Chocolate Cookie Mocha Bûche de Noël


I probably shouldn’t have done this; opened the door wide when those little chocolate wafer cookies layered with whipped cream came a-knocking. Remember those logs made with chocolate cookies spread with whipped cream, then stuck in the fridge for hours until the previously crisp cookies softened to something sliceable? Genius. I turned one into an easy Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) by spiking whipped cream with sugar and instant coffee to add a log-ish hue, but to be perfectly honest the coffee cream was almost better scooped straight from the bowl with a chocolate wafer. There was a lot of moaning going on, let me tell you. I’m sorry I missed the boat on photographing the finished product; I dragged a fork along the surface and it looked exactly like a little log you’d throw on the fire. Only don’t.


Chocolate Cookie Mocha Bûche de Noël

Recipe link


December 22, 2009

  • Makes: Serves 8. (Or 2, if it’s just my sister and I.)


1 pkg. chocolate wafer cookies

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

2 Tbsp. sugar, divided

2 tsp. instant coffee or espresso, divided

chopped toasted hazelnuts and pistachios, for garnish (optional)


1In a medium bowl, beat half the whipping cream, half the sugar and half the coffee until stiff. Line a long plate with a piece of plastic wrap and spread about a teaspoon onto each cookie, stacking about 6 at a time; once they are assembled start gluing each stack together with more cream to make a log. Wrap the plastic wrap around it and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

2When you’re ready to serve it, whip the remaining cream, sugar and coffee and spread over the outside of the log, dragging the tines of a fork down the length of it to simulate a log. If you like, slice a piece off the end at an angle and set it on the side, then add the whipped cream, just like a traditional Bûche de Noël. Sprinkle with nuts, if you’re using them.

Makes: Serves 8. (Or 2, if it’s just my sister and I.)

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26 comments on “Chocolate Cookie Mocha Bûche de Noël

  1. robin
    December 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    i was just googling recipes for these cakes last night! thanks :O)

  2. Laurie
    December 23, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Oh, thank you, Julie! I grew up in the south pacific where Christmas is a mid-summer festival. The only Yule logs we ever knew were rolled chocolate cakes with meringue mushrooms. It wasn’t until I arrived in Canada that I realised Yule logs were supposed to be wooden logs that you burned (not a lot of fire lighting in the summer, except for the fire to heat the stones in the earth oven, and to bbq)
    This takes me back. We are going to have it this year, I’ve decided, instead of pumpkin pie.
    And thank you, too, for the easy version, which will be fun to make with my younger grandchildren.
    Have a truly happy and merry Christmas!!

  3. Manon from Ontario
    December 23, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Hello Julie!

    Your story about the log and the squirrels crack me right up this morning, thanks! I’m sure having had a bakery and all, you have plenty other funny “moments” to tell us about, don’t be shy, please share.

    About the second log, with the chocolate wafer cookies, do you just line up the entire pack, or am I missing something here?

    Have a great Christmas :)


  4. Jen T
    December 23, 2009 at 7:49 am

    The cake looks delicious! But I am not a coffee fan, so what would be a great addition to the filling of whipped cream – that can still roll up nice and go great with chocolate icing? Any suggestions…..

  5. Terri
    December 23, 2009 at 7:58 am

    OMG…that is just so funny. Those squirrels must have thought all their Christmases came at once! I am wondering about the long term effects of laughing that hard this early in the morning! (And W is as cute now as he was one year ago! )

  6. Carol SB
    December 23, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Oh, Manon– you EAT a bunch of them while you’re making it… so you couldn’t use the whole pack :)
    And I second your suggestion (*sits beside Manon, looking at Julie expectantly*)
    But speaking of squirrels… this also cracked me up; I can just picture their excited little faces! I’ll bet they hung around your yard for quite a few days after that. This year, for my (adult) daughter’s birthday, I planned to surprise her with Crave Cupcakes. At the time we were taking a class together, so I deviously emailed our instructor, and got her in on the plan. I dropped the cupcakes off at our instructor’s back door, on her patio table: she was to bring them along, for us all to enjoy during our break. When she came to class, she had only 8 of a dozen cupcakes, all nicely presented on a platter. I thought, fair enough, they are *crave* after all… but after class, she had a quiet word with me. The squirrels had discovered this amazing peanut outside her back door! Julie, you know how tough those plastic shell-type boxes are. Can you imagine? the little rotters just mangled their way through the bag and the top box (luckily they were stacked!) and got at the end cupcakes.
    Not quite, perhaps, as traumatic as the yule log: but I still feel your pain. (pun intended)

