Chai Birch Logs

Chai Birch Logs

Delicately spiced butter cookies are a welcome addition to a holiday cookie tray.

55 min.prep time 2:25total time
4 dozen cookies
444 Ratings

Ingredients

Cookie

1 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant unsweetened tea powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice*
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Topping

6 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
1/2 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine butter, sugar and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat until well mixed. (Mixture will be crumbly.)

Divide mixture into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into 12-inch rope on lightly floured surface. Cut rope into 2-inch logs. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool 15 minutes.

Place candy coating in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Frost tops and sides of logs; place onto waxed paper. Let stand until set (15 minutes).

Place chocolate chips and oil in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Dip fork into melted chocolate, drizzling chocolate crosswise over logs. Let stand until set (about 45 minutes).

*Substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

Recipe Tip

Don’t worry about making even lines of chocolate over the logs as natural birch bark has thick and thin lines that are black in color.

Recipe Tip:
A small offset spatula is inexpensive and works great for spreading the coating over the cookies.

Nutrition Facts (cookie)

Calories: 100

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 35mg

Carbohydrates: 11g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14271©2008Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

these are one of my favorites!!!
I make these every year at Christmastime and love them! They look great on the cookie plate and are so light and buttery with a subtle chai/spice flavor. The birch lines are all in the wrist. I swing the fork like a pendulum over a row of cookies. My favorite final touch to the birch logs.
Very nice new flavor for a cookie tray. Was very popular at my office! Will be a definite keeper in the Christmas cookie repertoire.
Boy is this one easy! Plus it’s a nice change from all of the other favorites out there.

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