Saturday, November 30, 2013

1st Cookies

Hi All-
Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend. I'm home again after spending a couple of really fun days with family in Missouri. After Thanksgiving my own mind usually turns to cookies.

I have so many wonderful memories of baking cookies with my mom, sisters, son, nieces...not to mention my daugher-in-law, Dawn and a ton of friends over the years.

As long as I can remember though my mom has been the maker of Mandel Brot -- these biscotti like cookies are her go to cookies -- loved by almost everyone who has ever tried them. I have watched her make them a million times, but never tried to bake them myself until today.

This year has been a hard one for her and she has been to tired to bake, so it was time to whip her up a batch and send them to her for a change.

It's a simple recipe that can be made up in more ways than one can think of but here's the basics:

Mandel Brot(bread)
from Lenora Rohm

set oven for 350 degrees
1 C sugar

3/4 C oil
3 eggs (added 1 at time)
3-1/2 C flour

1 T baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
cinnamon & sugar for dusting

Once mixed you'll want to divide the dough into 3 or 4 pieces and roll each into a long log.
 then bake the logs until they are just turning brown - 20-22 minutes
take the logs from oven slice and turn all the pieces over
place tray back into over for another 10-12 minutes
remove and shake on cinnamon/sugar mixture and enjoy!

This batch is now making it's way to mom!
does your family have a favorite for the season?


  1. I would love to try these. Sound easy enough. Isn't it wonderful when we can do for our moms like they used to do for us. Hope your mom gets some rest and feels better!

    1. thanks -- I think she'll enjoy opening that box... just like when we would get a box from her!

  2. How thoughtful you are! It's so fun to put a touch of holiday into a box and anticipate it's arrival (to say nothing of enjoying the fruits of your labors as you prepare them!!)

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. I look forward to a moment in the kitchen again.

    1. Hi Kara, I'm looking forward to more time in the kitchen this season... and always looking for new recipes-- this one is always a good one, so enjoy!