Lincoln Log Cabin Sandwiches

What do you do to celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday or President’s Day? Hit the sales? Ignore it? I have always wanted to do something a bit more special.

In fact, this is what I have wanted to do: celebrate with Lincoln Log Cabin Sandwiches.

The picture in the book (Better Cooking Library-Sandwich and Party Snack Cookbook, 1964) always appealed to me:

Cute? Right!
Alternating chicken salad and a deviled ham salad sandwich “logs” didn’t sound half bad either. On Sunday, I had a kitchen helper who volunteered to help out despite looking askance at the recipe.

About the recipe–it tasted fine (at least to the adults in the house who like both chicken salad and deviled ham.) However, you can use any sandwich filling recipe you would like.

Lincoln “Log Cabin” Sandwiches

16 slices of bread, dark or light

1 4 1/2 oz can deviled ham
2 3 oz package cream cheese
2 tablespoons chopped olives

Blend ham, cream cheese and olives together. Spread on four slices of bread and top with 4 more slices of bread.

1 6-oz can boned chicken
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped celery

Mix the chicken, mayonnaise and celery. I would add a bit of pepper to it. Repeat the spread on 4 slices of bread and topping with 4 more slices of bread.

Cut each sandwich into 4 strips or “logs.” Build log cabin with sandwich strips. Make a roof with a folded piece of cardboard or bread. Top with tiny American flag. We were fresh out of those and well, Lincoln wouldn’t have had a modern flag–if any–on his cabin. Serve on individual plates, surrounded by “grass” made of parsley or chicory. Makes 4 log cabins.

Here is what ours looked like–keep in mind the bread was a bit soft and my kitchen helper doesn’t have amazing knife or crafting skills.


  1. I had a kids’ cookbook as a child with Lincoln log cabins. You made them out of sliced French toast “logs sliced, stacked and smothered in syrup. Yum!

  2. Oh Shoot. Now it’s too late for me to let my kids tear up my kitchen to do this. I guess there’s always next year πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    This is so cute πŸ™‚

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