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Ida's Mandelbrot

Ida's Mandelbrot

A tender-crisp, walnut-studded cookie (traditionally made with almonds, or mandel in Yiddish) adapted from a 1950s family recipe.

Serves 40

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 80 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 1 sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

Step 2

Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another large bowl, whisk eggs and 1 cup sugar until combined. Add oil and vanilla; whisk to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients and walnuts with a spoon until just combined.

Step 3

Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. With lightly oiled hands, divide the dough in half and spread it into two 3-by-12-inch-long logs on one of the prepared baking sheets. The logs of dough will be side by side and about 3/4 inch thick each. ("Don't potchke the dough.")

Step 4

Bake until lightly browned on the edges and beginning to firm, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool on the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. (Keep the oven on.) Slice each log into 1/2-inch-thick cookies; divide the cookies between the baking sheets, cut-side down, and sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Step 5

Move the racks to the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Bake the cookies for 5 minutes. Turn the cookies over, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture and bake for 5 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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