Church Window Cookies

You’ll love this vintage recipe for no bake cookies! Church Window Cookies (also called Marshmallow Yule Log) is a delicious combination of chocolate, marshmallows and nuts.

Window Pane Candy. Cathedral Cookies. Stained Glass Candy. Cathedral Windows. There are as many names for these cookies as there are calories in the rainbow of marshmallows.

So many of you have requested this recipe that you grew up with. You’ve shared stories of holidays and dinners at your grandma’s house where this chocolate candy was served. This specific recipe comes from a Mennonite cookbook of ours. I hope it brings back great memories for you!

slices of church window cookies on a plate

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • No bake dessert.
  • Colorful candy.
  • Only 6 ingredients.
  • Brightens up cookie dessert plates.
  • Customizable to what your family likes.

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter. I like to use salted butter. The little bit of salt cuts the sweetness ever so slightly.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use dark chocolate if you’d like. Milk chocolate tends to be thicker so I don’t recommend using those.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Mini Marshmallows. Many of the colored mini marshmallows are fruit flavored, so be prepared for that. If you don’t want the fruit flavor, you can use regular white marshmallows.
  • Nuts. Walnuts work great because they are light in texture and mild in flavor.
  • Shredded coconut. We used sweetened shredded coconut, but you could use unsweetened if you’d like.

How to Make Church Window Cookies

  • Melt. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and chocolate chips over low heat. Stir constantly until the butter is melted and the chocolate chips are smooth. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Mix well. Allow the chocolate mixture to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Prepare. Cut two pieces of 14” wax paper. Lay them flat on the countertop. Sprinkle ¾ cup of shredded coconut on each piece of the wax paper.
  • Mix. Place the chopped walnuts and mini marshmallows in a large bowl. Pour the chocolate over the nuts and marshmallows. Use a rubber spatula to mix well. Divide the mixture in half.
  • Roll the logs. Place one half on each piece of wax paper. Shape carefully into two logs. Sprinkle the tops of the logs with the remaining coconut. Roll the logs up tightly in wax paper. Refrigerate the logs for at least two hours.
  • Slice and serve. To get clean slices, freeze the logs for about 15-20 minutes, then unroll from the wax paper and use a sharp knife to cut slices.

Recipe Variations

  • Other options instead of coconut for rolling is powdered sugar, chopped nuts or even graham cracker crumbs.
  • Add a different flavor other than vanilla to the chocolate mixture. Peppermint or rum extract are two great options.
  • Use white chocolate chips.
  • Use Rice Krispies instead of nuts for a nut-free crunch.
  • Use white marshmallows and roll in crushed graham crackers for a s’more like sliced candy.
closeup of church window cookies with marshmallows
closeup of church window cookies with marshmallows

Stained Glass Church Window Cookies

5 from 1 vote
You'll love this vintage recipe for no bake cookies! Church Window Cookies (also called Marshmallow Yule Log) is a delicious combination of chocolate, marshmallows and nuts.
Servings 48
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 10 ounces colored miniature marshmallows 1 bag
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • wax paper

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, heat the butter and chocolate chips over low heat. Stir constantly until the butter is melted and the chocolate chips are smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • Allow the chocolate mixture to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut two pieces of 14” wax paper. Lay them flat on the countertop.
  • Sprinkle ¾ cup of shredded coconut on each piece of the wax paper.
  • Place the chopped walnuts and mini marshmallows in a large bowl.
  • Pour the chocolate over the nuts and marshmallows. Use a rubber spatula to mix well.
  • Divide the mixture in half.
  • Place one half on each piece of wax paper. Shape carefully into two logs. Sprinkle the tops of the logs with the remaining coconut.
  • Roll the logs up tightly in wax paper.
  • Refrigerate the logs for at least two hours.
  • To get clean slices, freeze the logs for about 15-20 minutes, then unroll from the wax paper and use a sharp knife to cut slices.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Recipe credit: Mennonite Country Style Recipes
The calories shown are based on the recipe being cut into 48 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of candy. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 121
Keyword candy recipe, no bake dessert, vintage

Frequently Asked Questions

My marshmallows melted. What did I do wrong?

If the chocolate is too hot, the marshmallows will melt. Let it cool at least 10-15 minutes.

I don’t like coconut. Can I roll it in nuts instead?

Yes. Finely chop walnuts and roll the logs in those.

I have a nut allergy. What can I use instead of nuts?

Rice Krispies would be a great option.

Are church windows gluten free?

Yes, they should be gluten free. Just be sure to check the ingredient packages to be sure.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Rita Grimm
9 months ago

I only have unsalted butter how much salt should I add?