When the holidays come around I get excited because 2 years ago I started the tradition of baking holiday cookies for my friends and neighbors. Every year I like to try something new along with old favorites... last year it was peanut brittle, which was easy and came out pretty good. But this year I remembered an old favorite that my mom used to make every year and I just had to do it.
Stained Glass Cookies!
As a little girl I just loved the colors and all the chocolaty goodness of these pretty delights. I called my mom and she recited the recipe as best as she could remember but in the end I did end up googling it make sure I didn't miss anything important like oh I don't know... BUTTER!
I did alter the recipe a bit by using dark chocolate chips instead of semi sweet and at first all I could find was peppermint marshmallows but those ended up tasting way better than the traditional colored marshmallows!
So without further adieu here is the recipe that I used:
Stained Glass Cookies
1 Cup of Butter (I cube)
1 bag of semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 bag of sweetened coconut
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 bag of peppermint or colored mini marshmallows - or your flavor of choice!
What to do:
1. Melt the butter and chocolate in a large sauce pan over low heat stirring constantly. Once it's all melted and smooth remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and walnuts then let it cool for about 15 minutes - this is very important because if you don't let it cool and you dump in the marshmallows they will melt! Just let it cool enough to touch.
2. Fold in the marshmallows and stir until they are well coated. It doesnt look pretty at this point but trust me it is tasty!
3. Now pull out about a 15" long piece of wax paper and sprinkle coconut on the center of the paper and then spoon half the mixture onto it length wise in a log shape on one side of the paper. Then roll it into the coconut back and forth until its all covered.
4. Then the hard part... wrap it up tightly in a log shape and then twist the ends under and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours - over night is best.
5. When they are good and hard unwrap them and cut them into about 1/2" pieces.
And then place them on your cutest plate or in tins for gifts! The ones on the left are with traditional colored mini marshmallows and the ones on the right are with peppermint marshmallows which I think taste better... but it's totally up to you! Take a photo and tag me on instagram I would love to see your version of this recipe! Happy Holidays and I hope you enjoy these pretty delights as much as I do!