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Florentine Lace Cookies

Florentine Lace Cookies Recipe

There’s still time for cookies, my friends. Let’s make some Florentines today!

Of course, there are a zillion different kinds of cookies that are pretty darned enjoyable, but Florentines are one of my favorites. They are a thin and crispy cookie with a lacy texture (that’s why they’re often called Lace Cookies) and they have a sweet toffee-like flavor. Mmm.

Florentine Lace Cookies Recipe @fifteenspatulas

The trouble with Florentines is they can be a bit tricky to make. Or at least, I always found them tricky before I stumbled on this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated. I’ve tweaked their version very slightly to accommodate my tastes, but as they always do, they created a Florentine base that’s very reliable. Which is good, because I get really grumpy when a recipe doesn’t turn out right (oh I know you do too).

Start by cooking cream, butter, and sugar in a heavy saucepan, until the mixture starts to brown and pull away from the sides and bottom of the pan:

Florentine Lace Cookies Recipe

Mix in almonds, orange zest, orange marmalade, and other flavors to make the cookie dough:

Florentine Lace Cookies Recipe

Portion out small teaspoons of cookie dough onto a sheet pan and flatten gently with your fingers:

Florentine Lace Cookies Recipe

Bake until crispy, then let them cool. Drizzle with dark chocolate:

Florentine Lace Cookies Chocolate Drizzle Recipe

And heck, let’s do some white chocolate too while we’re at it:

Florentine Lace Cookies Chocolate Drizzle Recipe

Let the chocolate harden:

Florentine Lace Cookies Chocolate Drizzle Recipe

And enjoy!

I actually shipped a tin of these to my grandma and grandpa this year from Christmas (last year I sent them Peanut Brittle). I will have to ask them how they traveled.

Happy Holidays!


Florentine Lace Cookies

Yield: 4-5 dozen cookies


2 cups almonds
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange marmalade
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 tsp salt
melted bittersweet chocolate, optional, for drizzling
melted white chocolate, optional, for drizzling


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Place the almonds in a food processor and process them for about 30 seconds until the almonds are ground up into small bits, slightly larger than coarse sand.

Place the cream, butter, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes. First, the mixture will start to thicken, then it will start to brown at the edges, and if you tilt the pan, the mixture will pull away from the sides of the pan. Once it's brown at the edges and pulling away from the pan, stir in the almonds, marmalade, flour, vanilla, orange zest, and salt.

Using a tsp measure, place 12 heaps of dough onto each sheet pan, flattening each spoonful gently with your fingers (if it's too hot to press, you can wait a few minutes).

Bake the cookies until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through so it's evenly browned. Let the cookies cool enough on the sheet pan to let it hold its shape, then move to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Drizzle the cooled cookies with melted chocolate if desired, and let it harden at room temperature or in the fridge. Enjoy!

These cookies will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature.

Recipe adapted very slightly from Cooks Illustrated

18 comments on “Florentine Lace Cookies

  1. Thank you for the nice recipe. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  2. These look crisp, thin and perfect! yum!! Happy holidays!

  3. Wow these look fantastic, never heard of these type of cookies, but will deffinitaly be making them soon. Thanks for the easy to follow steps!

  4. Kentucky Lady 717

    Thanks for posting this…they look so yummy…..I do want to try these…..maybe not now, but soon :)

  5. I love lace cookies. Mine are made a bit differently, but what I love about this Lacey cookie, you can eat them plain or drizzled with chocolate . But my favorite way of eating them, is to frost the underside with chocolate, let them set, and the chocolate peeks thru the lace making them quite pretty, and sooo good with that extra chocolate .

  6. saved this recipe~yum :-)

  7. I’ve had my share of oopses with these cookies. I want to try your recipe!

  8. Ooooh…these are so pretty! They remind me of the cookies my sister always made around the holidays! I’m pinning now to make in the next few days! Thanks for sharing!

  9. What could you use instead of orange marmalade? Allergic.

  10. Ooh these are so pretty and they look so good!!

  11. Hi Joanne , just passing by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Bountiful New Year !!! Oh , maybe you could throw a dozen of those delicious lace cookies over here ?! 😀

  12. I’ve tried making these before without much luck, I printed your recipe and I will give your recipe a try. :-)

  13. A great recipe I can’t wait to try out. I love Almond Lace Cookies and those brave enough to try them! I wish more would.

    I came up with my own version of a Almond Lace Cookies, or as I sometimes call them, Broomstick cookies. While different from your own, I think mine is a unique take on the dish. I’m new to the Food Blog scene and would love some feedback from a pro like you. Check out my recipe if have time.

  14. Hi Joanne, did you use almonds w/ or w/o skin? I’ve seen recipes w/ a little bit of oatmeal, have you tried those? Thanks.

  15. Can these be frozen?

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