Twice-Baked Cookies (Mandelbrot / Biscotti) Recipe

Twice-Bked Cookies
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Eastern European Jews call this twice-baked cookie mandelbrot, but every country has its version. Italians have biscotti, Brits and South Africans have rusks, and beschuits (zwiebacks) are popular in the Netherlands. This buttery recipe is perfect dunked in coffee.

Although it's not necessary, you can drizzle melted white and melted semisweet chocolate on the finished cookies. Store them tightly covered. They will keep for weeks.

Makes about 26 twice-baked cookies.

What You'll Need

  • Cookies:
  • 8 ounces room-temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • Drizzle:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

How to Make It

Make the Dough

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
     
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream 8 ounces room-temperature butter and 1 cup sugar. Beat in 3 large eggs, one at a time. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
     
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 taspoon salt, and add to creamed mixture. Stir in 1 cup slivered almonds.
     
  4. Place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to make it easier to handle. Divide dough in half. Wet hands very lightly. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, form each dough half into a 3-inch-by-11-inch log. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven. Increase temperature to 325 degrees.
     
  5. Using a long metal spatula, lift biscotti logs onto wire racks and cool completely. Place on cutting board and cut diagonally with serrated knife or ham slicer into 3/4-inch slices.
     
  6. Place pieces cut-side down on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes. Turn pieces over and bake 10 minutes longer. Cool completely on wire racks.

Make the Drizzle

  1. Melt semisweet chocolate and white chocolate separately in microwave. Using a fork, drip semisweet chocolate diagonally over cookies. Using a fork, drip white chocolate in the opposite direction over cookies.
     
  2. When chocolate is completely dry, store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

More Twice-Baked Cookie Recipes

  • Jewish Mandelbrot RecipeMandelbrot is Yiddish for "almond bread" and is actually a twice-baked cookie loved by Askenazi (Eastern European) Jews. Mandelbrot probably originated either from Italian biscotti or the Sephardic biscochadas dulces.
     
  • Polish Sesame and Poppy Seed Twice-Baked Cookies Recipe: I patterned these słodkie paluchy z sezamem i makiem (sweet sesame and poppy seed fingers) after Italian sesame-topped biscotti di regina.