Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
10 mins. to 18 mins.
Baking time:
10 mins. to 10 mins.
Total time:
50 mins. to 1 hrs 28 mins.
Yield:
about 2 1/2 dozen 2 1/2" Florentines
These snapping-crisp cookie/candy clones are a European classic. If you enjoy the dark chocolate/orange flavor combo, you'll love these elegant treats.
Volume Ounces Grams

Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups Sticky Bun Sugar
  • 1 cup unblanched sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup candied orange peel

Coating

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat your oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment, or non-stick foil.
  2. 2) Stir together the sticky bun sugar, almonds, and orange peel.
  3. 3) Using a tablespoon measure, make 1-tablespoon mounds of the mixture on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2" apart; they'll spread a lot.
  4. 4) Bake the Florentines for about 10 minutes, until the almonds are golden brown. Reverse the pans in the oven midway through the baking time, so they brown evenly.
  5. 5) Remove the Florentines from the oven, and allow them to cool completely on the pan.
  6. 6) When the Florentines are completely cool, melt the chocolate, either in a microwave, or over very low heat. Stir until it's completely smooth.
  7. 7) Brush the melted chocolate onto the flat (bottom) of each cookie, placing them, chocolate side up, on a rack to set.
  8. 8) Store cool and dry for up to several weeks.
  9. Yield: about 30 Florentines.

Tips from our bakers

  • Can you make these without Sticky Bun Sugar? Yes; but not using this recipe. Classic Florentines are made with a boiled mixture of butter, honey, cream, and sugar, and are much more difficult to successfully pull off. We think this simple version, using Sticky Bun Sugar, is easy, fail-safe, and well worth the investment in the special sugar.