Marshmallow Yule Log (Church Windows, Stained Glass)

This Marshmallow Yule Log is one of my very favourite retro Christmas recipes! This treat is pure chocolate, walnut and coloured marshmallow goodness! 

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This Marshmallow Yule Log (also commonly known as Church Windows, Stained Glass) is one of my very favourite retro Christmas recipes! This is not the recipe known as TV Roll which has raw eggs in it. This treat is pure chocolate and colored marshmallow goodness! If you are looking for more Christmas color try my Grinch crock pot candy recipe or my mint M&M Christmas fudge.

How to Make a Marshmallow Yule Log

One of the reasons that I love this marshmallow dessert is the coloured marshmallows remind me of the best of the best of Canadian prairie treats. My Peanut Butter Marshmallow Confetti Bars are one of the recipes that reminds me of my childhoods the most. My Grandma always had a stash of those in her freezer and if you haven’t eaten one of those while they are frozen, you simply haven’t lived my friends. Put that on your must try list!

close up piece of Marshmallow Yule Log

While it may seem that you’re not going to be able to form this into two rolls, the parchment paper that you place the mixture on to form the chocolate into a log is your helper. It’s messy, but it does actually work in the end! Just form into a log with the parchment paper around it ( use it like a barrier between the mixture and your hands) and then keep packing the coconut onto the outside of the roll.  The real key is freezing them, everything is going to come together and meld properly if you just give it time. Then when it comes time to serve it, you can defrost it enough to slice with a knife and you’re done!

sliced Marshmallow Yule Log

If you don’t have waxed paper for freezing the marshmallow Yule logs in, you can use parchment paper instead. The most important part is that you are sealing it up with plastic wrap to keep them fresh and prevent freezer burn. These will last in your freezer for up to 3 months if wrapped up properly.

Who else remembers these from when you were a kid? I am so excited to take mine out of the freezer this Christmas and have the whole family try them!



Marshmallow Yule Log (Church Windows, Stained Glass)

This Marshmallow Yule Log is one of my very favourite retro Christmas recipes! This treat is pure chocolate, walnut and coloured marshmallow goodness! 
5 from 24 votes
sliced Marshmallow Yule Log
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Total Time
12 minutes
24 slices
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 5 1/2 cups (10.5 ounce package) rainbow colored miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


  • Melt the butter and chocolate chips in a pan over low heat. Let the mixture cool slightly so that when you add the marshmallows they won’t melt.
  • Stir in the walnuts and the marshmallows. Let cool.
  • Spread coconut on waxed paper. Divide the cooled mixture into two even portions. Form each portion into a long roll. Coat the rolls with the coconut, I do this by using the parchment paper to roll them back and forth as the mixture is sticky! 
  • Wrap the rolls in waxed paper and  then again in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or longer. 
  • To serve, defrost and cut into slices that are around 1/3 of an inch thick.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values will vary due to brands of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 212kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 45mg, Potassium: 125mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 125IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. P.G. says

    My dearest Aunt Amanda made this treat for us when we were kids. In memory of her, I will make this for a group of friends this holiday.

  2. Ann Marie Anderson says

    The recipe I have is exactly the same but has an added ingredient of 1/2 cup peanut butter and I use non salted peanuts from a big plastic bottle as a few of my other xmas recipes require nuts and walnuts are a little on the expensive side. All in all a great treat recipe.


    My daughter is very allergic to coconut, would it work to roll these in graham cracker crumbs instead of the coconut?? or any other suggestions for rolling?? Thank you Bette Valentine

  4. Linda Knight says

    Last year I decided to save paper towel rolls when they were finished and I cut them up the middle and after I rolled the log to TRY and shape it I just used wax paper I then put the roll in the paper towel roll to give in more support and scotched tape it closed . It’s just like putting a weiner in a bun it really helps thenI put it in a plastic bag in the fridge.

  5. Cheryl says

    I made this yesterday. It was way too much chocolate and messy. Also rolling it in the coconut did not work out. I’ll try again next year and tweak it a bit.

  6. Shirley says

    I love these rolls! I used to use half butterscotch chip and half semi-sweet choc chips….
    So delicious.

