Mandelbrodt, also known as mandel bread in English-speaking countries and kamishbrot in Ukraine, is a Jewishcookie popular amongst Eastern European Jews. The Yiddish word mandelbrodt literally means almondbread, a reference to its common ingredient of almonds. It is typically formed by baking a loaf which is then cut into small slabs and twice-baked in order to form a crunchy exterior. The cookies were popular in Eastern Europe among rabbis, merchants and other itinerant Jews as a staple dessert that kept well.
Its precise origin is unknown, as is its historic relationship with biscotti, a similar Italian cookie. While mandelbrodt and biscotti both consist of a crunchy exterior, mandelbrodt is slightly softer than biscotti due to its higher oil and/or buttercontent.