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Chocolate Salami is one of the easiest and the most delicious desserts to prepare during the holidays. It requires no cooking at all — just a few minutes of prepping and it stays fresh for months!

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Europeans are known for creating all sorts of savory homemade sausages. In fact, every year my family gathers around to make our signature Homemade Kielbasa Sausage Recipe. It’s the perfect way to save money and fill your backup freezer with a couple dozen sausages for a rainy day.

And my people’s love for sausage doesn’t just stop at the savory variety. During the holidays, my family huddles together and makes the perfect addition to any holiday tray — chocolate salami!

Yes, you read right. Chocolate salami is a meat-free log of sweet cocoa, crushed biscuits, nuts, and more. It’s dense, rich, and so delicious. In my rendition, I add in dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk) to make it that much more decadent.

Wondering where the heck this funky treat came from? Chocolate salami is a traditional Portuguese dessert that has gained popularity all around Europe. You’ll find it stocked in bakeries and sweet shops throughout the continent during the holidays.

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How to Make Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami surely looks impressive, but it’s actually super easy to make. In fact, my siblings and I used to gather around and make it ourselves since it requires no baking and is shaped easily like you’re playing with clay. Follow the steps below to create the perfect log:

  • If you don’t already have butter at room temperature, place some on the counter and allow to soften. Gather the rest of your ingredients.
  • Rough crush your biscuits into small pieces in a blender or food processor. Add in cacao powder and combine well.
  • Add butter, dulce de leche, and condensed milk. Mix to combine well. Add rough chopped pecans into the mixture.
  • Scoop a cup of the chocolate mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Shape into a log and wrap tightly.
  • Refrigerate salamis for a few hours or freeze it until they harden.
  • Dust with powdered sugar. Slice to serve or keep whole for your holiday tray.
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Storing Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami is the perfect prep-ahead dessert. Here’s how to store it:

  • Refrigerating: When kept wrapped tightly in plastic, chocolate salami will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. To keep it fresh for longer, slice of pieces as you go. This will keep the salami nice and moist.
  • Freezing: Freeze your salami for up to a couple of months wrapped tightly in plastic. Only dust it with powdered sugar right before serving.


What nuts are good in chocolate salami?

I love to use crushed pecans for this recipe. However, feel free to use your favorite nut or a combination of several. Pistachios, almonds, and cashews all work great.

What are the best cookies for chocolate salami?

Plain biscotti or any classic tea biscuit will work for this recipe. You don’t want too sweet a cookie since this chocolate salami is already packing some major sweetness.

Other Treats to Try:

Looking for other decadent sweets to add to your holiday dessert tray? Here are a couple other unique treats that will be sure to impress your friends and family:

  • Sweet Cheese Cookies – These adorable cookies are filled to the brim with sweet farmer’s cheese. The perfect balance of sweet and salty.
  • Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookies – Ducle de leche sandwiched between two sweet cookies. What more is there to say?
  • Kolaczki Recipe (Polish Cookies) – A classic Polish cookie filled with jam and dusted with powdered sugar.


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Chocolate Salami

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16 Servings

Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Recipe contributed by: Natalya Drozhzhin

Chocolate Salami is one of the easiest and the most delicious desserts to prepare during the holidays. It requires no cooking at all — just a few minutes of prepping and it stays fresh for months!


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  • Prepare all your ingredients for the chocolate salami. Make sure that your butter is at room temperature.

  • Using a blender or food processor, rough chop biscuit cookies into small pieces. Don't worry if there are little chunks left over, they will add to the character of the sausages. Add cacao powder and give a couple more pulses to combine.

  • Add butter, dulce de leche, and condensed milk. Mix to combine. Break pecans into smaller chunks and stir in.

  • Scoop out one cup of mixture onto a prepared plastic wrap or parchment paper. Shape into a log and wrap tightly.

  • Refrigerate sausages for a few hours or freeze until they harden.

  • Dust with powdered sugar before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Salami

Amount Per Serving

Calories 312 Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 9g45%

Cholesterol 36mg12%

Sodium 251mg10%

Potassium 133mg4%

Carbohydrates 26g9%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 10g11%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 366IU7%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 48mg5%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Posted November 18, 2020

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinOct 12, 2023

      Hi Lauren, Since it's a butter based dessert, I store it in the freezer or fridge. I wouldn't recommend storing it at room temperature for too long, because it will soften. Enjoy!

