Eat Like a Local- Maltese Christmas Log recipe

24 December 2018

Spending your holidays in Malta during December means indulging in all the delectable Maltese Christmas treats. It’s a must! A staple in all Maltese kitchens during Christmas time is the beloved Maltese-style Christmas log, a heavenly festive dessert for all the chocoholics out there. Although it’s mainly a homemade delicacy, some Maltese restaurants and cafeterias will also be serving it, giving you the real taste of a Maltese Christmas. 

Maltese Christmas Log recipe

Image Copyright: A Maltese Mouthful

So, what makes our Christmas log different from the typical Yule log? Simple, our log is not a cake, in the sense that it’s not soft and made of sponge. Rather it resembles more the Italian or Portuguese dessert of chocolate salami and it is made of crushed biscuits, condensed milk and other delicious ingredients. 

It’s so good that chances are you’ll go back home still yearning for a bite (or two) of it. Fret not, as below we have prepared a recipe of the traditional Maltese Christmas log, allowing you to prepare it at the comfort of your home!

Maltese Christmas Log recipe


• 800g condensed milk 
• 2 packets tea biscuits
• 300 grams mixed chopped hazelnuts 
• 200 grams chopped candied cherries
• 100 grams chopped dates
• 100 grams chopped raisins
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons liqueur of choice (optional)
• ½ bar chocolate grated
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
• 1 tablespoon ground cloves
• One packet of cooking dark chocolate to cover the Christmas logs


1. Finely crush one packet of biscuits in a food processor.
2. Just roughly crush the other packet of biscuits by placing it in a tea towel and banging it on a table (or any hard surface).
3. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the condensed milk and the packet of cooking chocolate.
4. After, pour over the condensed milk and mix with all the other ingredients in the bowl with your hands.
5. Now divide the mixture into 5 parts and form each into a round cylindrical log shape.
6. Cover in cling film and place into the refrigerator overnight or at least twelve hours.
7. Remove from the refrigerator and cover with melted chocolate. Decorate as you wish or leave as is.
8. Wait until the chocolate has set and then, cut it into slices. 

Bonus: Serve with a glass of imbuljata tal-qastan; a traditional Maltese festive drink made of chestnut, tangerine zest, cloves and cocoa! 

Regardless of the time of year, taking ten minutes of your time to prepare this mouth-watering dessert will serve as a lovely reminder of that year you happily spent your Christmas holidays in Malta. 

Haven’t been on our island yet? What are you waiting for? Book flights to Malta now, and experience the Maltese charm for yourself!

Credits to ‘A Maltese Mouthful’ for this wonderful recipe.


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