Not Your Bubbie's Mandel Bread

Dina M


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.

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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


★★★★★ 2 votes

makes approx. 3 doz.
30 Min
30 Min


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a half sheet pan (or large cookie sheet) with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time making sure they get incorporated well.
  4. Add vanilla and continue to cream.
  5. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides.
  6. 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.
  7. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour one at a time to keep the batter light.
  8. Finally, add the chocolate chips.
  9. Mix until just combined.
  10. Dust your work space with flour and divide dough into 3 equal size balls.
  11. One at a time, roll the balls into long loaves and place onto cookie sheet.
  12. Slightly flatten each loaf until it is the desired shape of the cookies you'd like.
  13. Dust each loaf with cinnamon sugar and bake for 20 minutes.
  14. At the end of 20 minutes, take them from the oven and slice each loaf into 1/2" pieces.
  15. Lie them on their side back on the cookie sheet.
  16. Dust again with cinnamon sugar and put them back in the oven until lightly crisp (about 6-7 minutes).
  17. Cool slightly. Enjoy with coffee, tea, milk, or whatever you like.

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About Not Your Bubbie's Mandel Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Jewish
Collection: Holiday Baking
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom

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