Date nut logs

Melissa Buchanan-Smith


A Christmas tradition passed down from Sandy Emerling. Passed to her from her mother.


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes 50 - 60 cookies
1 Hr 30 Min
10 Min


  • 1 c
    warm milk
  • 2 pkg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
  • STEP 2

  • 3 c
  • 1/2 lb
    soft oleo
  • 3
    egg yolks
  • STEP 3

  • 1 lb
  • 8 oz
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3
    egg whites

How to Make Date nut logs


  1. Step 1 of ingredients-
    Add yeast to warm milk. Add sugar and flour.

    Set pan in warm water and let Stand till rises. Cover.

    Note: do not boil. Just warm.
  2. Step 2 of ingredients
    Mix ingredients of step two, reserving egg whites for step three.

    Once mixed, add the yeast mixture to they mixture.

    This makes your dough.
  3. Step 3 of ingredients(the filling)-
    Grind walnuts and dates together in a grinder or food processor.

    If you alternate adding ingredients it will help prevent clumping.

    I do this step first and set aside.
  4. Mix sugar, vanilla and egg whites.

    Beat until whipped and peaks. Now fold this into date nut mix.

    Note: this step can be done in advance.
  5. Then take dough you made and divide into four sections.

    This makes it more manageable and ensures quantities.
  6. Taking a section of your dough, aprx a Tablespoon size of dough and make balls.
    Smaller then a golf ball.

    Will need powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Roll out dough balls.

    Flip to get powdered sugar on each side.
  7. Divide your date nut mix as you did your dough.

    Take aprx 1 1/2 teaspoon of nut mix and place in center of dough(rolled out crust).
  8. Folding dough-
    Fold over bottom side.

    Then fold in ends (left and right side).

    Now fold over top.

    Once dough is sealed, press from center out to move filling to ends.
  9. Pinch and form into half moons.

    Place seem side down on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  10. Bake 8-10 minutes on 375. Just as it begins to golden on the bottom. Any longer they can become dry.

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About Date nut logs

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids Heirloom
Hashtags: #cookie #date #walnut

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