My husband is Italian and so we have a great love for Italy and have been fortunate to have been to many cities there, many times. Lake Como and Florence are our favorite and so are Florentine cookies that originated there in the Renaissance period.
Our love of Florentines came about on one of our annual trips to Carmel-by-the-Sea in Central Coast California. Our favorite restaurant is the Italian restaurant Il Fornaio (the baker). The restaurant serves Florentine cookies and we just fell in love with them, so after many years of eating them, I finally have my own recipe.
Sometimes called lace cookies, Florentine cookies are made of finely chopped almonds with a hint of orange and vanilla, then either dipped or sandwiched with chocolate.