Mandel Bread -- Traditional Jewish Holiday Cookies

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Recipe for Mandel Bread -- Traditional Jewish Holiday Cookies. These traditional holiday cookies are a favorite for Hanukkah.


  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees F.
  2. Beat eggs, add sugar and oil and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate dough for several hours or overnight. On heavily floured surface, shape into 3 narrow loaves. Bake on floured sheet for 20 - 25 minutes. Slice diagonally while hot. Place slices on greased and floured sheet and toast for 2 minutes per side at 450°F.
  3. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix into Creamed mixture just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and pecan pieces.
  4. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake one baking sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 11 to 3 minutes for crisp cookies. DO NOT OVER BAKE.
  5. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Cream butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat egg into Cream