Butterscotch yule log: A retro Christmas dessert recipe from the 60s

Butterscotch yule log recipe

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This simple dessert recipe from the sixties is basically like a nutty butterscotch fudge, formed into the shape of a log, with nuts pressed into the outside.

Rather than serving it in small squares like a traditional chocolate fudge, this rich and sweet homemade holiday treat is instead cut into slices before serving.

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Butterscotch yule log retro recipe

Butterscotch yule log retro recipe

Butterscotch yule log

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes


  • 1 cup Butterscotch-flavored morsels
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Slightly-beaten egg white*
  • 3/4 cup of pecan halves


  1. Melt morsels over hot (not boiling) water.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in milk and vanilla.
  3. Add chopped nuts, mix well.
  4. Chill until firm enough to handle (1-2 hours)
  5. Form into a 12-inch roll on waxed paper. Roll tightly in wax paper to shape evenly.
  6. Unroll and mark surface lengthwise with tines of fork to create decorative wood grain-like design.
  7. Brush the top with egg whites.*
  8. Press pecan halves into roll to completely cover surface.
  9. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  10. Cut in 1/2-inch slices with sharp knife. Makes about 2 dozen.


* This vintage recipe calls for uncooked egg, the use of which is now considered unsafe. To help hold the nuts to the surface, we suggest instead using warm water mixed with meringue powder or dried egg whites, or making a light glaze from powdered sugar and milk.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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