I’ve been on a serious no-bake dessert kick lately, and boy, have I found some gems. Candies, cookies, nuts– they’ve all been easy to make and festive as can be. So when I came across the idea of a Pecan Log, I was immediately intrigued. They’re made with crushed cookies or sweet crackers, plenty of toasted pecans, and then held together with sweetened condensed milk. No baking, no stove top– just crushing, stirring, and chilling. Are you on board yet?
I used graham crackers for this recipe, but nilla wafers or any other slightly sweet cookie or cracker would do. You’ll want to crush the crackers into a sandy consistency, I find this is easiest done in a large ziplock bag. Mix the crushed crackers with your chopped pecans, and sprinkle in a little cinnamon and vanilla for extra flavor. The final ingredient is a can of sweetened condensed milk which will bind the mixture together. You may need to use your hands to work the dough together as it will be very thick!
Once the dough is a paste-like consistency, divide it in two portions and form them into log shapes. Cover them tightly in plastic wrap and pop them in the fridge for a few hours. Once the logs are good and chilled, slice them up and taste your beautiful creation. They’d be a great additional to a holiday dessert tray, but I understand if you want to keep them all to yourself!
Southern Pecan Log
15m prep time
- ~7 oz graham crackers (2 sleeves)
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 cups toasted pecans, chopped
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Place graham crackers in a large ziplock bag and crush until they reach a sand-like texture.
- Combine crushed crackers, milk, and toasted pecans in a large bowl and mix until evenly combined. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon. The mixture will be very thick, use your hands if necessary.
- On two pieces of plastic wrap, split the mixture into two even portions and form into log shapes.
- Wrap the plastic around the logs and seal tightly.
- Chill for at least 2 hours before slicing.
Recipe adapted from Southernbite.com