Cathedral Cookies Recipe
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Cathedral Cookies Recipe

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Children love the colorful marshmallows in these festive confections, which look like stained glass when they're sliced. They practically light up the room from the serving platter at our holiday parties.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + freezing Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + freezing Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups pastel miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 81 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir a small amount into the egg, then return all to pan. Cook and stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Pour into a bowl; let cool for 15 minutes. Gently stir in marshmallows and nuts. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. On a sheet of waxed paper, shape dough into a 1-1/2-in.-diameter log. Place coconut on another sheet of waxed paper. Gently roll log over coconut to coat sides. Wrap up tightly, twisting ends to seal.
  3. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. Remove waxed paper. Cut into 1/4-in. slices. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Cathedral Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p31

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"This is a childhood favorite! I made it again using this recipe, and it was perfectly like the one I remember!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"These cookies were really easy to make, taste really good, and will look great on my Christmas cookie tray when I make a second batch of them - I brought the first batch to a friend's holiday party last week and everyone loved them!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"my mother used to make these when I was growing up now that I have the recipe I will be able to make them for myself. these were always the first one I ate."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"I wish Taste of Home would let me revise my previous rating! After letting these mellow for two days, they turned out to be something we really enjoyed. I would now rate these as FOUR STARS. **** It has since become a regular part of my Christmas Cookie Platter.

I also would like to correct a typo in my original review (dated 12/14/2009):
*I relied on my own experience and melted the CHOCOLATE CHIPS gently in the microwave, then added shortening instead of butter."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

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