White Chocolate Florentine Cookies
Florentine cookies, sometimes called lace cookies, are thin, crispy Italian confections sandwiched and drizzled with festive white chocolate.
The dark chocolate version of my Florentine Cookies (< click on text for recipe link) which I posted back in 2014, are consistently on my most visited recipe list. This must be a good reason for you try them, right?
Florentine Cookie History
Invented in the Italian city of Florence (Firenze) in the Tuscan region of Italy, Florentine Cookies are a unique cookie that is made with dough that is almost cooked before shaped and baked.
White Chocolate Florentine Cookies are very fitting for the winter season. Serve with your favorite hot chocolate, eggnog and well, any hot drink that is your favorite really.
Dried or Candied Fruit
Dried or candied fruit (your choice) is a delicious addition. I particularly love dried orange or mandarin with chocolate. You can use any dried fruit you like, or leave it out.
There is light corn syrup in these cookies, this is how I have always made them. Even though these are a crunchy cookie, the corn syrup adds a little chewiness too. I believe honey can be used instead, but I have not tried them this way.
The almonds must be peeled and it is hard to find already peeled almonds. No one should be expected to battle with the paper-thin wrapping of an almond, that is why I came up with an easy method of peeling. Click here > How to Peel Almonds.
As you can see in the pic below, some of the cookies will vary in color and size even in the same baking batch. Don’t worry, it just gives them a more homemade look. When you sandwich them, just pick ones that are the same size.
The largest baking/cookie sheet you have. I use 17 x 12 inches (43 x 30 cm) to which I can fit 6 cookies. Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat is a must. A good, non-stick cookie sheet could be used but I have not tried it.