Dark Chocolate Orange Mandel Bread

November 27, 2011

Author Notes: My Bubbe always had some of her mandel bread around when the kindelah visited, though to be honest it was never as popular as her apple cake. Sort of like a Jewish biscotti, they are a little hard, and filled with orange marmalade so never a kid’s favorite treat. Well I modernized mine up a bit with Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream and then I dipped them in dark chocolate. Yum! The yogurt softened the cookies up, and the chocolate is just perfect with the orange flavorsWhat Jew Wanna Eat

Makes: 24


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • marmalade
  • cinnamon
  • walnuts- finely chopped
  • 1 bag dark chocolate chips
  • zest of 1 orange
In This Recipe


  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add Greek yogurt and egg. Then add in baking powder, baking soda and flour.
  3. Roll your dough into 4 balls and chill 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Flatten each ball with hands until you make a circle about 1/4" thick. Spread with marmalade, then sprinkle with walnuts and cinnamon.
  6. Roll jelly roll style and place seam down and greased cookie sheet. Repeat with other balls.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown. Cool mandel bread slightly and slice 1/2 inch think pieces. Continue to bake at 375 on each side until crispy.
  8. Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Add in orange zest. Dip ends of mandel bread into chocolate. Let dry on parchment paper.

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