Aunt Millie's Graham Cracker Nut Roll is an easy and unique no-bake dessert made with just 5 ingredients.
A Family Favorite Dessert
My Aunt Millie's Graham Cracker Nut Roll is a staple around the holidays. If my aunt is not making it, then my sister is, or my oldest son Joshua. We all love it and I can't imagine not having it around this time of year.
A little background... when I was a little girl, I spent lots of time with my Aunt Millie. I was a flower girl in her wedding, then I used to babysit her daughters and go on trips with her and I even worked with her one summer.
She's special to me... always has been and always will be. And this recipe of hers? It's pretty special too!
Aunt Millie's Nut Roll
Before any of my family sees this and wonders about the title... I should note that we we really call it "Aunt Millie's Nut Roll", but I thought adding in the "Graham Cracker" part would be a little more descriptive for the sake of all the search engines and internet bots that crawl around categorizing stuff online.
So if you're in my family and wondering... I didn't alter the recipe at all.. just the title a little bit!
We actually look for excuses to make the recipe any time of year, but especially for a Thanksgiving get-together or Christmas party... or if you make candies as gifts, give this one a try!
I don't know where Aunt Millie got this recipe... I should've asked her! It's a unique recipe and I honestly can't remember ever seeing it anything like it anywhere else - online or otherwise. (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong and it's a famous recipe that everybody know about, right?)
Graham Cracker Nut Roll Ingredients
You'll only need a few things for this recipe, and most of them are staples in any baker's house. The ingredients are graham cracker crumbs, butter, marshmallows, pecans and powdered sugar.
You just melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave - then stir in the graham cracker crumbs and nuts and mush it all together until you get a big ball of gooey goodness...
Then you form a log (or two or three is better) and roll it in powdered sugar. Once it's set, slice it up and serve... perfection!
Here's the printable recipe... I hope you'll give this a try and love it as much as we do!!Print
Aunt Millie's Graham Cracker Nut Roll
- Yield: 30 1x
Aunt Millie's Graham Cracker Nut Roll is an easy and unique no-bake dessert made with just 5 ingredients.
- 16 ounces of miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup (2 sticks) of salted butter, cubed
- 16 ounces honey graham cracker crumbs or crushed honey graham crackers
- 2 cups of chopped pecans
- ½ - 1 cup of powdered sugar
- Put the marshmallows and cubed butter into a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes, until completely melted and smooth (it'll look just like the melted mixture in my homemade fondant.)
- Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and pecans. Mix together with buttered hands until it's thoroughly combined. It's gonna be sticky, but shape it into two or three balls as best you can.
- On a smooth surface (I like to use a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan) spread out your powdered sugar.
- Dump the balls onto the coated surface and begin shaping into logs, about two inches in diameter. Keep rolling and shaping until the logs are well coated, then roll them up in wax paper.
- Allow them to sit and rest until they cool and firm up. You can also stick them in the fridge to speed this up. If you're not going to be eating them right away, tape up the loose edges of the wax paper to keep them sealed and fresh.
- If you want to eat them sooner, just go ahead and slice them up! It'll squish down a little as you slice, but don't let that bother you!
- Category: Dessert
Keywords: nut roll, no bake, candy
I've never had a dessert like this! But all the ingredients sound amazing! 🙂 This will have to be on my "to make" list! 🙂
Oh, I hope you do and please let me know what you think!!
well, you had me from "millie"!!! :):)
gotta be great......
Does this get crunchy when sliced or is it a soft roll?
It's chewy - not crunchy at all!
Can these be made and frozen until ready to use?
It sounds like a giant rice Kirsty square? Sometimes the simple thing are just the best. After I saw the recipe and the finished product my mind has gone AWOL with ideas for decorating the log , drizzled ed white or dark chocolate , a sprig of Holly !, oh Than You Rose
I love making my fancy cakes but this also bright to mind another fav and simple dessert , does anyone remember the Christie chocolate logs with the wafers and fresh cream ?
Oh I love your ideas to decorate them!! <3
I just opened my email and am already in the kitchen getting my ingredients together! Sounds amazing! Marshmallow and pecans!!!! And i have a box of the new vanilla graham crackers. I may have to cut it in half though because I simply dont wamt to go out in this wind for another box
YAY!! This made me smile BIG 🙂 I hope you love it as much as we do!! Happy Thanksgiving!
Adding this to the holiday menu! I think you're right, I've never seen a recipe like this and it's right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!
This looks amazing!! Can't go wrong with those ingredients!! I'm going to make these this week! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Happy thanksgiving!!❤️
Thanks Mary - I hope you love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
I made these today for Thanksgiving and my family loved them , they couldn't get enough. Thanks for sharing the recipe and my thanks to Aunt Millie. We now have a new holiday favorite.
