These crisp and light Lace Cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies! They’re drizzled with chocolate for a delicious finish.

Florentine Cookies - Stacks on White Plate with Chocolate Drizzle

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.

Drizzling Italian Lace Cookies with Milk Chocolate Using Fork

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 Cookie Dough in Saucepan Bubbling

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

Nuts Added to Almond Florentine Dough Mixture

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

Small Mounds of Florentine Cookie Dough on Silicone Mat

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

Drizzling Italian Lace Cookies with Milk Chocolate Using Fork

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

Florentine Lace Cookies Drizzled with White and Milk Chocolate

Let the chocolate harden:

Florentine Lace Cookies Drizzled with White and Dark Chocolates

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 Drizzled with White and Dark Chocolate

Florentine Lace Cookies

 These crisp and light Lace Cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies! They're drizzled with chocolate for a delicious finish.
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 44mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.