Thursday, December 15, 2011

A week of {no bake} Christmas party treats - Day 6 - Cathedral Windows

Hi everyone! Welcome back to "A week of {no bake} Christmas party treats! Today is Day 6 and I have a special treat for you. My sister Sarah is sharing a recipe called Cathedral Windows. Isn't that a great name for Christmas treats? Doesn't it just evoke some beautiful imagery?!

Sarah is artsy and she has an etsy shop called a road to find out. You should definitely take a peek... she does some amazing photography! I've featured her work on my blog here and here.

Take it away Sarah!

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Greetings everyone! I am Mandy's sister Sarah from Iowa! I am a graphic designer and photographer, but I love to bake and cook in my spare time. I found this recipe for a cookie called Cathedral Windows. Our mom made them when she was a little girl, and she was extremely excited to hear I was making them now! They are called Cathedral Windows because the slices of colored marshmallows create a "stained glass" look in a chocolate window surrounded by coconut. My husband Alex and I decided to try them out the other evening. We found that they look like really simple cookies with simple ingredients, but they end up being quite delicious. They look amazingly beautiful for the Christmas season!

We made only half a batch, and it made two logs of the cookies.

First you combine the chocolate chips and butter on the stovetop on low. A double boiler would work really well, we just ended up melting it all in a pan and it worked if you keep stirring!

Mix the marshmallows and the walnuts together in a bowl, then pour the melted chocolate mixture on top of them and stir the sticky mixture together.

Cover the wax paper with coconut. The coconut will end up coating the chocolate marshmallow log. (You'll use a lot more coconut that you'll think!)

Pour the chocolatey mixture onto the coconut covered wax paper.
Roll the chocolatey mixture into a log shape with the wax paper, making sure it is coated with coconut. Keep it tightly closed in the wax paper.

Place in the fridge overnight or until firm. (Alex and I couldn't wait to eat them, so we put it in the freezer for a little over an hour!)

Take out of the fridge/freezer when finished, cut into slices, and devour! They are wonderful with a cold glass of milk or a steaming cup of coffee!

Cathedral Windows

Makes about 60

1/4 pound butter or magarine
1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (12-ounce) package colored mini marshmallows (about 9 cups)
7 ounces sweetened grated coconut (about 2 cups)

Heat butter and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Toss marshmallows and nuts in a large bowl; stir in chocolate. Tear five 9-inch sheets of waxed paper and sprinkle each generously with coconut. Divide dough into fifths and place each fifth on a sheet of waxed paper. Roll tightly into 2-inch diameter logs and refrigerate overnight or until firm. Before serving, unwrap from waxed paper and cut into 1/2" slices.

I found this particular recipe on and am not disappointed at all!

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Hope you all have a beautiful holiday season! And thank you, Mandy, for allowing me to be one of the honored bakers on your blog :)

Thanks Sarah... And thanks Alex for being such a great hand model! I'm sure it won't be the last crazy thing you get roped into doing... not in this family!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the last day of no-bake treats!

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