Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

Mandel bread! These are almond flavored biscotti-like cookies. They are super crunchy, but not dry. While you can dip them into a coffee or tea, you don’t have to as they can be eaten on their own.

When I was growing up, I used to make these with my mom around the holidays every year. We’d freeze what wasn’t eaten and I’d sneak into the kitchen late at night, take a piece from the freezer and eat it in my bed. I loved these cookies as a kid and still love them as an adult!

My favorite way to eat them is literally straight off the pan, but you can be nicer and share with your friends (if you want – shhh, I won’t tell)! Give these a try and let me know what you think!

Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

  • Servings: about 30 pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon and sugar, to top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat the eggs. Add sugar and mix. Then add oil and mix again. Add almond extract, vanilla extract and orange rind and mix Add flour, salt and baking powder. Gently stir in chocolate chips with a spatula.
  3. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, divide dough into 3 large mounds. Shape each mound into a long loaf. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture and bake for 30 minutes. Quickly remove from oven and slice each mound into half inch slices. Turn each slice on its side and bake 4-5 minutes. Turn each slice on other side and bake another 4-5 minutes (total baking time will be 38-40 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool before enjoying!img_2359_jpg

This is an original family recipe.

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