one log without it, just for her. Very easy and quick to make.

So festive,easy,and so good. They are delightfully different.

I've been making these 'Church Windows' {it's what the original recipe was called} for over 30 years. We never put Coconut in and i used either a stick of Butter or Margarine. The Marjarine holds firmer than the Butter but they are both good and this is not a Cookie it is Candy. There is no flour or baking ;} my family loves them so I will continue making them the way I've been for over 30 years but thank you for sharing.


These sound really awesome and easy and I was thinking of making them for my kids teachers but one quick question do they need to be some where cold.

We always kept them in the freezer until we wanted to eat them. I prefer them a little frozen but they are perfectly fine at room temp. They do tend to dry out if left out for an extended period of time.

I tried making these with carob but they would not stay together. When they fell apart, I just mixed all the coconut and the marshmallows together and melted them for a little bit with the carob until all blended together and then put them into a nine inch pan and refrigerated them and cut them in pieces. Much like candy and tasted good. I threw the recipe away because it wouldn't work for me but I am back getting it so I can make it almost fudge like. Don't let the marshmallows melt completely, so they still look like stained glass when cut. I also used hazelnuts in the mix instead of walnuts since it was all I had. A taste treat.

I have made this for many many years. My recipe doesn't call for butter or coconut. I am going to try it with the butter next time. My family doesn't care for coconut so I roll mine in powder sugar. I am surprised to see this old recipe on here. Thanks for sharing it.

These are very much like the ones I've made, but instead of the the walnuts in the mixture it was uncooked oats and it was the chopped walnuts the mixture was rolled on to make it look like the window pane. Very yummy both ways.

MY mom usedto make cookies similiar to these!

Thank you Mr. Food; I just love your recipes and we love it when you say OOH it's so good!

thank you mr food i like best of foods my birthday tomorr friday 33 years hold

This sounds really easy, but I don't like coconut, so maybe roll them in red or green sugar instead!

more like candy than cookies, but hey, it still looks great for any occasion. you could also use Christmas colored M&Ms with the letter side down for a more festive look. Roll gently so M&Ms dont crumble.

My friend makes these every year but would never reveal the recipe. Thank I know what to give her for xmas


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