Hazelnut Campfire Logs

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Hazelnut Campfire Logs with Coffee Frosting


We give a cottage-country feel to this melt-in-your-mouth holiday classic 
by shaping the cookies into logs and adding coffee-frosting or drizzled 
chocolate “bark.”

  • Serves: about 4 dozen logs
  • Course: Desserts


Hazelnut Campfire Logs

  • 1 cup butter, softened (250 ml)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (125 ml)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (500 ml)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (30 ml)
  • 1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup (filberts) (250 ml)
  • 1 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate or Coffee Frosting (recipe follows)
  • cocoa (optional)

Coffee Frosting

  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder (10 ml)
  • 2 tbsp warm milk (30 ml)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (60 ml)
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted (500 ml)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Hazelnut Campfire Logs

    In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Stir in flour and cornstarch. Mix well, then work dough with hands until smooth. Mix in nuts.
  3. Shape dough into pencil shapes about 
2" x 1/2" (5 cm x 1 cm). (Dough will flatten and spread a little when baked to form logs.) Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake in centre of preheated oven 
for 15–20 minutes, or until cookies are 
just starting to brown around edges. Cool 10 minutes on sheets, then 
remove and cool completely on racks.
  5. Drizzle tops of cooled cookies with melted semi-sweet chocolate or spread with Coffee Frosting. Run the tines 
of a fork down the frosting to add texture to the “bark.” Dust frosting with cocoa if desired.
  6. Coffee Frosting

  7. Stir coffee powder into warm milk 
to dissolve.
  8. In a small bowl, cream butter and icing sugar together, adding coffee 
mixture as needed to make a smooth, spreadable frosting. Makes enough for 4 dozen logs.

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