Florentine Cookies - Florentiner

Florentines are a wonderful holiday cookie, but delightful all year round. Austrian bakers are attributed with creating these cookies although their name implies an Italian heritage.
Florentines are a delicious mixture of candied fruit (I used dried cranberries) and nuts (I used sliced almonds) with caramel, then baked. They are very often finished with chocolate on one side.
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper. Chop the cranberries finely. Melt butter, sugar and honey in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the mixture turns a caramel colour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour in the whipping cream and bring it to a boil. Add in chopped dried cranberries and almond slices. Lower the heat and cook until the mixture is combined and thickened.
  3. Scoop two rounded teaspoons of the mixture on prepared baking trays and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool. Coat or drizzle Florentines with melted chocolate as desired. Set aside at room temperature until set.


Sweta 21/4/09 02:13

This sounds easy-thanks for the background info.

Anonymous 21/4/09 02:27

I'm not sure I've tried this cookie before - it sounds fabulous. My daughter was just asking me to make a different kind of cookie - this would be perfect because she loves almonds.

Reeni♥ 21/4/09 02:50

These are so pretty! What a sweet treat!

Lavanya 21/4/09 04:09

awesome angie..as usual nice one!!

Happy cook 21/4/09 15:23

They look so yummy delicious, i have never made them athome.

Anonymous 21/4/09 21:17

Oh those are great! Really pretty cookies.

Hornsfan 22/4/09 01:50

I adore Florentine cookies, yours look spectacular!

Sophie 22/4/09 17:14

This is a fantastic recipe, I'm going to try these out, they would make a great snack!

Sara 22/4/09 21:14

These look so delicious! I still have a lot of almonds that I need to use, so I will make these.

Parita 24/6/09 11:33

Wow these look delicious, so crispy!

nora@ffr 24/6/09 17:10

I love Florentine Cookies! I had these once a couple of years ago and it was delightful..but they had raisins and candied cherries instead of the cranberries. Very wonderful and a great change from the usual Christmas cookies! I will be keeping this recipe for certain! Thank you for posting.

Donna-FFW 25/6/09 05:01

These look gorgeous!! I bet they are so delicious with the almonds!

J.C. 8/2/10 09:28

I love florentines. Just discovered them 2 weeks ago when customers at my local baking shop recommended the pre-mix to me. They are so tempting that I can't seem to put them down. And sinful too. But definitely yummmmmy!


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