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Mandel Bread (Mandelbrot)

Mandel Bread is an Eastern European Jewish cookie, not bread at all. It is twice-baked and is very much like its Italian cousin, Biscotti. My Grandma Bea used to make it and the chilly weather here in Chicago this past week reminded me of fall and winter days when we would sit in the house and make it together. Missing her so, I had to recreate that feeling; nostalgia was calling. The only thing is, her recipe was more like a “little bit of this and a little bit of that”! Luckily, my friend Cerise came to the rescue, sharing her grandmother’s recipe with me. I also found a wonderful recipe online and, with a few of my grandmother’s touches...

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