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My Grandmother's Mandelbrot Cookies

Updated on November 23, 2011

Gami knows everything! Especially food. The years of experience she had baking in the kitchen of her family's Catskills hotel, qualify her as an expert. So, when she met her friend Adele and felt that Adele's Mandelbrot was the best she ever had, trust me it was.

She has baked this recipe for at least 40 years and EVERYONE always begs for it. Now that she's 90, and not really cooking anymore, she's helped me learn how to make it and helped me prepare this for you.

Mandelbrot is like a cross between biscotti and a cookie. They're addictive! Enjoy!


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Ingredients

2 Oranges, rind only

1 Lemon, rind only

4 Eggs, Extra Large

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Oil

4 Cups All Purpose Flour

3 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Salt

1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla

1 Tsp Almond Extract

1/2 Cup Coconut

1 1/3 Cups Toasted Whole Almonds

1 Cup Chocolate Chips, Currants, or pieces of Candied Cherries (optional)

Sugar

Cinnamon


The ropes after they come out of the oven. Remove them immediately from the cookie sheet and let them cool for about 5 minutes before cutting.
The ropes after they come out of the oven. Remove them immediately from the cookie sheet and let them cool for about 5 minutes before cutting.
Cut on the diagonal and lay flat slices back onto cookie sheet.
Cut on the diagonal and lay flat slices back onto cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture and bake.
Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture and bake.

Instructions

1. In a mixer, beat together rinds, eggs, sugar and oil for 5 -10 minutes.



2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture.



3. Add vanilla, almond extract, coconut, almonds and chocolate chips (or whatever you decide to include). Chill overnight.



4. Preheat over to 325 degrees. Roll into ropes on floured board. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly brown.



5. While hot, cut into pieces on the diagonal.



6. Lay flat and sprinkle slices lightly with sugar and cinnamon. It's best if you combine sugar and cinnamon together first.



7. Place in oven and bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until crisp and golden.


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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      definitely bookmarking these for a future bake. I love biscotti and these look great!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Cindy. They are amazingly good.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      They look tasty and easy to make.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Looks yummy and definitely simple enough to make.

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      I have never had these, but I do like the recipe. I like the photograph of her slicing the cookies. I should be so lucky to have that skill of making cookies with the same size. Voted up!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks all! I like the photo of her slicing the cookies too. We should all be so lucky at 90 years old to be able to bake even if we get tired :)

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