Welcome to the world of Chocolate Florentine Cookies, a delectable blend of crispy almonds, rich dark chocolate, and a hint of zesty orange. A treat that's as elegant to serve as it is delicious to eat. Let's explore the magic behind this classic Italian dessert.
Introducing the Lace Cookies, a refined twist on the classic Florentine cookies, which bring a touch of elegance and sophistication to your dessert table. Hailing from the artistic city of Florence, Italy, the original Florentine cookies have etched their name in the hearts of cookie lovers worldwide. Now, with the delicate design of Lace Cookies, they have become an even more enchanting treat. Their intricate patterns make them not only visually stunning but also a delight to the palate. Perfect for Christmas festivities, dinner soirees, and wedding celebrations, these fancier Florentine cookies are truly a culinary masterpiece to behold.
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- Powdered Sugar
- Egg white
- Melted butter
- Grated Orange zest
- Sliced almonds
- Dark chocolate
See recipe card for quantities.
Create Cookie Mixture
Combine powdered sugar, egg white, honey, melted butter, and grated orange zest in a bowl. Add the sliced almonds and stir until evenly mixed.
Preheat Oven and Prepare Baking Sheet
Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scoop and Bake
Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Cooling the Cookies
Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.
Melt Chocolate and Coat Cookies
Melt the dark chocolate. Spoon about ½ tablespoon of melted chocolate onto the bottom of each cooled cookie and spread it evenly.
Set and Serve
Let the chocolate set for about 30 minutes, then the cookies are ready to serve and enjoy!
Hint: When baking Chocolate Florentines, watch the baking time closely to avoid overcooking. Let them fully cool before coating with chocolate to prevent breaking.
If you wish to modify this recipe to fit a specific diet, consider the following options:
- For a dairy-free version, substitute the butter with a plant-based alternative.
- For a vegan version, you can use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) in place of egg whites and a vegan-friendly dark chocolate.
- If you want to avoid refined sugars, you can replace powdered sugar with coconut sugar.
This recipe is ripe for personalization:
- For a different nutty flavor, replace almonds with hazelnuts or pecans.
- Spice things up with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg mixed into the dough.
- Add a drizzle of white chocolate on top for a visually striking contrast.
Make the Cookie Mixture:
- Mixing Bowls: To mix all ingredients. This is where the cookie base is made.
- Whisk: To mix ingredients well. Ensures an even blend of flavors.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: For accurate measurements. This helps the cookies turn out right.
Bake the Cookies:
- Baking Sheet & Parchment Paper: To bake cookies on. The paper prevents sticking.
- Cookie Scoop: To portion the mixture. This makes sure all cookies are the same size.
Most Useful Equipment
Mixing Bowls are the most useful. It's used multiple times: for making the cookie mixture and for combining melted chocolate. It's central to getting the flavors and textures right in the cookies.
- Store your Chocolate Florentine Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They'll keep for up to a week.
- To prevent the cookies from sticking together, place a piece of parchment paper between each layer.
One of the keys to perfect Florentine cookies is to bake them perfectly. If they are underbaked they will be soft and soggy, and if they are overbaked they will have an burnt sugar after taste. Make sure to monitor the baking closely!
Yes, hazelnuts or pecans would work well.
Yes, replace butter with plant-based butter and use aquafaba in place of egg whites.
Yes, you can use a sugar-free sweetener in place of powdered sugar.
Yes, but it adds a lovely brightness to the cookies.
Yes, but it will make the cookies sweeter.
The chocolate might need more time to cool or the room temperature might be too warm.
When stored properly, they can last up to a week.
Yes, place them in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer. They can be frozen for up to a month.
Absolutely! Lemon or grapefruit zest could also work well.
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3 tablespoons (20 grams) Powdered Sugar
1 large egg white (30 grams)
2 tablespoons (40 grams) Honey
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon grated Orange zest
2 cups (170 grams) sliced almonds
½ cup (80 grams) dark chocolate
Step 1 - Make the cookie mixture:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, egg white, honey, melted butter, and grated orange zest.
- Add the sliced almonds and stir until everything is evenly mixed.
Step 2 - Bake the cookies:
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
- Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and drop it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining mixture, spacing the cookies about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.
- Bake one baking sheet at a time for about 20-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool completely.
Step 3 - Coat the cookies with chocolate:
- Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave or a double boiler.
- Spoon about ½ tablespoon of melted chocolate onto the bottom of each cookie and spread it evenly.
- Place the bottom of the cookie down on a sheet of parchment paper and let the chocolate set for about 30 minutes.
- Once the chocolate has hardened, the cookies are ready to serve and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: International
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Almond Honey Cookies, Chocolate Coated Cookies, Baking at 325°F, Egg White in Cookies, Orange Zest Flavor, Sliced Almonds, Cookie Sheet, Parchment Paper, Microwave Chocolate Melting, Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Do not consume raw dough as it contains raw egg whites.
- Store cookies appropriately to avoid spoilage.
- When melting chocolate, be careful to avoid burning it. Use a double boiler or melt it slowly in the microwave. Happy baking!