Our Church Window Cookies are beautiful no-bake treats combining chocolate and colored marshmallows to create a stunning stained glass effect!

Church Window Cookies on a plate

Church Window Cookies combine cakes and candies and cookies- oh my! The holidays are upon us, and that means it’s time for sweet treats! Church Window Cookies are a perfect option for any cookie platter with their bright colors and chocolatey decadence. These no-bake Christmas cookies require only a handful of ingredients and are so simple the kiddos can help too!

The Church Window Cookies origin is difficult to trace, but these cookies date back several generations in many families and are considered a ‘retro’ recipe. The clever use of colored marshmallows to create a stained glass church window effect earned the cookie its name, and they are also known as Cathedral Window Cookies. They shouldn’t be confused with Window Pane Cookies that are a sugar cookie with a transparent colored center.

These simple treats are perfect cookies for church exchanges and are pretty enough to include in your homemade holiday gifts!


  •  Super chocolatey.
  •  Very little effort translates to an eye-catching treat.
  •  Great way to involve the kids.
  •  They make people stop and do a double take!

Church Window Cookies held in hand

What Are Church Window Cookies?

Church Window Cookies are a chocolate and marshmallow candy that when cut looks like a stained glass church window. The outside is traditionally rolled in coconut.




What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Church Window Cookies?

In this recipe for Cathedral Windows, you only need five ingredients! Butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, pastel marshmallows, and coconut make up the entire ingredient list for this classic Christmas treat. The nuts, as always, are optional. You can also make these cookies with mini marshmallows, and the plain white ones work fine as well. The color just makes them ‘pop’ a bit more!

How Do You Make Church Window Cookies?

You’ll first melt the chocolate chips and butter together, then stir in the marshmallows and nuts. After allowing it to cool, you will form a log shape and roll it in coconut. From there, let it harden fully and then cut it into slices to reveal the beautiful stained glass pattern!

Step By Step How To Make Church Window Cookies

Step By Step: How To Make Church Window Cookies

1. In a large saucepan, add chocolate chips and butter.
2. Melt it over low heat. Stir until smooth.
3. Cool slightly. Add walnuts and marshmallows.
4. Mix. Divide mixture into three.
5. Place each portion on a piece of wax paper. Sprinkle each wax paper with coconut
6. Add a portion of the mixture on top of the coconut.
7. Using wax paper, shape each into a 10 inch long roll, roll in coconut. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.Cut crosswise into a half inch slice.

More No-Bake Holiday Treats!

Looking for more no baking Christmas treats? We’ve got you covered.  Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites sandwich peanut butter filling between mini, Christmas themed pretzels before being dipped in chocolate. They’re super cute and even more scrumptious! Rocky Road Fudge blends classic rocky road flavors of marshmallow, chocolate, and nuts in a simple, no worries fudge! No candy thermometer needed! Ok, so technically you need the oven for this one, but it’s so easy you can’t really call it baking! Our Rudolph Noses are adorable and are perfect for your little elves to help with! Finally, our classic crunchy Haystack Cookies use only three ingredients and a handful of minutes to create. Let kids go wild with holiday sprinkles, and they’ll be perfect on any holiday cookie tray!

Church Window Cookies on a plate
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Church Window Cookies

Our Church Window Cookies are beautiful no-bake treats combining chocolate and colored marshmallows to create a stunning stained glass effect!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 36 Cookies
Calories 133 kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Butter cubed
  • 1 package (10 ounces) pastel miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts toasted
  • 2 cups flaked coconut


  1. In a large saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in marshmallows and walnuts.

  2. Divide mixture into three portions; place each portion on a piece of waxed paper. Using waxed paper, shape each into a 10-in.-long roll; roll in coconut. Wrap tightly in waxed paper; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Cut crosswise into 1/2-in. slices.

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Nutritional Information

Nutrition information will vary based on the specific products. To be safe, check the nutrition facts labels of your products. Optional object listed above have been left out of nutritional data.

Nutrition Facts
Church Window Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 /36 of the recipe)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Potassium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1.5g 3%
Vitamin A 1.6%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Church Window Cookies on a plate

Recipe Notes For Church Window Cookies:

Recipe Variations:

  • Change up the Chocolate- Try out different types of chocolate. Dark and milk chocolate can be swapped out without any adjustment to the recipe. Dark chocolate will cut the sweetness level back dramatically!
  • Peanut butter- To make Church Window Cookies peanut butter included, add in ½ cup peanut butter to the melted chocolate and stir until well incorporated. It’s best to use smooth peanut butter to avoid them getting too ‘nutty.’
  • Coconut Alternatives- The outside coating of the log is limited only by your imagination! You can try finely chopped nuts, crushed peppermints, holiday sprinkles, or even flakes of a different type of chocolate.

Melting Chocolate- Remember that chocolate melts at about 93°- which is why it melts in our 98° mouths! When you’re melting chocolate to cook with, careful to not overheat. Go low and slow with the heat or you can always use a double boiler for gentle indirect heat.

Wax Paper- Make sure your wax paper sheets are long enough that you’ll be able to twist the ends- think Tootsie Roll style.

Toasting Walnuts- You can buy roasted walnuts or if you have the raw variety, toasting is super simple and super important! Toasting nuts brings out their flavor and helps increase their shelf life. Simply spread on a dry baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 10 minutes or until they smell yummy!

Church Windows Recipe Microwave Version- To melt chocolate in the microwave, the same rules apply- low and slow. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Start with no more than 30 seconds and watch it like a hawk. As soon as the chocolate starts to get shiny, stop and stir. If they need a little longer, go at 15-second intervals, stirring in between. If your microwave likes to cook hot, decrease the power to 50% and do short 15-30 second bursts, stirring in between. Once everything is melted and smooth, stir in the marshmallows and walnuts. Allow to cool. Follow the original recipe for shaping and coating instructions.

Can You Make Church Window Cookies Ahead Of Time?

Church Window Cookies are a great make-ahead treat. Simply use proper storage practices like keeping them cool and airtight, and they will store fine for several weeks in a well-sealed container.

How Do You Freeze Church Window Cookies?

Freezing Church Window Cookies is very much like freezing fudge and other candies. They will hold well for several months in the freezer, but they must be wrapped well to maintain freshness. You can freeze the entire log or individual pieces. Wrap the log or individual pieces tightly in a layer or two of cling wrap. Place the wrapped candy in a freezer bag and don’t forget to label them!

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Step By Step How To Make Church Window Cookies