Family Christmas Cookie Baking Time!

cathedral window cookie

One of our favorite traditions in This Big House around the holiday season is baking Christmas cookies together as a family.  I get all warm and fuzzy inside just thinking about it.  About 10 days before Christmas, with the house all decorated to illustrate Christmas cheer, we turn on our favorite holiday music and get out the colored marshmallows, chocolate chips, sugar, flour, cinnamon candies, etc., for an evening of decadent family time!


We have adopted our favorite kinds of Christmas cookies over the years.  Some of them, you may familiar with yourself.  Our all-time favorite list includes buckeyes, holly cookies, good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies with red and green colored morsels, and cathedral window cookies.

Cathedral window cookies have long been my personal favorite.  Although these cookies likely originated from somewhere else.  For me, their roots can be traced back to Ohio, during the eighties and nineties when I would help my mom bake Christmas cookies back home.  Today, our daughter Annabelle, counts cathedral window cookies as her favorite Christmas cookie, just like her dad.

Years ago, mom gave me a handmade cookbook with a lot of her recipes included.  Anyone reading this should feel special because I am about to share something that is very dear to my heart:  the cathedral window cookie recipe from Mom!

cathedral window cookies

We are still working on perfecting many of the other cookies we bake in This Big House, but I like to thing we finally have this one down!

So here is the recipe straight from Mom’s cookbook:

Cathedral Window Cookie Recipe:


  • 12-ounce package of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • One cup chopped nuts (Mom only uses ½ cup)
  • 5-ounces mini colored marshmallows
  • Flaked coconuts (to roll cookie roll in)

In double broiler, slowly melt the margarine and chips.  Remove from heat and cool some.  Add nuts and marshmallows; gently fold in the marshmallows and nuts – do not beat.  Important:  wait until the melted margarine and chocolate chips are cool enough as to not melt the marshmallows. 

Form into one or two rolls on wax paper.  Then roll in coconut flakes.  Wrap the roll in wax paper and chill about two hours before slicing.

And…Voila!  There you have it, cathedral window cookies, This Big House style!  Does it look like a cathedral window to you?

cathedral window cookie

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