We cook at our own homes and then do the schlep to baba's place. It's actually easier to do it this way than try to bring my mom to one of our homes. It also leaves baba with enough leftovers for a week's worth of meals. This year I'm doing the sides and desserts.
One of the desserts this year is mandel brot. This recipe is a first timer for me and until now I had no idea how simple it is to make and I know baba will love these cookies. They're really like a smaller and softer version of biscotti. You also don't need a mixer for these - easy to put together by hand.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup cake meal
1/2 cup potato starch
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
Whisk eggs and add sugar, continue whisking until well blended
Slowly incorporate oil and then both cake meal and potato starch
Stir in chocolate chips
Let mixture sit for 15 minutes
With oiled hands form 3 long logs (the mix will be sticky)
Bake for 30 minutes. Take out logs and cut into approximately 12 slices per log and return to oven for 5--10 minutes to dry.