Chocolate Chip Almond Mandel Bread

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Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

Grab a cup of tea, because this is the cookie it was meant to hang out with!

The week should be winding down, which is good. My head is packed with to-do lists and tasks, and it’s always a good feeling when Friday evening hits and everything comes to a halt. No calls, no texts, no notifications. Just me and the fam!

When life gets crazy, cups of tea are important. Sometimes, I need a little more than just tea to calm down, and that’s where a good cookie companion comes into play. These Eastern European cookies are very similar to biscotti, but they’re built on a smaller scale and have a little more softness to them. The traditional version just contains nuts, but I added chocolate chips and a nice sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top. You can’t go wrong with that!

Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

As I write this, I’m halfway listening to my daughter’s tutoring session. She’s entering first grade, and I’m that crazy mom who wants to make sure that her math and reading are up to par before the school year starts. In case nobody told you, first grade is where things get serious. No more free play or downtime, except for recess. They drive those kids hard. And there’s not really a transition from the free and easy days of yore, so it can be quite a shock for the kids.

Not to mention the parents. I really dislike coming home from a day of teaching to, well, do it some more. I love teaching other people’s kids, but my own? Not so much. There’s too much emotion involved, and it mixes business with personal. Trying to be patient while teaching your own kid to master basic math can send anyone to the loony bin.

Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

So, for the sake of sanity, I hired a tutor. It’ll be easier on my daughter and easier on me, and she’ll be ready for all that homework. It seems like a good solution, even though when I was in first grade, I didn’t know what a tutor was. Times change and all that.

Since working is the opposite of winding down and Friday evenings only come once a week, I’m very into enforced chillaxing. That’s where a tea and cookie break comes into play!

Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

My favorite part of this recipe is that, aside from mixing up in one bowl, it’s also butter-free. In other words, it’s kind of on the healthier side. No objections from this quarter!

I hope you have a relaxing weekend free of all hard work. We all need some chillaxing!


Chocolate Chip Almond Mandel Bread


Mandel Bread
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oil and sugar until blended. Add the eggs and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the dough into two pieces and form two large logs, about two inches wide and several inches long. Place one log on each baking sheet.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the logs.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Slice into strips.
  7. Cool the mandel bread completely. They will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    A hot cup of tea and this treat sounds like the perfect way to unwind after a long day! This mandel bread looks fantastic, Mir! I love the crunchy texture and flavor. Definitely a nice companion for a hot drink! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      It’s definitely time for some unwinding with cookies and tea, Gayle!

  2. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    I’ve never heard of mandel bread until now, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to bake it up tonight since I’ve been so busy all week and haven’t baked in awhile! I can’t imagine what school is like these days for kids, I remember in first grade we started to actually learn to read. I’m sure 6 year-olds are doing calculus now and that definitely warrants a tutor haha. Cheers to the weekend, Mir! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Let me know how it turns out!

  3. ami@naivecookcooks

    Mir such gorgeous pictures!! Love chocolate chip anything!! 🙂

    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Ami. Me too!

  4. Wendy

    A cake meal version of chocolate chip mandel bread is what got my kids through the “deprivations” of Passover for years! 🙂 Eventually, I began to think of mandel bread as a Passover food. Thank you for reminding me that this delicious cookie can be enjoyed all year!
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    1. Mir

      We do the same on Passover, but it turns out they work out great during the year too, minus the meal! Better that way, I think…

  5. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    I always learn something from you, Mir…this time it was Mandel Bread! I am just like you in that there is nothing that calms my world like a cup of tea, so much so that I bought myself an extremely indulgent Breville tea maker to make it from the loose leaves. And now I have a new treat to make myself to go with it! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      That sounds amazing. I need a good tea maker!

  6. Cakespy

    One of my favorite types of cookies. These look perfect!
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    1. Mir

      Mine too, Jessie. Thanks!

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    We have a tutor this summer too. It’s just too hard to work with your own kids! I could eat a pound of this with my coffee!
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    1. Mir

      I can’t work with my kids. I’d just end up screaming. Tutors are much better!

  8. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    I’ve never heard of mandel bread before! Looks delicious!
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    1. Mir

      It’s good stuff. Try it out!

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