Mandel Bread (Mandelbrot)


September 24, 2010 by Dana

Today you are in for a treat.  Seriously.   Because today I am feeling generous.  I am sharing a family recipe with you… and you know that if a recipe has been handed down through several generations, it has to be good.  Get excited, people.

This particular recipe was my grandfather’s.  It’s one that whenever I taste, or even smell, I think of him right away.  He always had the ingredients on hand to make this treat at a moment’s notice.  Which is a good thing, because I absolutely insisted upon making Mandel Bread every time I visited.

For those of you that are wondering, Mandel Bread is not actually bread at all.  It’s basically the Jewish version of biscotti.  The batter is prepared as a loaf, baked, cut into individual slices, and baked again.

Eating warm Mandel Bread right out of the oven is definitely a perk of being one of the chosen people.   And even though I’m only half Jewish (does that make me half chosen?), I can eat my fair share of Mandel Bread, Matzoh Balls, and Potato Kuggel!


¾ cup sugar
¾ cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 oz chocolate chips
Cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling

The best thing about this recipe is that you can add in whatever you’d like to make it yours.  The ingredients above are my grandfather’s, but I omitted the nuts and added extra chocolate chips instead.  My aunt adds raisins to hers.  I’ve seen versions with almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and maraschino cherries… choose your favorites!


1.  Preheat oven to 325degrees (if you like less crunchy cookies) or 350 degrees (if you prefer crunchier ones).

2.  In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and oil.  Add eggs and mix well.

3.  To the liquid mixture, add flour, baking powder and vanilla and mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

4.  On two separate baking sheets, or one very large baking sheet, form the batter into 2 long loaves.  Make sure your hands are very wet so that the batter does not stick to you.

5. Bake loaves 30-40 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

6.  Remove from the heat, and cut into individual slices (about ½ to 1 inch wide).  Lay the slices flat on the cookie sheets.  Sprinkle slices with sugar and cinnamon and bake 5-10 more minutes.

The directions above may be short and to the point, but they produce one delicious treat!  (Believe it or not, I actually elaborated on my grandfather’s instructions.)  Try this recipe out today, whether you’re chosen, half chosen, or just hungry for something good!

20 thoughts on “Mandel Bread (Mandelbrot)

  1. Kocinera says:

    Oooh, this sounds delicious! I bet it’s great for dunking in some coffee. You’ve officially made me very hungry now. :D

  2. Looks delicious Dana! My neighbor has made this and I loved it. I think I will attempt it myself!

  3. RavieNomNoms says:

    Wow that bread looks delicious! I think I should try this soon, thanks for sharing!

  4. KeepItSweet says:

    i love mandel bread and also use an old family recipe:-)

  5. Looks really good! Is it crunchy like biscotti or soft like bread?

    • It’s a hard cookie like biscotti! If you like them super crunchy (like my mom and aunt) then cook it at the higher temp. The lower temp is still crunchy, just not quite “break your teeth hard” lol

  6. Monet says:

    Wonderful! I love being introduced to new food items that I haven’t heard of. This does look very similar to biscotti, and I’m sure it tastes just as delicious. I look forward to making some…and then dipping it in my tea!

  7. Great that you have this wonderful recipe passed down!

  8. I would love to eat this right out of the oven! Yum! I can smell it already!

  9. Victoria says:

    I’m not chosen, Dana :( But your Mandel Bread looks awesome!!

  10. Love the comparison to biscotti. Brought it off the screen for those of us who haven’t had a cool granddad to fix such good looking treats!

  11. Roxan says:

    Lol, I was looking at the list of ingredients and totally read ‘6 oz chocolate chips’ as ‘6 chocolate chips’. I thought, wow this is a really specific recipe! hahah… Thank you so much for sharing your family recipe with us, those are the best.

  12. Faith says:

    I LOVE family heirloom recipes like this, thanks for sharing! This looks amazing, I could go for a cup of coffee and a piece right now!

  13. YAY we both made it to round 2. To bad this is not an unknonw classic, it could have been a good post for the second challenge. But it does sound wonderful and nothing beats a recipe that brings back warm memories.

  14. This sounds delicious! I’ll have to try this!!

  15. Joanne says:

    Any recipe that’s been passed down for so many generations must be fantastic! Would it be weird if I added this to my Christmas cookie list??

  16. Beth says:

    Passed down recipes are the best. I bet these are delicious.

    Plan B

  17. These look delicious! I love family recipes, especially ones that remind me of a specific relative.

  18. Tes says:

    Those slices look amazing and sound yummy. The recipe look very easy, too. I will have to try this fantastic recipe, soon :)

  19. nutmegnanny says:

    Delicious! I made mandelbrot last year and I found it super tasty :)

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