Best Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread Recipe

It's mid-afternoon and after a long day of work, you need a sweet snack to keep you going for the hours you've got left. That's when mandel bread comes in. This delicious recipe is perfect for all chocolate lovers who can never get enough of chocolate everything. Mandel bread gets its name from mandelbrot, which means almond bread in Yiddish and German (via ifood.tv). The beloved Jewish pastry is thought to be connected to Italian biscotti or Sephardic Jewish biscochadas dulces, according to nwitimes.com

While the preparation is fairly easy, the baking process can take a long time since you have to bake the bread twice. So this would be a great recipe to make when you have some hours to spare and are looking to unwind by baking. 

"These are best stored in an airtight container, and can definitely last at least a week if stored like that," said recipe developer Jessica Morone from Jess Loves Cooking. "They can also be frozen for up to two months after baking them, or you can freeze the dough for several months before baking them because this recipe does make a lot and not everyone wants them all baked at once." That can also reduce the time needed to make these twice-baked cookies.

Gather the ingredients

It's time to assemble your ingredients. Let's start with the dry ones: You will use flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, chocolate chips, and ground cinnamon. If you want to make this a gluten-free recipe, feel free to replace the all-purpose flour with the gluten-free flour of your choice. You can also opt to replace the chocolate chips with any chopped nuts or fruits you would rather use, Morone said.

As for the wet ingredients, you will need vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. Almond extract is optional if you want to add more of a nutty flavor to your recipe. Now, let's get down to cooking.

Mix all the ingredients to create a dough

You're going to start by mixing the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon in a bowl. Let it sit while you work with the other ingredients. 

In a separate bowl, cream together the vegetable oil, a cup of sugar, and the vanilla and almond extracts. Break the eggs into the bowl and blend until the batter starts to thicken. Pour the contents from the first bowl into the second one and continue mixing until it becomes a uniform dough. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and mix well until they are evenly spread throughout your batter.

Indulge yourself by taking a whiff of the cookie dough aroma, because you won't be smelling your finished cookies for a couple of hours. 

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for approximately one to two hours. The dough needs to be cold and firm. 

Shape your dough, slice it, and bake it

Now that the bread dough is ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F. While the oven heats up, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in two. You're going to shape each chunk into a long rectangle, about three to four inches wide, 12 inches long, and one inch thick. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and place one dough half onto each of them. Place the two baking sheets in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. 

Once each mandel bread has a light, golden brown color, remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, lower the oven heat to 250 F. You're going to use it again in a few minutes.

Slice the bread dough and bake it again

After the bread chunks have cooled down, cut them into one-inch-thick slices and place them on their sides back on the baking sheets. Now mix the remaining sugar and ground cinnamon to create cinnamon sugar and sprinkle it on the mandel bread slices. Flip them over and continue sprinkling so they're coated on both sides.

Return the baking sheets to the oven and bake the sliced mandel bread for 25 to 30 minutes again, until they look golden brown and crispy. After they cool down, they are ready to serve. 

"This goes with all hot drinks like tea and coffee, but because these aren't hard and dry like biscotti, you don't need to dip these in something hot like you would with one of those," Morone said. "You can just eat these by themselves, they are delicious."

Best Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread Recipe
4.9 from 8 ratings
We're not kidding when we say this is the best chocolate chip mandel bread recipe. These delicious, twice-baked cookies are perfect for chocolate lovers.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
50
minutes
Servings
28
slices
Mandel bread slices with chocolate chips
Total time: 70 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Optional Ingredients
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the vegetable oil, 1 cup sugar, and extracts.
  3. Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute until the mixture thickens slightly.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the batter and continue beating until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, until the dough is cold and firm.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper..
  7. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in two pieces.
  8. Shape each half into a long rectangle, about 3 to 4 inches wide, 12 inches long and 1 inch thick.
  9. Place each shaped dough half onto a prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake the dough in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until they are lightly golden brown.
  11. Remove the sheets from the oven and let them cool for at least 15 minutes.
  12. Lower the oven temperature to 250 F.
  13. Cut the mandel breads into 1-inch-thick slices and place each slide on its side back on the baking sheets.
  14. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  15. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the tops of the mandel bread slices, then flip them over and sprinkle the other sides.
  16. Return the baking sheets to the oven and bake the cookies for another 25 to 30 minutes, until the mandel bread is golden and crispy.
  17. Let the mandel breads cool, then serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 187
Total Fat 10.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 19.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 22.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 11.0 g
Sodium 63.2 mg
Protein 2.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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