Monday, December 12, 2011

Florentines - Recipe

 Florentines, ready to serve

I don't know why I'd never made these before. They're mostly almond, something I eat a lot! And then you add dark chocolate to the top. What a spectacular combination!

So, in between bouts of frustration with the USPS online service (Grrrrr), I was working on making a batch of these delicious treats.

Florentines: Recipe
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5 oz. finely ground almonds (You can buy them that way, and they're a lot cheaper than whole or sliced almonds)
3 T. all-purpose flour
Finely grated zest of 1 orange (Appx. 2 T.)
1/4 t. fine salt
3/4 c. sugar
2 T. heavy cream (I used heavy whipping cream)
2 T. light corn syrup
5 T. butter
1/2 t. vanilla extract

Chocolate Topping, optional. (Optional?? Are you kidding?)
2-4 oz. semisweet chocolate (I used 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine almonds, flour, zest and salt in a large bowl.

Put the sugar, cream, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally (I didn't take any chances. I stirred it constantly) until mixture comes to a rolling boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour mixture into almond mixture and stir just to combine. Set aside until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes.

Scoop rounded teaspoons (? I made dough balls that were the size of shooter marbles and got a dozen balls on each large baking sheet. They will spread out, so leave plenty of space around each dough ball.)

Just out of the oven

I had a dozen cookies on each of two baking sheets. It worked well to place one on the middle shelf and one of the shelf above that. I baked them for 5 minutes, switched pans to the opposite oven racks, and baked another 6 minutes. I let them completely cool on the pans before spreading chocolate on top.

In a double boiler, melt the semi-sweet chocolate pieces. I couldn't manage to drizzle this, but spread a spoonful onto each cookie, then sprinkled additional ground almonds on top.

These cookies need to be chilled to help the chocolate set up. Then they're ready to serve or store. Right now, I have a box of them sitting outdoors on the deck where it's -5 degrees F.  I'm pretty sure they'll stay cool enough there.


on one of my mom's Christmas plates. :-)

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SomeGirl said...

Yum! And those could easily be made gluten free... I just might try those out. Thank you!

Unknown said...

-5?!?!?! Crikies! That's pretty darned cold! WE are a sunny 26 down south ;-) These look yummy too! I'm pinning them.

Ruth Kelly said...

You are making me so hungry. I love trying new recipes. I grind my own almonds and make a cupcake of almond flour and oatmeal.

Cranberry Morning said...

Definitely could be gluten-free. Tapioca flour, white rice flour, and potato starch? Maybe that combination.

I found almonds already ground (skins too) for a WAY cheaper price (at Farm and Fleet) than whole or slivered or chopt almonds. I think next time I make Florentines I will put the melted chocolate in an icing bag and drizzle it on in zigzags so that they look a little prettier.

Marti said...

These sound yummy. With almonds and chocolate they are good for you, so I'll eat two.

PinayinTexas said...

Gorgeous and absolutely delicious! Those Florentines will surely put a big smile on anyone's face, Judy!

Judy S. said...

Sounds a tad chilly? Are those similar to lace cookies? Sounds a bit like a Heath bar! LOL

Denise said...

Now, I am hungry.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

You did it again, Judy! Yum!! I know I've asked this before, but can I come visit? Lol!

Unknown said...

They look and sound yummy. I love almonds anyway I can get them...

laurie said...

Nuts and fave!

Under Her Wings said...

Just to let everyone who might think they want to purchase some soaps, mine arrived yesterday. Oh, that all the other orders I have placed for Christmas would be so prompt! Thank you, Judy.

Yenta Mary said...

I love these, but haven't made them in AGES!!! Thanks for the nudge ... :)

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Yum! These really look delicious! Thank you so much for inviting me by leaving such a sweet comment on my blog!
xoxo from Germany,
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

Candace said...

ohmygoodness, Judy! These look amazing. The little Italian deli in a nearby town makes these; but, I've never thought to look up the recipe. I need to try my hand at making them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Unknown said...

YUM!! I could go for a whole plate of those right now :)


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