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not your bubbie's mandel bread

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Dina M
Richmond, BC

This recipe was handed down to me and I've made a few changes to make it my own. It is great with the chocolate chips (as described) however, in addition to chips, I've also been known to add a teaspoon or 2 of ancho chili powder or cayenne pepper (to taste of course) for a little added zip! What a combination chocolate and hot peppers are, the Aztecs were doing this years ago. Another great combo is almond slivers and cranberries but tree nut allergies in our house don't allow me to make that one very often~B'Shalom from my kitchen to yours.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Mandel bread (also known as mandelbrot) is similar to a biscotti but a little sweeter. This is a really simple and straightforward mandel bread recipe. Filled with chocolate chips and a hint of cinnamon flavor, the cookie is superb for dipping into hot chocolate, coffee or tea. But, they're just as yummy on their own. Traditionally, mandel bread is a little softer than biscotti. If you want it crunchier, we'd recommend cooking them for 10-12 minutes for the second baking.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For not your bubbie's mandel bread

  • 2 stick
    unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c
  • 3
    large eggs
  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg
    chocolate chips
  • cinnamon, mixed with sugar for dusting
  • optional: dash of chili powder or cayenne pepper

How To Make not your bubbie's mandel bread

  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
    Preheat oven to 350. Line a half sheet pan (or large cookie sheet) with parchment paper.
  • Butter and sugar in a bowl.
    In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Adding eggs one at a time.
    Add eggs one at a time making sure they get incorporated well.
  • Adding vanilla to the creamed butter.
    Add vanilla and continue to cream.
  • Scraping down the sides of the bowl.
    Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides.
  • Adding 1 cup of flour to the batter.
    Add 1 cup of the flour along with the baking powder and salt (here is where you would add chili powder if you want a kick). Continue to mix.
  • Adding remaining flour to the batter.
    Add the remaining 2 cups of flour one at a time to keep the batter light.
  • Folding in the chocolate chips.
    Finally, add the chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate chips just combined.
    Mix until just combined.
  • Batter divided into 3 balls.
    Dust your work space with flour and divide dough into 3 equal size balls.
  • Balls rolled into logs.
    One at a time, roll the balls into long loaves and place onto cookie sheet.
  • Slightly flattening the logs.
    Slightly flatten each loaf until it is the desired shape of the cookies you'd like.
  • Loaves dusted with cinnamon sugar.
    Dust each loaf with cinnamon sugar and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Baked cookies cut into slices.
    At the end of 20 minutes, take them from the oven and slice each loaf into 1/2" pieces.
  • Laying sliced cookies on a cookie sheet.
    Lie them on their side back on the cookie sheet.
  • Dusting cookies with additional cinnamon sugar.
    Dust again with cinnamon sugar and put them back in the oven until lightly crisp (about 6-7 minutes).
  • Tray of mandel bread out of the oven.
    Cool slightly. Enjoy with coffee, tea, milk, or whatever you like.