Passover Mandelbread  or Drop Cookies With Chocolate Chips

Although Passover is over, I still want to share some of the recipes that I made over the holiday. This way, I can keep track for next year.

This year, for the very first time, I experimented with making kosher for Passover mandelbread with chocolate chips. I also used the dough to make drop cookies as well. 

Mandelbread is a very traditional Jewish cookie similar to biscotti that I make during the year.

As I have shared, one of the culinary challenges of Passover is baking desserts without sacrificing taste and texture.

I usually try to stick to recipes that are specifically designed to be kosher for Passover. Especially when baking, I find that it is difficult to adapt recipes to be suitable for the holiday.

For many reasons, I also avoid cooking and baking with matzah meal. I find that matzah meal makes the texture dry and tastes unpleasant. 

So, I wanted to make mandelbread which is non-gebrokts (without matzah meal) and also gluten free. However, I couldn’t find a recipe to accommodate my specifications.

So, I broke some of my personal baking rules. I took my regular mandelbread recipe and adapted it for Passover. 

Instead of regular flour, I used almond flour and tapioca starch. I was not planning on initially adding the tapioca starch. But, the dough was too sticky and did not hold its shape without it.

Below is the recipe of how I made the cookies this year, together with my recommendations for how to improve the recipe for next year.

Ingredients 

1 orange

2 eggs

3/4 cups sugar

Recommendation: Can also make with only 1/2 cup sugar. 

1/2 cup oil

Next time, I might use 1/4 cup of oil as nuts have a higher fat content.

4 cups almond flour 

1/2 – 1 cup  tapioca starch (approximately to make the dough less sticky and able to be shaped)

With less oil, tapioca starch may not be necessary.

2 teaspoons baking power

1 cup chopped nuts (approximately, to make the dough less sticky and able to be shaped)

9 oz. chocolate chips

Instructions 

Using a food processor, pulse the whole orange until finely chopped. 

Add the sugar, eggs and oil and mix until smooth. 

Then add almond flour and baking powder and pulse until blended.

I found that the dough was too sticky, so I added the tapioca starch and chopped almonds.

Stir in 9 oz. of chocolate chips.

Bake in 350*F oven until lightly browned and firm to touch. 

Raizel loves “dot” cookies, which I rarely make. 

So, most of the batter was made as drop cookies. 

A much smaller amount was baked in a log like mandelbread. 

When cooked, I sliced the dough and baked them again in a 250*F oven until toasted.

Here are the pictures:

The cookie dough when fully mixed

Dough shaped as drop cookies

Drop cookies final product

The final product baked like mandelbread/biscotti

It actually turned out to be less time consuming to make drop cookies instead of mandelbread. And, I think the texture was better too.

It may be that with almond flour, the dough is less resilient? I also think that the texture might be better if the dough is chilled prior to baking.

Overall, the cookies were a hit. Raizel declared, “this is killer!” 

And, they are even being eaten after Passover!

Enjoy!

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21 thoughts on “Passover Mandelbread  or Drop Cookies With Chocolate Chips

  1. SimpletoWow May 4, 2016 at 4:12 PM Reply

    I will be pinning this recipe for next Pesach. It looks heavenly!

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  2. Doctor Jonathan May 4, 2016 at 4:54 PM Reply

    You always seem to have so much fun with your recipes. I like the way you offer advice and aren’t afraid to compliment and offer honest (less than complimentary) opinions as well. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged May 4, 2016 at 5:06 PM Reply

      Thank you! I see cooking as a creative outlet. So, I try to enjoy the process, not just the outcome. Otherwise, what’s the point? Passover is a special time. I always try to remind myself: “I want Passover to go through me, not to have me go through Passover.” How was your holiday?

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  3. Doctor Jonathan May 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM Reply

    Wonderful. I didn’t find the afikoman, and therefore, was unable to claim the financial reward ($1) accompanying its return to my father at the dinner table, so my investment portfolio remains underweight. 😀 I was able to enjoy the holiday, none the less!

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  4. anotherfoodieblogger May 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM Reply

    Those drop cookies look great!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. healthyindiankitchen May 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM Reply

    Simply wow!! Yummy!!

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  6. Love Served Daily May 4, 2016 at 10:33 PM Reply

    Looks great

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy May 5, 2016 at 12:34 PM Reply

    If I didn’t know better, I would have assumed the cookies were regular cookies!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. CHCooks May 6, 2016 at 2:41 AM Reply

    Really nice Carol 🙂

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  9. Lynz Real Cooking May 8, 2016 at 9:37 AM Reply

    Wow great job Carol! I love Raizel’s comment!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Daal August 18, 2016 at 1:41 AM Reply

    or like biscotti 🙂 – homey & delicious no matter what you call it or how you shape it

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Daal August 18, 2016 at 2:08 PM Reply

    You did a great job describing both with words & pix 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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