Florentines! These are a wonderful cookie-type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. A really easy recipe!

Florentine Cookies. These are a wonderful cookie type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!

Florentines are truly a most wonderful sweet treat! They are luxurious and of course, always made with love.

For those not familiar with florentines, they are a treat that mainly appears during Christmas time, and given as gifts to friends and family. You can buy them in good European food stores, but they can often be very expensive, given the ingredients used.

What are Florentines?

In a nutshell, florentines are a thin cookie, made up of a caramel type base, similar to brandy snaps, which is coated on one side with your choice of chocolate, and then the top has a variety of dried fruits and nuts, making for a very pretty, festive looking treat.

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What fruits and nuts can I use?

You can choose your favorite fruits and nuts to go in these florentines, so don't be afraid to experiment a little and add the things you love the most.

Here, Carina made a batch of florentines and chose a variety of cherries, candied peel, walnuts, almonds and pistachios.

Florentine Cookies. These are a wonderful cookie type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!

So let's see what we have to do to get these into our kitchens. Happy baking everyone!

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook time

 8 - 10 minutes

Yield

20 pieces

Ingredients

50 g (2oz) butter
50 g (2oz) demerara / brown sugar
50 g (2oz) golden or corn syrup
50 g (2oz) plain All Purpose flour
4 red and green or natural glacé cherries finely chopped
50 g (2oz) finely chopped candied peel or raisins
50 g (2oz) finely chopped mixed almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, peanuts. (You can choose your favourites!)
175 g (6oz) plain, milk or white chocolate or a variety of all three!

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (375°F). Line a baking tray with parchment paper. (If you don't, the florentines will be very difficult to remove)


2. Put the butter and syrup into a pan. Heat until the butter melts, remove from the heat, then add all other ingredients apart from the chocolate. Mix everything well.

Florentine cookies showing mixing the ingredients


3. Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart then flatten with a back of a spoon.

Florentine cookies showing mixture spaced on baking sheet

4. Bake for about 8 - 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 2 - 3 minutes until they harden then using a palette knife, transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Tip

If the Florentines become too hard to remove, put them back into the oven for a few moments to allow them to soften.

Florentine cookies showing fresh from the oven
Carina's Florentines
Florentines! These are a wonderful cookie type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!
Lovefoodies florentines with raisins too!


5. Now melt the chocolate in a basin over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water.

6. Spread a little melted chocolate over the flat base of each Florentine using a palette knife, and leave to set, chocolate side up, on the cooling rack.

Store in an airtight container.

Florentines! These are a wonderful cookie type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!

What chocolate can I use?

It's quite common to make a variety of florentines, some with white, milk and dark chocolate, so you can do that instead of all one type of chocolate if you wish!

Florentine Cookies. These are a wonderful cookie type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!

Recipe Card

Florentine Cookies. These are a wonderful cookie type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!

Florentine Cookies

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These are a wonderful cookie type treat, with lots of delicious goodies in them, and coated on one side with white or dark or milk chocolate. Easy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 50 g butter, 2oz
  • 50 g demerara / brown sugar, 2oz
  • 50 g golden or corn syrup, 2oz
  • 50 g plain All Purpose flour, 2oz
  • 4 red and green or natural glacé cherries finely chopped
  • 50 g finely chopped candied peel or raisins, 2oz
  • 50 g finely chopped mixed almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, peanuts. (You can choose your favourites!), 2oz
  • 175 g plain, milk or white chocolate or a variety of all three!, 6oz

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (375°F). Line a baking tray with parchment paper. (If you don't, the florentines will be very difficult to remove)
  2. Put the butter and syrup into a pan. Heat until the butter melts, remove from the heat, then add all other ingredients apart from the chocolate. Mix everything well.
  3. Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart then flatten with a back of a spoon.
  4. Bake for about 8 - 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 2 - 3 minutes until they harden then using a palette knife, transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

*** If the Florentines become too hard to remove, put them back into the oven for a few moments to allow them to soften.

  1. Now melt the chocolate in a basin over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
  2. Spread a little melted chocolate over the flat base of each Florentine using a palette knife, and leave to set, chocolate-side up, on the cooling rack.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 20
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

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