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    KristinaFeb 16, 2023

    Great recipe and so easy🙌🏼

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      Natalya DrozhzhinFeb 16, 2023

      Hi Kristina, I am thrilled that you love this recipe! Enjoy!

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    EileenDec 19, 2022

    Hi Natalya! Thank you for another great recipe. Turned out amazing!!!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinDec 19, 2022

      Hi Eileen, I am so delighted to hear that you love the recipe! Enjoy!

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    Sheila MunozNov 19, 2021

    What is the texture like? Are they supposed to be hard or chewy or soft? Can they be baked at all? Sorry about all the questions.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 20, 2021

      Not at all, Sheila! Thanks for reaching out. We always appreciate the questions. The texture is similar to fudge, but a bit firmer. I wouldn't recommend baking the log, as it will simply melt. Hope this helps!

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    AtenaFeb 13, 2021

    Looks yummy but what can I replace the dolce de leche with ?

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      EvaNov 19, 2021

      In our Portuguese recipe we use egg yolk instead of the condensed milk. I have tried with the condensed milk and found it abit too sweet. Your Salami looks delicious.

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        LaurieSep 22, 2022

        We just returned from Portugal and we fell in love with the salamé. Out of curiosity how do you substitute with egg yolks and is it OK that it not cooked?

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          Natalya DrozhzhinSep 22, 2022

          Hi Laurie- I don't normally add eggs or egg yolk to chocolate salami, so I don't have specific tips. I think you would have to use a double-boiler method for the butter and eggs though, and since the egg is warmed up it would be safe to eat. I hope you give my (non-egg) version a try though and love it! 😀

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        Natalya DrozhzhinNov 19, 2021

        Hi Eva, thank you for sharing that tip!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinFeb 14, 2021

      Hey, you can try Nutella or caramel but really there is no great replacement for dulce de leche.

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    Ashwini SayanakarDec 7, 2020

    Are these biscoff cookies? If not, Can I use biscoff for this? Thanks

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      Natalya DrozhzhinDec 8, 2020

      Hi, yes, I used biscoff and it works great!

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    KimberlyNov 19, 2020

    I've always wanted to try this and never have - it's time, this looks so delicious!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 19, 2020

      I am so excited for you! You will love it!

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    BethNov 19, 2020

    This looks so delicious and right up my husband's ally! I can't wait to give this a try!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 19, 2020

      Circle back and let me know how it goes!

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    StephanieNov 19, 2020

    Such a fun recipe! My family loved it!!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 19, 2020

      Yes, it's a great dessert for kids adults.

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    TinaNov 19, 2020

    Hi, just wondering how long can this dessert stay out of the fridge? Thanks

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 19, 2020

      Hey Tina, see our "Storing Chocolate Salami" section. Enjoy

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    NataliaNov 18, 2020

    Can you tell me some name of cookies? I don’t know any like the picture.

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      Violet RDec 24, 2022

      In Canada, we have "Social Tea" brand and "Rich Tea" brand (the latter by Peek Freans).

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 18, 2020

      Hey Natalia, plain biscotti or any classic tea biscuit will work for this recipe.

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    OlgaAug 27, 2019

    I was just looking to make this! Glad you shared this recipe!??

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      Natalya DrozhzhinAug 28, 2019

      Oh yum! Awesome! How did you like it?

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    NataJul 5, 2014

    Hi, Looks amazing but where do I get those cookies?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJul 6, 2014

      I purchased them at a local European market. You can use any sweet biscuit cookies from your local grocery store.

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    MilalilaApr 27, 2014

    Belive me. This isn't a common european dessert!

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      DanielaApr 13, 2021

      It is in Romania 🇷🇴 we love it with a little bit of rum essence 😊 yum yum 🤤😋

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      Natalya DrozhzhinApr 27, 2014

      Hey Milalila, I guess it depends on the part of Europe. If it's not very common, it should be because it's pretty darn good 😉

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    Lea's CookingMar 4, 2014

    Love this sweet kolbaska 🙂

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMar 4, 2014

      Lea, This dessert its easy to love because its so easy. 🙂

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    Olga GMar 2, 2014

    This is the first time I've heard of this dessert. Chocolate salami sounded interesting. I will have to give it a try. I'm sure it will give my kids a kick out of the look of it. I bet it's delicious. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMar 2, 2014

      Olga, my kids were confused 🙂 I think you would like it. Keep me posted how it goes for you!

