Mandel Bread Recipe Not Too Sweet and Great With Coffee

mandelbread recipe by alef bet jewelry

There is something about the smell of freshly baked goods right out of the oven

My grandmother always had a shoe box full of Mandelbrot at her home in Denver. “Just the perfect cookie for a cup of coffee,” she said. 🍵

My mother bakes these crunchy, light cookies doused with cinnamon and sugar now too. 🍵 And yes, they are perfectly suited for a cup of coffee, as well.  Sometimes she adds golden raisins, not regular ones, only golden raisins, to the dough. I think I prefer the tiny chocolate chips in dark chocolate though.

True story, we used to bring about 10lb of the Mandelbrot cookies each winter and summer to the gift shows.  First it was the Buyer’s Market of American Craft in Philadelphia, then it was New York Now in Manhattan.  We’d package them up with a little sticker in a cute baggie.  It was a real hit for years!

We printed up the recipe, and would email it later on as a thank you for shopping.

The ladies loved it!

🍵 We recently posted this over on our Facebook page, which you can check out here, and the requests were CRAZY!!  We had so many ladies messaging us and telling us the stories of the famous Jewish cookies their parents and grandparents would make growing up for them.  It was a post that brought back wonderful memories, for not only us, but for so many of our readers.  It was a real joy to read.

The recipe is listed below.

They are easy to make and not too sweet.

And pair perfectly with a cup of coffee 🍵

Please share you memories with us here, and if you did make our mandel brot – mandel bread- aka kamish cookies, please let us know in the comment section how they turned out!!


Recipe link is here.


Don’t forget to share with us how it turned out!!

Kamish Bread is a Jewish Favorite

Sukkah Dinner


Pumpkin Stuffed Sukkot Dinner
Sukkot Pumpkin Dinner

Cooking is not for all.  I can admit I do not fall into the “good cookers” category.  Nor do I fall in the “hostess with the mostess” category.


We should be comfortable with our lack of skills, and free to admit areas that need improvement.  I often wonder about the people that claim to cook really well, and then you taste the food.  OMG!  Not me, I am the first to laugh off my lack of cooking talents.  But, when you know how to make a few decent dishes you can impress guests, having them think you are very talented!  I so win at this category!!


I saw this recipe on Kveller and adapted it, mainly because I have a horrible allergy to sulfites, so I can’t use the wine.  Here is the recipe I made:

Sautee an onion

Cook the ground beef, drain the fat

Sautee some garlic in the beef after it is cooked.

In another pot make some rice.

After they are both cooked, mix the beef mixture and rice together.  Toss in some chopped up cilantro and parsley.

Add spices:  I tend to use only salt, pepper, paprika, cumin and turmeric in all of my cooking.  Sometimes I will go out of my comfort zone and add some Osem Chicken Soup Powder.  Of course, I don’t know measurements– start with a teaspoon of each.  Taste, adjust.

Mix everything together and stuff the pumpkin (after you take out the seeds of course).  Save the top of the pumpkin, put it on the pumpkin so the meat doesn’t dry out during cooking.

Bake 375  for an hour.  Check that the pumpkin is soft after about 45 minutes, then if it isn’t up the oven temperature.

We ate the pumpkin insides as well.


You know I am not a chef after looking  at my list of ingredients and comparing them to other sites!  What a joke, but in the end, the taste is what matters, right?

The decor was my take on the Kosher Street’s how to make a Dollar Tree Centerpiece.  I followed the idea, but thought the rocks from the Dollar Tree was even easier!

And my sister called me a Balla Busta………….