We are introduced, at an early age, to the sweet wondernous of a cookie. From teething cookies to soothe the swollen aching gums of incoming incisors, onto animal crackers purchased in rectangular-shaped boxes bearing a string handle for easy toting by little fingers. Deciding which part of the animal should be eaten first-the trunk of the elephant or the tail of a lion-depended on how hungry one was. Savor each and every one or simply gobble them down as fast as possible.

My next cookie memory would be the ever famous, possibly all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. There is nothing better than to bite into a round circle of baked dough sprinkled with gooey melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A chocolate chip cookie can dry tears, heal broken hearts, mend scraped knees and elbows and solve sibling arguments. Most of the problems in the world could likely be solved by a properly baked, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie. The power of a cookie is underestimated.

I will attempt in the next 365 days to prepare and comment on a year’s worth of different cookies-one for each day. My goal is to share with others my extreme love of cookies-baking them and especially eating them! Feel free to send me your favorite recipe, your earliest cookie memories, or how cookies may have influenced your life. Cookies Rule!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cookie Recipe #333 - Church Windows

This was a request from my sister-in-law, Angie, whose Grandmother made them when she was a child. My neighbor, Gail, makes this delicious cookie with her nieces, Amanda and Megan, every Christmas season for their Christmas experience (rather than a gift). The recipe is very simple, only 3 ingredients, but oh-so-good! Mostly chocolate reigns here along with dots of marshmallows.

Ingredients: 1 (12 ounce)package semisweet chocolate chips, 1 stick butter, 1 package colored marshmallows (I used the red and green Christmas version).

Instructions: Melt the chocolate chips and butter either in the microwave or on top of the stove, stirring until butter and chocolate are both melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir occasionally until slightly cooled. Add in marshmallows in a folding motion until completely covered with chocolate.

Drop on 2 sheets of waxed paper (or parchment paper) and form into 2 logs about 12 inches long. Wrap tightly in the waxed paper and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Remove to cutting surface and cut into 1/2-inch slices.

Makes about 50 church windows.

Cookies Rule!!!


  1. Hey - I recognize those! Gail will be making them with Amanda in a week. Now that the girls are older, they are going to have separate Christmas experiences, but will end with the making of Church Windows. Yummy!

  2. This was the first time I made them and I had never had any before, but I love them and they are so simple to make. Gail enjoys her time with the girls and I'm sure it's something they will always treasure as they get older.