Yield
24 servings (serving size: 1 mandelbrot)

Mandelbrot are crunchy cookies similar to Italian biscotti. They always contain almonds ("mandelbrot" means "almond bread" in German); we add dried cherries and a drizzle of chocolate. Butter makes the cookies extra crunchy. You can bake and decorate the mandelbrot several days in advance; store at room temperature in an airtight container.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 2

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3

Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat until combined. Stir in cherries and almonds.

Step 4

Shape dough into 2 (9-inch-long) rolls. Place rolls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper; pat to 1-inch thickness. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until rolls are golden. Cool on baking sheet 10 minutes.

Step 5

Cut each roll diagonally into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Place, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes. Turn the cookies over, and bake an additional 10 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 6

Combine chocolate chips, corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Microwave at HIGH 10 seconds at a time until nearly melted; stir until smooth. Spoon chocolate mixture into a small zip-top plastic bag; seal. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Drizzle chocolate over cookies.

Ratings & Reviews

Beeza1324's Review

dtchicago
January 02, 2010
This was my first time making a biscotti type cookie. I made it for the holidays, and they ended up being so good that I made numerous batches throughout the holiday season. I will definately be making these again next year.

dtchicago's Review

Beeza1324
December 08, 2009
Pretty good recipe. I used craisins instead of dried cherries. It was easy to make and the biscotti look pretty enough to give as a gift.