    • Shari New says

      I’ve made this for years I add 1/2 cup of peanut butter and roll in powdered sugar no coconut I also use white marshmallows

  7. Marne says

    My neighbour made this marshmallow roll for us when we were kids. We loved it every year she made it for us. The most difficult part for me in making this recipe was making the log even but it didn’t really matter. The end result always tasted really, really good.5 stars

  8. Lisa says

    If you use 2Tbs of crisco instead of butter your chocolate won’t seize other than that this recipe is great

  9. Laverne says

    I used to make this log at Christmas all the time it was called Marshmallow Yuke Log. All the ingredients are the same except my receipt didn’t have walnuts in it.
    I lost the receipt and have been looking for it for years. Decided to search the internet under Marshmallow Cookies when it brought up this receipt.
    I read it and couldn’t believe it. I have copied it so I now have my receipt back.

  10. Jessica Flores says

    I want to make this dessert for my kids, but one of them has a nut allergy? Can I omit the walnuts?

    • Marne says

      Yes you can definitely omit the walnuts. I make this recipe every year and have never put nuts in the recipe!

  11. Lisa says

    Something my mom made all the time too! But she used German chocolate instead of semi sweet…….om gosh!!! Delish!
    Also, yes the egg would not be raw because its put in the hot melted butter and chocolate which would cook it.

    • Karen says

      Can’t find coloured marshmallows only flavoured colour marshmallows can I use the flavoured ones or will the recipe taste weird

  12. Gabby says

    Hi! My kids are very excited about this recipe! But, my daughter is allergic to nuts. Can I replace it with something else that would still make this recipe a bomb?

  13. Trish Kinsella-Harley says

    My husband is allergic to nuts, is there something I can use instead or can I make it with out the nuts?

  14. Jen says

    Thank you so much for this recipe Karlynn!! My momma passed away just before Christmas last year. This was a favourite growing up, but her recipe had an egg in it, and I am not fond of eating raw eggs!! I cannot wait to make these!!5 stars

    • Carol says

      Jen: I have that recipe of which you speak. Because I’m certain when the well beaten egg was put into the hot chocolate, the egg would be cooked. Chocolate Marshmallow Nut Roll
      (Yummy-My Aunt Edna’s recipe!!)
      4–semi sweet chocolate squares
      4-tablespoons butter (margarine)
      1 egg (beat well)
      1 1/4 c. icing sugar
      1/2 tsp. vanilla
      1 c. chopped walnuts
      1/2 small coloured marshmallows.
      Coconut (not too fine, not too course)
      Waxed paper
      1. Melt chocolate, butter, over indirect heat (double boiler). Mix well-beaten egg and vanilla into the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat.
      2. Mix in the icing sugar, walnuts and marshmallows.
      3. Lay a sheet of waxed paper flat. Sprinkle coconut evenly over the waxed paper.
      4. Spoon the chocolate /marshmallow, nut mixture onto the coconut in a roll along one end of the waxed paper.
      5. Roll . Chill, slice and serve.

  15. Jan Rivera says

    This is a Christmas family favorite for us, too! I usually make one roll with coconut and one with powdered sugar.😋🎄

    • Julie says

      Hello Jan
      Try to roll them in graham crackers they are so very yummy that way.


  16. Jacquie says

    Mom used to make this but called it TV roll. Not sure why. She also added maraschino cherries, they are really good in it.

  17. Cheryl says

    Yummy! My mother used to make these marshmallow yule logs but somehow I think it was mainly when she was hosting a party. I’d always sneak a slice or two!

  18. Bev says

    I struggle with making a proper log shape!!
    Could I make this as a regular square in square pan?

  19. Tyler says

    I just wanted to say thank you. My Mom passed away just over a year ago. She used to make this or something very similar when I was a kid. We had a cold room and she would hide it in there until Christmas. I would go in there and steal a piece. I miss her so much and this brings back a memory of when I was young and loved her so much!5 stars

    • Karlynn says

      Aww Tyler thank you for letting me know. Your mom sounds pretty special. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas this year. ❤️❤️?5 stars

      • Dagny Taggart says

        when I was a kid, making these was part of the marathon long weekend of Christmas baking with my aunt Jean and my grandmother. the hardest part was refraining from licking my hands all the way up to my elbows before we were done.

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