Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.com

Ida's Mandelbrot

A tender-crisp, walnut-studded cookie (traditionally made with almonds, or mandel in Yiddish) adapted from a 1950s family recipe.
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 55 min
  • Yield: about 40 cookies
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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 tablespoon sugar, divided

1/2 cup canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

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