Mandel Bread

Mandel Bread

September 22, 2017

Mandel Bread, or Mandelbrot remains an Old World favourite. This hip, biscotti-like cookie was brought to Eastern Europe by a large population of Jews who once lived in Piedmont, Italy. The name Mandelbrot descends from the German and Yiddish languages with “mandel” meaning almond, and “brot” meaning bread. Mandelbrot literally translates to Almond Toast. This recipe of Mandelbrot is dotted with chewy marzipan and modernized with crunchy cocoa nibs. Twice bake them for a crunchier cookie or bake them once for one that’s a little moister than its Italian counterpart. I like mine a little crunchier. Include Mandel Bread for your Rosh Hashana holiday meal. Share them with friends and family. Leave me your comments below.

This recipe comes from A Brown Table.

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Makes 30-40 mandel bread cookies
  • 3/4 cup 198-226 grams 7.8 ounces marzipan
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 3 1/4 cup 406 grams 14.3 ounces all-purpose bleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon 3/4 teaspoon 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup 198 grams 7 ounces white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup 198 grams 7 ounces flavourless oil (safflower or canola)
  • 3 3 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup 64 grams 2.25 ounces cocoa nibs or finely chopped dark chocolate
  • fleur de sel for sprinkling (optional)
  • pearl sugar for sprinkling (optional)



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  • Chop the marzipan into small pieces. In a small bowl, toss with the powdered sugar. Set aside.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on the marzipan.
Sprinkle powdered sugar on the marzipan.
  • Measure the cocoa nibs or chop finely chop the dark chocolate.
Cocoa nibs are from the shells of the cocoa bean.
Cocoa nibs are from the shells of the cocoa bean.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil. Set aside.
  • Set the eggs in the workspace.


  • Using a stand mixer, a handheld mixer or a strong arm, whisk together the sugar and oil until smooth and creamy.
  • Add one egg at a time, combining very well between each egg.
  • Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Mix to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients all at once. Stir slowly just until combined.
Mandel Bread dough.
Mandel Bread dough.
  • Mix the marzipan, cocoa nibs or the chopped chocolate just until combined.
Mandel Bread dough before it’s shaped.
Mandel Bread dough before it’s shaped.
  • At this point, it’s best to allow the dough to rest in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. This allows the moisture to even out and the flavours to settle.


Shape the cookie dough evenly to produce cookies all the same size.
Shape the cookie dough evenly to produce cookies all the same size.
  • Set each log on the tray about 3 inches apart. The logs will spread as they bake.
  • Sprinkle the tops with fleur de sel and pearl sugar.
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 20-25 minutes. The centers should be set and the bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 250F.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool. When the logs are easily handled and firm, remove them to a cutting board.
  • With a serrated knife, slice crosswise at a slight diagonal, about 1-inch slices.
Cut the baked log at an angle.
Cut the baked log at an angle.
  • Set the slices back on the tray either laying on their sides or standing up. I prefer to stand them, as this method toasts the cookie evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes more to desired crunchiness.


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