Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008

Registered Dietitian Mary LaRock flavored these phyllo rolls with orange and dark chocolate for a winning cookie that will be a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Ingredients 24 servings

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  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup plus 5 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough, (9-by-14-inch), thawed
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  2. To prepare logs: Combine nuts, 1/3 cup sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and cloves in a small bowl.
  3. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a clean, dry surface. Coat thoroughly with cooking spray. Top with another sheet of phyllo and coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle one-quarter of the walnut mixture (about 1/3 cup) evenly over the phyllo.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut the large phyllo rectangle lengthwise into 3 strips then in half crosswise to form 6 smaller rectangular strips.
  5. Beginning at the short ends, loosely roll each strip into a neat log. Repeat with the remaining phyllo and walnut mixture.
  6. Place the logs about 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Spray tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with the remaining 5 teaspoons sugar.
  7. Bake the logs, in batches, until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  8. To prepare topping: Place chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe dish. Microwave on High for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to microwave for 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. Transfer the chocolate to a plastic sandwich bag. Snip off one corner, being careful not to make the opening too large. Squeeze the melted chocolate decoratively across the top of each cooled log. Let stand at room temperature until the chocolate is completely set.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze without the chocolate drizzle (Step 8) for up to 1 month. Defrost at room temperature before decorating with the chocolate drizzle.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Per serving: 76 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 14 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 2 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 7 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 31 mg sodium; 36 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 4

December 26, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Tastes great. The instructions need some changes. These were a big hit at my family's Christmas gathering, The flavor of the cloves, orange, and chocolate is awesome in this crispy little bite. Be sure to google instructions on how to work with phyllo dough if it is new to you. It is easy to work with if you know what you are doing, but frustrating if not. Also, I found it much easier to mix the sugar and the spices, and sprinkle the nuts onto the phyllo separately. When you mix them all together they do not stay mixed (everything is dry and the sugar falls to the bottom of the bowl) and it's hard to get the proportions right. Finally, the chocolate drizzle needs something in the recipe to thin it. I found that when the melted chocolate chips are hot, they melted my plastic bag. When they cooled off enough to put in a bag, the chocolate was too thick to drizzle nicely over the cookies, and when it hardened it all fell off. I added some almond extract to try to fix this problem and while while it did not help, it sure tasted amazing in the chocolate! Pros: Yummy Cons: Not as pretty as the picture.
December 27, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
They really were done in a second and they tasted fine too. But it bothers that the dough came out of oven really hard and the cookies were crumbly. Pros: quickly made Cons: crumbly
November 14, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Making it for diabetics Would a sugar substitute such as Splenda work with these cookies instead of sugar?
December 18, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
These are fantastic, guilt free and not difficult to make! Plus a really fun shape. We love them!