Monday, November 29, 2021


The first week of Advent has begun, and I'm having some Mandelbrot cookies.

Would you care to join me?  I'm also having a cup of Constant Comment tea, one of my very favorites, and in this pretty teacup that my daughter gave me.  

My dear friend Joy and I,  bought each other these cute little light up chalets two years ago. 

My son Mike and I watched Bailey, my son and DIL's dog while they were on vacation. 

Three years ago I started making these Mandelbrot cookies for my DIL, Julie, who celebrates  Hanukkah. They are similar to biscotti, but are the Eastern European version, and not as hard in texture.  They are wonderful for dunking into a cup of tea or coffee. 

Yield: 48-56 cookies
Author: Kitty, but adapted from King Arthur Baking


These are the Eastern European version of biscotti. King Arthur Baking made theirs with chocolate chips and walnuts, and I went the classic route...Mandel=almond; brot=bread


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sliced almonds, chopped
  • coarse sparkling sugar


  1. Beat together the eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and salt at medium-high speed until thickened and light colored; about 5 minutes.
  2. Beat in the flour and baking powder.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chips and the almonds. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours, or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease, or line with parchment paper, two baking sheets.
  5. Divide the dough into four even pieces, about 13 ounces each if you have a scale.
  6. Working with one piece at a time, place the dough on the prepared baking sheet, and shape it into an 8" x 2" log. Repeat for each piece of dough, leaving at least 2" between them, putting two logs on each baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle the logs heavily with coarse white sparkling sugar.
  8. Bake the logs for 28-30 minutes, until they're set and beginning to brown on the edges and sides, but not all over. Remove them from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  9. Spritz the logs lightly with water; this will make them easier to cut. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Cut each log into 1/2"-3/4". You can cut them on the diagonal or crosswise. I used my bench scraper to do this.
  11. Place the pieces on edge, quite close together on the baking sheets, and return them to the oven.
  12. Bake for an additional 35-45 minutes, until a cookie feels baked through when you pinch it between your fingers.
  13. Remove from the oven, and cool the mandelbrot right on the baking sheets. The cookies become crunchier as they cool.


You can vary the add-ins, by using pistachios and dried cranberries: butterscotch and pecans; walnuts in place of the almonds.

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. Your Advent tablescape is lovely, Kitty. The teacup is gorgeous. Love the poinsettia flowers; they are so striking. Bailey is a sweet pup. Lovely photo of Mike holding him. A piece of Mandelbrot dunked in some Constant Comment tea sounds like a delicious treat.

  2. I've never heard of this cookie Kitty, it sounds great! Happy Holiday Season-enjoy:@)

  3. Your Mandelbrot cookies look delicious Kitty! I think I would prefer their texture over biscotti too. :) Love your sweet chalet and pretty poinsettia teacup! Adorable photo of Mike and Bailey! Happy Monday ♥

  4. They look so good. I am sure that Julie enjoys them very much. That little chalet is darling and so is Bailey.

  5. Oh what a gorgeous teacup! The cookies look wonderful! Such a lovely gesture to make for your dil. πŸ’œThanks for sharing this recipe. XO

  6. I have never heard of this cookie before but they sound lovely! Hubby enjoys dipping his cookie into his beverage. Love your teacup, and it's nice to see a picture of Mike and the pup. Have a wonderful week and enjoy the beauty of this upcoming season, Kitty! xo

  7. This sounds delicious on this cold mountain morning! I am getting ready to have some coffee and would love one to dunk in it! I hope all is well with you, my friend. Sending love and hugs your way!

  8. I have a very similar chalet! A gift from a blogging friend. I love that beautiful poinsettia cup and saucer and the mandelbrot sounds delicious! What a cute little pup you got to dog sit for. Is it a poodle mix?

  9. I have never heard of mandelbrot cookies but they look tasty.

  10. I have never heard of Mandelbrot cookies, they look delicious.
    I like your little chalet and that teacup/saucer is perfect for the season.

    All the best Jan

  11. Lovely teacup from your daughter and it is so pretty to use enjoying a winter scene and Christmas tea. I think I would love the Mandelbrot, especially if it's not as hard as biscottis. Thanks for the recipe and hope you have a wonderful week Kitty.

  12. What a beautiful Advent tablesetting, Kitty. The Mandelbrot sounds so good, and if it's not as hard as biscotti, that's a good thing! Have a great week.

  13. I'd love to join you for a cup of Constant Comment tea and yummy Mandelbrot cookies!

    What a lovely teacup from your teacups are so hard to find these days!

  14. P.S. The little chalet is adorable!

  15. Love seeing your I holiday tea items come out, Kitty! I pulled mine out too, and love drinking tea in winter. What a thoughtful sweet you baked with your dil in mind! Sounds good!

  16. You always create the cutest vignettes Kitty! This holiday one is so pretty and the chalet is adorable! The Mandelbrot sounds wonderful, another tasty sweet treat from your kitchen! Such a cute pic of Mike and your granddog!

  17. When I saw the title of your post in my sidebar, I wondered what Mandelbrot is! I know your DIL appreciated it. It looks delicious, and I think I would like that it isn't as hard as biscotti. Cute, cute teacup and chalet, and it's nice to see what Mike looks like! :D Cute photo of him and your grandpup.

  18. Well first of all, I adore that beautiful tea cup. So very pretty. That biscotti looks sooooo good! Your grandpup looks like our grandpup Bo. I just baby sat him a few weeks ago. He is an old soul and just does his thing. I think that is why he and I get along so well. LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  19. Your cookies look delicious. I had not heard to them either.
    I pulled out my Christmas mugs and cups today also.

  20. Cute pup! Thanks for the recipe...I printed a copy!
    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  21. I love the cute chalet, tea cup, the dog, and the cookies. I've never heard of the mandelbrot cookies but they sound wonderful. I hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  22. How lovely this post is. i have never heard of Mandelbrot. They look and sound delicious. Something to dunk in my coffee. Such a pretty teacup Kitty. I love the sweet chalet. I have seen quite a few of those designs around this year. The pup is so cute, lots of doggie kisses. Happy holidays Kitty.

  23. I've never heard of Mandelbrot cookies but I know I would enjoy them since I love Biscotti. Love seeing your grand pup! I hope you have a lovely December and a Merry and Blessed Christmas Kitty.

  24. Mandelbrot cookies look delicious! Gorgeous teacup and adorable red crochet tea cozy,unique! Your table is charming as ever. Hugs and blessings.

  25. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 565. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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