Jewish Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.


12 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This traditional Jewish mandel bread recipe has been passed down in my family for four generations. It tastes wonderful with a cup of coffee, hot cocoa or milk. —Monica Schnapp, Irvine, California


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat oil and 1/2 cup sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into oil mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Shape dough into a 12x3-in. rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool on pan on a wire rack until firm, 10-12 minutes.
  3. Transfer baked rectangle to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut crosswise into 1-in. slices. Place on baking sheet, cut side down. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. Bake until golden brown, 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Store between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container.

Mandel Bread Tips

What is the difference between mandel bread and biscotti?

While mandel bread and biscotti are both twice-baked cookies, there are a few differences between them. Mandel bread, also known as mandelbrot, is usually a bit softer and richer than biscotti because it uses more oil and eggs. (If you want to make biscotti, these biscotti recipes won't disappoint!)

How long does homemade mandel bread last?

Homemade mandel bread lasts for up to two weeks when stored in an airtight cookie storage container at room temperature. Make sure to follow our other cookie storage tips, too.

What mandel bread variations can I try?

There are plenty of mandel bread variations you can make. We recommend swapping chocolate chips for raisins, white chocolate chips or nuts. You can also switch things up with these other Jewish desserts.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 84 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.