  7. thepinkpeppercorn
    December 23, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Oooh lovely! Certainly a great way to celebrate the holidays…in case anyone needed an excuse 😉

  8. Sue (London, ON)
    December 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Oh Julie! That squirrel story is hilarious!
    I love the sounds of the chocolate wafer cookie log but I, like Carol SB & Manon are not quite sure I get it! But I think I’ll make the other version for sure. Thanks, as always and have a Very Merry Christmas!

  9. Erica B.
    December 23, 2009 at 10:13 am

    OOh you’re evil hehe I have nabisco chocolate wafers left from making chocolate ganache sandwich cookies. Now I have to make a Bûche de Noël.

    For Manon and others… google icebox cakes – the base whether it’s a cake, log, wreath etc is all the same: cookies and whipping cream. Stack one with the other til you reach the desired size – this recipe breaks down each step (although I wouldn’t use a food processor to crush the candies they’d be dust in no time.):

    Merry Christmas All!

  10. Manon from Ontario
    December 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Hey thanks Erica, I found this link with procedure and pictures….enjoy gang.

    Have a Merry Christmas all :)


  11. Debbie
    December 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    That squirrel story is priceless. I always worry about this, as I often put baking sheets out on the back deck to freeze food during winter. Bunnies…

  12. Andrea
    December 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I LOVE the whip cream and chocolate wafer “cake”. In fact, much to my mom’s sheer joy, it was my birthday cake request for many years. She really thought she hit the jackpot for the “easiest cake ever”.

  13. Barb
    December 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I wish I would try to make a Yule Log one of these years but I never have. Mom used to make the chocolate wafer/whipped cream one once in a while and, as kids, we loved it. She never spiked the cream that I know of. That’s a really good idea.

  14. malithi
    December 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I made a yule log this weekend! by the way…if anyone is looking for a yule log recipe on epicurious, you won’t find any unless you search “buche de noel.” It took me a while to figure out why the entire epicurious database had no “yule log” recipes =P

  15. Anonymous
    December 24, 2009 at 5:24 am

    just made around 4 different Yule Log’s them for christmas… nice recipe..i did one with parline hazelnut with milk chocolate :)
    Nice blog!! :)
    Merry Christmas to All!!!

  16. Hélène
    December 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Robyn in Mountain (Ontario that is)
    December 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Julie, your stories are the best! And so are your recipes!! I love the coffee addition to the chocolate cookie log.
    Merry Christmas!

  18. ilovealbertabeets
    December 24, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    hey julie,

    I was given some of your sourdough starter as a Christmas party hostess gift, lol. I love that it is slowly oozing its way across the city.. so thanks for the Christmas present!


  19. Natalie (Georgia)
    December 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Merry Christmas! Hope you and yours have a great celebration. Made your recipe for hummus and naan. I make the hummus all the time, but first time for naan – yummy! Also had my mom make your sugar cookies after her’s called for a 100 lbs of butter (well almost). They were crunchier than usual, but oh so good. And I figure I can eat more since they are lower in fat!

  20. Lucy
    December 26, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Merry Christmas! That log looks absolutely delectable (for people as well as squirrels :) )!! Taking a non-traditional path, my family ended up eating berry crumble and playing poker on Christmas, good times :)

  21. Sarah G
    December 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Jelly roll was one of the first things we made in my high school home ec class. It is only a slight deviation to make a Yule Log. I haven’t made one since!

  22. Logan
    December 29, 2009 at 9:20 am

    This yule log looks delicious! We bought one (gasp!) around Christmas and it was quite dissapointing. I will have to try this, even though Christmas has passed. Thanks!!

  23. Ashley
    January 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Hahaha love the squirrel/cake story!! The yule log looks so yummy.

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