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Chocolate-Drizzled Mandelbrot

Yield 24 servings (serving size: 1 mandelbrot)
Mandelbrot are crunchy cookies similar to Italian biscotti. They always contain almonds ("mandelbrot" means "almond bread" in German); we add dried cherries and a drizzle of chocolate. Butter makes the cookies extra crunchy. You can bake and decorate the mandelbrot several days in advance; store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 7 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon light-colored corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon water

Nutrition Information

  • calories 117
  • caloriesfromfat 32 %
  • fat 4.1 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 1.1 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 2.1 g
  • carbohydrate 17.7 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 23 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 74 mg
  • calcium 27 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

  3. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat until combined. Stir in cherries and almonds.

  4. Shape dough into 2 (9-inch-long) rolls. Place rolls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper; pat to 1-inch thickness. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until rolls are golden. Cool on baking sheet 10 minutes.

  5. Cut each roll diagonally into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Place, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes. Turn the cookies over, and bake an additional 10 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on a wire rack.

  6. Combine chocolate chips, corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Microwave at HIGH 10 seconds at a time until nearly melted; stir until smooth. Spoon chocolate mixture into a small zip-top plastic bag; seal. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Drizzle chocolate over cookies.