Marlene - you have no idea how happy this makes me!! I love it that other families are enjoying this recipe!
Sounds like just what I was looking for. Something different but not too
sweet. And not choc (don't hate me, I am not a chocolate fan) Will make tomorrow, cant wait...might try just a touch of cinnamon. Hope to add to traditional christmas goodies. Thanks so much for sharing.
Any idea of a yield or number of servings for this treat?
Oh gosh - too many factors to consider? Probably 30-40 slices total for the size I do them? It depends on how big around you make your rolls, how thick you slice it and how many slices you consider a serving?!
How many graham crackers does a pound work out to?
A box used to be a pound, but as with all things, it's shrunk and I think now it's 14-15 ounces in a box? So a box, plus a few extra. I have a scale that I use to measure them out but it's been awhile and I don't remember exactly off the top of my head. THe good thing is, this recipe doesn't require super precision.
Measurement wise, how many cups equals a pound of the crumbs?
Approximately 4 cups (maybe a smidge less).
We have a similar one in my family, but we use condensed milk to stick the graham cracker together and keep the mini marshmallows whole! I don’t know where the recipe came from but we call it “refrigerator roll” which ppl not in the know have definitely made fun of! This version sounds delicious I’ll have to make it!!
I think I did a lot of things wrong. Would it be possible to update your recipe to say how many ounces of marshmallows and what size of box of Graham crackers? I also bought chopped pecans, but I should have like pulverized them instead I think. These "rolls" I made just fell apart immediately. Complete waste of $. I'm sure I messed it up, but I'm not an experienced baker.
Both of those ingredients are listed as 1 lb. or 16 ounces. I don't use pulverized - I use chopped. I have videos of me making them if you think that might help.
Hi rose where can I find your video on how to make the graham cracker nut roll?
Thank you for your help
I don't have a video tutorial for this recipe.
I was looking for the name of this recipe that my family makes every year and came across your page! We do the same idea but we add raisins and haven’t done the powdered sugar but will have to try that! Thanks for sharing!
That's so interesting - love it!
I your recipe in 2017 . Made it and fell in love. My entire family thinks it's just the best. Make it every holiday and sometimes in between. Thanks for sharing and I truly love this.
This makes me SO happy!! Merry Christmas!
Rose, I have been looking for this recipe for years. My mother made these every Christmas when I was a child in the early 1950's. I think it was a popular post war favorite. After she passed away it was a recipe I could not find in her recipe box or books.
It was my favorite holiday cookie and left me with so many childhood memories. So today, Christmas Day 2020, I did another search and found this! It's made my day and definitely a gift! I'm very anxious to make them! Thank you!
That's amazing to hear Linda! What did your mother call it? I've heard a few different names.
Have been looking for Grandpa Hamby's Graham Cracker Cake recipe everywhere and can't find it. So Glad you change the name of your so it would pop for me. Ours called for condensed milk as well, but when my sister tried it... well it was not the same. We will now try yours and hope for the best. I'm pretty sure it was Grandpa's and Daddy strong hands doing the mixing that made it the best!! thanks for the post.
Donna in Kentucky
I found your recipe 3 years ago & it is now my Christmas favorite. Thanks so much for sharing it.
You just made my day! Merry Christmas!!
My mother passed along this recipe to me years ago and my kids and grandkids love it. They beg me for it every year for Christmas. However she used 1 can of condensed milk instead of the butter and marshmallows. I will have to try it this way as well. Merry Christmas and thank you for keeping the recipes from my childhood alive.
Awww, wow! Now I want to try it with condensed milk! Merry Christmas Steve!
I made these yesterday and overall, they are a winner. I did google other recipes and found some variations, but in the end I stuck with yours. I did add both cinnamon and vanilla because everything tastes better with vanilla. I'm glad I did. The cookies have an interesting texture, somewhat similar to RCT, probably because of the marshmallows. I liked that they aren't sickeningly sweet because we have enough of those recipes elsewhere. I love the pecan flavor. Next time I might add some chopped dates, dried cherries or possibly some chocolate chips. I gave it 4 stars because I felt it needed the vanilla and cinnamon. Great recipe and will make again.
My mother made this recipe every Christmas until she passed ~ I love seeing others enjoy it as well ~ she called them Pecan Logs
Beverly H. Griffin
Hello Rose for years my Grandmother and Aunt made so many different things and my Mom. They are no longer here and I miss what they use to make. Lately I have been thinking about the things they made. I found the recipe for my Aunt's cake, Cheese straws and cheese biscuits with pecans. So I have started making them. I also make my mom's sweet potato pie. I have been trying my best to find something that my Grandmother made when I was little. I remember it being Graham crackers and her rolling it in powdered sugar. I never saw her make it. Tonight I thought about trying to find it. And I did!! Thank you so much. I am going to try and make it.