Recipe: Church Window Cookies

Yeah, I’ve been a bit remiss in getting these cookie recipes posted. The fact is I made these Church Window Cookies earlier this week. This evening, 13abc’s Zack Ottenstein came off his first-ever solo anchoring at the news desk, headed directly to our house, had dinner with us while still in makeup … and then Briahna asked, “Can I have some of the Church Window Cookies?” Mary mentioned she hadn’t gotten any of them yet either … and then it dawned on me the roll was still in the fridge, un-cut! Everyone had some, with Zack eating all but the coconut. This batch was great … it’d be rather difficult to screw them up anyway.

Sorry, Rebecca. I should have had this posted by now. Mea culpa!

These are by far my favorite Christmas cookies. My mom’s been making them ever since I can remember (this is her recipe) and still does. The recipe is quite simple, and the cookies themselves are quite delicious.

Church Window Cookies
12 oz package semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick margarine (not butter!)
10.5 oz package of colored mini marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
sweetened shredded coconut

Double boiler
Wax paper

In a double-boiler, melt the chips with the margarine, stirring almost constantly. Once they’re melted, remove them from the heat and allow them to cool quite a bit (at least an hour) so the marshmallows won’t melt. Fold in the mini marshmallows and nuts. On a sheet of wax paper, roll into a log about 3″ in diameter, then roll in shredded coconut. Wrap the roll in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Slice into 1/2″ cookies before serving.


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  1. OMG, Dave, these sound delicious & doable. The grandkids will love making these, thanks!

  2. JEP, you’re quite welcome!

  3. My wife used to make these every Christmas. She passed away and this was one 1 of many I could not find so I Googled it.Glad I found yours because
    all the others call for butter and one person said to use margarine instead of butter because it would do run or do something to mess it up. I may try it. I never knew my wife to buy butter so this makes sense.The pictures help to because no body I have told has seen them.
    Thanks, David

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