Apple Butterscotch Mandelbrot

I have been doing apple everything this Rosh Hashanah: apple caramel challah, apple babka, apple butter, apple sauce, apples in my lokshen kugel. I had a bag of dried apple chunks and thought, what about apple mandelbrot? I whipped them up into mandelbrot and dipped it in melted butterscotch chips (rather than chocolate chips). I wanted to put caramel chips into the mandelbrot but I couldn’t find them. Even so, these came out delicious.

I’m posting this late for Rosh Hashanah: Thursday evening with the holiday starting tomorrow. However, they really didn’t take long at all. I prepared them in ten minutes before running to a class, turning my camera off for a moment partway through to take them out and cut up the pieces. One thing I like about mandelbrot is they spend A LOT more time baking than active time.


A Rosh Hashanah twist on mandelbrot with dried apples, dipped in butterscotch.


  • 3 eggs
  • cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • ¾ cup dried apple pieces smaller pieces are better
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare two cookie sheets with baking paper and spray with oil.
  • Beat eggs on high in a mixer until foamy, about 3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest, and salt.
  • Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the mixer. Beat on medium until blended.
  • Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and mix on low until just incorporated.
  • Add the almonds and dried apple pieces. Mix on low until just incorporated.
  • Form the dough into two logs and place on the two baking sheets.
  • Cook 35-40 minutes until loaves are firm but remain slightly soft when pressed.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Slice the loaf into ¾-1 inch pieces. Place back on the baking sheet on their side.
  • Return to oven. Bake until the pieces are fully dry and slightly golden on both sides, about 20 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from oven to a cooling rack and allow to cool.
  • Once the cookies are cooled, melt butterscotch chips in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Dip cookies in the butterscotch sauce one at a time.
  • Allow butterscotch to harden in the fridge or freezer before serving.

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