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Cinnamon-Sugared Chocolate and Orange Mandelbrot

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

1¾ hours 45 minutes active, plus cooling

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Mandelbrot, which means “almond bread” in both Yiddish and German, is a Jewish cookie similar to biscotti. It is baked as a loaf that is sliced, then the cookies are returned to the oven to crisp and dry. But because of the fat in the dough, mandlebrot has a richer flavor and more tender texture than biscotti. Almonds are the classic choice, and traditionally the cookies are quite plain, but these days spruced-up versions might include any nut along with dried fruit or pomegranate seeds and flavor accents such as espresso or citrus. Orange zest, along with vanilla and almond extract, adds fragrance, and chopped chocolate brings bittersweet notes. The final flourish is a coating of cinnamon sugar. Stored in an airtight container, these keep well for at least a week.

Makes about

4 dozen cookies


Don’t leave the chocolate in large chunks when chopping. Larger pieces won’t mix in well. Also, don’t remove the loaves from the baking sheet while hot. Give them 20 minutes to cool and set up so there’s less risk of breakage.

1¾ hours

45 minutes active, plus cooling


  • 1

    large egg, plus 2 large egg yolks

  • 1

    tablespoon vanilla extract


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Mark R.
December 30, 2023
Beautiful holiday cookies
These seemed very dicey after the first bake, as if they could fall apart at any moment. The chunky ingredients make the initial loaf unstable and the cookies break easily after slicing and before the second bake. I did not flip them because they were so fragile and they baked up fine. Not to worry though, the finished product is delectable, and quite sturdy. The cookies have a very good shelf life; they keep a good two weeks in a ziplock bag or similar container at room temperature.
Alice C.
March 3, 2024
A keeper
Delicious flavor and look pretty but I lost 25% of the first log due to crumble when slicing. I found a thicker slice prevented the cookie from breaking apart and then added cooking time to achieve the correct bite. Will make again!
Sara K.
December 21, 2023
added salt to the cinnamon sugar and love love loved it