Mandelbrot are similar to biscotti, except they have fat in them. They're really delicious, and while I don't make them most of the time, this seemed like a good opportunity to use some butter for treats. :) The chocolate flavour is really understated, as I didn't want it to drown out the figs or the ginger. Hope you enjoy!
20 ounces pastry flour
1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 1/3 - 1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup crystallised ginger, chopped
1 - 1 1/2 cups dried figs, chopped
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla, then mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in figs and ginger. Shape into 5"x2" logs (this should make four) and bake 30-40 minutes (I like to do it closer to 40 minutes, since I seem to break fewer of them while slicing later) and cool for 20 minutes. Slice into 1" thick lengths, and bake again another 15-20 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container. Makes approximately 4 dozen.