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What is chocolate salami made of? ›

Chocolate salami is an Italian and Portuguese dessert made from cocoa, broken biscuits, butter and sometimes alcohol such as port wine or rum. The dessert became popular across Europe and elsewhere, often losing alcohol as an ingredient along the way. Cocoa, broken biscuits, butter, sometimes nuts.

Where did lazy cake originate? ›

Lazy cake is a traditional dessert popular throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Some believe that it originated in the Middle East, while others believe the origin is actually in East of Europe. Today, many different countries around the world make this wonderful cake and call it differently.

Where did chocolate salami originate? ›

Originating in Italy and Portugal, this crunchy treat has become a quintessential, iconic Italian dessert. In Bologna, Chocolate Salami is traditionally a sweet passover recipe, while in Emilia-Romagna, this dessert is popular during the Easter holiday.

What is the origin of chocolate salami? ›

Chocolate salami is a rather young (less than a century) Italian dessert, but its roots are both Italian and Portuguese. You'll find this unique treat on many Italian menus in Italy and served in homes when guests visit.

Why is it called buckle cake? ›

A buckle is a funny name for an old fashioned fruit studded coffee cake. Like many other desserts in the extended cobbler family buckles take their name from their appearance—grunts grunt as they cook, slumps slump when served, buckles—you guessed it—buckle.

How to make chocoprince? ›

Cooking Instructions
  1. Mix the biscuits with condensed milk until fairly blended.
  2. Sift the Cacao powder on top of the biscuits and slowly add the milk.
  3. Pour in the mixture into cling-film and spread as a role bar.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
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Why is it called lazy daisy cake? ›

In 1950, Quaker Oats created their own recipe to include in advertisem*nts. The word lazy is in the title because it was considered an easy and quick cake. Newspaper ad from the 1930s advertising Lazy Daisy Cakes.

What are the white balls on salami? ›

What is that white stuff on salami? The white coating on salami is a strain of mold called Penicillium nalgiovense. The name may sound like a disease, but don't worry; it serves an important purpose in the production of salami.

Why is salami so chewy? ›

Hard salami's high protein content, with less moisture and sometimes fat, makes it drier and firmer than Genoa salami, it also makes it a little chewy. Genoa salami has a high-fat content making it softer and greasier than other dry sausages.

Should I pan fry salami? ›

It's a simple but remarkable exercise in culinary transformation: Drop a slice of salami into a very hot pan and watch how its edges curl up like a rose petal. As the sweet, cured pork fat renders out, the meat begins to crisp and caramelize.

Can dogs eat salami? ›

While salami is not toxic to your dog, it contains an unsafe amount of sodium and fat. Over-consumption of salt or fat puts your dog at risk for salt poisoning, kidney damage, or pancreatitis. Salami may also contain seasonings that are toxic to your dog such as onion or garlic powder.

Is it OK to eat a lot of salami? ›

Although salami shouldn't be a staple in all your meals, you can still enjoy processed meats in moderation as part of a well-rounded diet.

What condiments go well with salami? ›

Salami with yogurt mayonnaise

This sauce is a light alternative to regular mayonnaise and goes perfectly with all the elements of salami. To create, simply combine Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.

What is salami meat made of? ›

Salami is traditionally made with pork meat, but some varieties may be made with beef, venison, poultry or other meats. The meat is blended with fat and then mixed with herbs and seasonings, such as salt, garlic or vinegar.

What part of the animal is salami made of? ›

The meat is ground and kneaded to achieve the desired texture, and then various spices are added according to specific recipes. In general, the cuts of pork used are the thigh, shoulder, loin, filet, belly and the succulent fat from the pig's jowls (guanciale). Salami are usually aged between 30 and 90 days—and beyond.

What is actually in salami? ›

Salami is…

A cured sausage made from fermented and/or air-dried meat. Traditionally Salami was made from pork although nowadays, it is made with all manner of meat or game – beef, lamb, duck, venison, even horse or donkey – or a mixture of any of the above.

What is sweet salami made of? ›

Known as salame dolce (literally translating as sweet salami) in Italian, it's typically made with biscuits, butter, eggs, chocolate and sometimes a little liqueur like rum.


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