Mandel Bread

Mandel Bread
Staff Writer

Allan Penn

Given Hanukkah’s shifting schedule, this date may or may not match up to the Festival of Light. However, I wanted to share this Jewish cookie recipe because it’s one of my favorites and the double bake time makes it perfect for baking on a cold December day. Mandel bread is similar to biscotti but easier on the teeth, as it has some oil to keep it from being too hard. And even though Mandelbrodt translates to "almond bread," it may be baked with different types of nuts. This one is made with toasted pecans and chopped chocolate.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a rack in the center. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Make the base: Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium-size bowl; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and foamy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce the mixer speed and add the oil. By hand or using the lowest speed of the mixer, stir in the flour mixture. When the flour is incorporated, stir in the pecans and chocolate.

Divide the batter into 4 equal-size portions. On the prepared baking sheet, shape each portion into a log about 5½-by-2½-inches, spacing the logs about 3½ inches apart to allow for spreading. The dough should be slightly sticky but not unmanageable. If the dough seems very sticky, place it in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.

Make the topping: Stir together the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the topping over the logs. Bake for 25 minutes. Let the logs cool on the pan for 30 minutes, or until you are ready for round 2 of baking.

When ready to bake again, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a serrated knife, cut crosswise slightly on the diagonal every ½ inch. Place cut side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are dry. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baker’s Note: Because the dough is often looser, it may be baked in a loaf pan.


Calories per serving:

124 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 7g 11%
  • Carbs 13g 4%
  • Saturated 1g 5%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Cholesterol 16mg 5%
  • Sodium 38mg 2%
  • Calcium 13mg 1%
  • Magnesium 8mg 2%
  • Potassium 34mg 1%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 37mg 5%
  • Vitamin A 7µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 6%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 4%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 1%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 19µg 5%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 0%
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