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Gingerbread Yule Log Cookies

Featured in Taste of Home's "Ultimate Cookie Swap" , this soft gingerbread cookie is a delicious combination of gingerbread, Nutella and lime (and no molasses) all rolled up in a festive yule log cookie!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine North American
Keyword cookies, gingerbread, yule log
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chill time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 433kcal
Author Terri Gilson



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Stir the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Combine light corn syrup, light brown sugar and margarine in a large saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat until margarine is melted.
  • Stir the liquid into the flour mixture, then add the cream cheese. Mix well with a spoon, then using hands as dough becomes stiff.
  • Chill the dough until it is easy to handle (10 – 15 minutes approximately). Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness on parchment paper. Trim to large rectangle      (about 10”X 5 or 6”)- you should get 3 of these rectangles. Trim the edges so it’s a neat rectangle.
  • Squeeze the juice from the lime and set aside. Finely grate the lime and add the zest of the lime to the Nutella.
  • Spread lime zest/Nutella mixture onto each rectangle of the dough, dividing between the 3 rectangles (but thin out as you come to the edges). 
  • Start at the long end and roll up, as you would a jelly roll. 
  • Continue to roll it all the way up. It will crack as you roll, but don't worry, as this adds to the 'log' look.
  • Roll until you have a long log. Keep the 'seam side' down.
  • Cut each large log into about 4 smaller logs.
  •  Etch lines in cookies with the front and back of a butter knife to look like bark on log.
  • Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until lightly brown on the bottom.

Make the glaze:

  • Mix together the powdered sugar and reserved lime juice. Put the glaze into a ziplock bag and cut a small opening in one corner. Drizzle the glaze over the cookie logs in strips going from each short end to the other, along the length of the cookie.


  • Place 2-3 pieces of the holly candy leaves and 3 berries on top of log. Let harden before serving.


* Note: These freeze well for up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Yule Log Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 190mg8%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2.4mg