Also called Church Window Cookies, No Bake Stained Glass Cookies are made with melted butter and chocolate chips plus colorful mini marshmallows. The mixture is rolled into logs and sliced into one-inch thick cookies. This quick recipe makes enough for a crowd so this recipe is perfect for all of your holiday gatherings!
Stained Glass Cookies with Marshmallows
Christmas cookies are such a family tradition for so many people because they just aren't something you make any other time of year.
There are so many varieties of special holiday-time cookies that people make that are different from your basic chocolate chip cookie you may enjoy any time of year.
These Stained Glass Window Cookies are totally those cookies for me. Biting into these soft, chocolate-covered NO-BAKE cookies instantly floods me with memories of visiting my grandparents every Christmas season and shamelessly enjoying a few Stained Glass Window Cookies.
Why you'll love this recipe
Also called Church Window Cookies, these cookies are sure to be a holiday favorite for you!
- They look like pretty church stained-glass windows!
- With no baking involved, these cookies are incredibly simple to make. The hardest part is waiting for them to chill!
- Kids will love these fun marshmallow cookies.
I remember growing up wondering what kind of magic made these cookies SO good. Well... That magic?
Butter. Chocolate. Marshmallows. That's it!
To make these cookies taste the best, use high-quality unsalted butter like Kerrygold and quality chocolate chips like Ghirardelli.
For the marshmallows, make sure to stock up on pastel-colored mini marshmallows. These are what give them their stained-glass look and distinct flavor. You can find them with the regular mini-marshmallows in grocery stores or Amazon has them as well.
If you love marshmallows, you'll love these Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies, too!
Variations & Substitutions
You totally could experiment here to make these yours.
- Use dark chocolate chips for a deeper flavor.
- Stir 1 tablespoon of peanut butter into the chocolate.
- Add ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract to the chocolate.
- For a vegan option, use vegan chocolate chips and colored vegan marshmallows. (Here are some top brands.)
- Roll the chocolate logs in shredded coconut, graham cracker crumbs or or finely chopped peanuts.
I'm going to stand as a Stained Glass Window Cookie purist here, simply because THIS is the way I grew up eating these.
But if you try something different, please comment and let me know! I'd love to hear how it went.
How to Make Stained Glass Window Cookies
These cookies are so easy. You're not going to believe how simple they are to put together. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool and set!
- Add ½ cup unsalted butter to a saucepan on low heat. Melt butter until almost melted.
- Add in chocolate chips and stir to melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
- Remove from heat and let cool until it's cool enough to touch, but hasn't hardened.
- After the chocolate has cooled, pour in colored mini marshmallows and stir until completely coated.
- Form into a log using wax paper and refrigerate until solid. Slice and serve!
How to Roll Stained Glass Window Cookies
Making the cookies into a roll isn't hard, but it is tricky the first time. After this, you'll be a pro. Here's what I do to get the perfect roll every time.
- Cut out three pieces of wax paper, 10-12 inches long. Remove the roll from the box (you can put it back later!) .
- Lay one piece of wax paper into box.
- Pour the chocolate-covered marshmallow mixture into the box, leaving about 2 inches on each end.
- Take the wax paper sheet out of the box and wrap up the log, twisting the ends of the wax paper like hard candy. This prevents air from getting into the wraps.
- Refrigerate until solid. If you are in a pinch, you can also freeze to solidify the chocolate.
- Slice the log into ½-inch slices and serve immediately or refrigerate until later!
Tips & Tricks
While these no bake Christmas cookies are ridiculously easy to make, there are a handful of things to remember:
Use low heat. There is nothing worse than burning the chocolate. (You can also melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave in 30-second intervals.)
Wait for the chocolate to cool. The chocolate must be COOL before adding the marshmallows. You should be able to stick your finger into the chocolate, but it isn't cooled and hardened.
Use colored mini marshmallows for the full effect. White marshmallows might be fine in a pinch, but you'd lose the pretty stained glass effect.
Chilling Stained Glass Window Cookies
These cookies do require a bit of chill time, but depending on where you live, you may not need the full eight hours.
The chocolate-covered, marshmallow-filled logs just need to be firm enough that you can cut them in slices.
If you need to store these to enjoy later, slice the log first, then rewrap in wax paper, place in a zip-top bag or storage container and refrigerate.
More holiday cookie recipes
This recipe is a part of The Sweetest Season virtual cookie exchange, hosted by my good friend, Erin, of The Speckled Palate! You can find out all about the exchange here as well as find out how we are raising money for the nonprofit Cookies for Kids' Cancer.
- White Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
- Simple Six Ingredient Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
- No Bake Buckeye Bars
- M&M Christmas Cookie Bars
- Cinnamon Cookies
Ready to learn how to make these beauties yourself? Scroll down for the recipe!
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- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 10 ounces colored mini marshmallows
- In a medium saucepan, melt ½ cup of unsalted butter on low heat.
- Once butter is almost melted, add 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips to pan. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to combine butter and chocolate. Stir occasionally to ensure chocolate does not burn.
- Remove pan from heat and allow to cool enough to place your finger in the melted chocolate, but chocolate has not solidified.
- Stir in mini marshmallows until completed coated in chocolate.
- Separate chocolate mixture onto two sheets of wax paper.
- Use wax paper to form the mixture into a log shape. Pro tip: you can also use the wax paper box to help form the log's shape.
- Place logs on baking sheet and refrigerate for 8 hours.
- Remove from fridge and use a sharp knife to slice logs into ½ inch to 1 inch thick slices.
- Serve immediately or put back in fridge until serving.
If your chocolate solidifies, just put it back on low heat until it melts again and then let cool once again.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g