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Yuletide Logs

This traditional festive recipe is really very nutritious and healthy. Below, the first two recipes are from other centuries--very simple to make and delicious--and a real treat at that time. The third recipe is a recent version calling for dried cranberries instead of the traditional dates. Cranberries are even more healthy, according to recent studies! These little treats are tasty and toasty ...

2 tbls soft butter

½ cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

Cranberries have health benefits!

½ cup flour

½ cup chopped dates

½ cup chopped nuts

coconut for dredging

Cream butter and sugar, then add egg and vanilla, beating well.  Dredge dates and nuts with flour and stir into butter mixture.  Form dough into log shapes 3 ½ inches long.  Roll logs in coconut, pressing into dough.  Arrange on a greased cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes (or until browned) in 350° F oven.

Yield: 20 logs

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Walnut Logs

1 cup walnuts

½ cup dates

¾ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg, slightly beaten

¼ cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grind nuts and dates in a food grinder or processor.  Mix in ¾ cup of coconut, sugar, and egg.

Shape into rolls, ¾” in diameter and 1 ½“ long.  Roll in remaining ¼ cup of coconut.  Place on greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes.

Yield:  2 dozen

Cranberry Yule Logs

1 cup ground nuts

½ cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup Demerara sugar

2 tbls glacée orange peel

1 tbls roasted coffee beans, optional

½ cup unsweetened coconut

¼ cup sesame seeds

1 egg

¼ cup coconut or sesame seeds for dredging

Preheat oven to 350° F with a pan of water on the bottom rack.

Whisk egg with sugar to combine.

Grind cranberries, coffee beans, sesame seeds, orange peel, and ½ cup coconut to a fine consistency in food processor.  Combine with egg mixture.  Add ground nuts and stir well.

Take a small lump of dough and squeeze in one hand to compress.  Roll between palms to make a smooth log and tamp the ends.  Roll logs in ¼ cup coconut or sesame seeds, pressing into dough to adhere.

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment; bake for 10 – 12 minutes at 350° F, until nicely browned.

Yield:  one dozen

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