Lacy Florentine Cookies with Almonds and Chocolate

by feastonthecheap on December 19, 2011

Mariel here. With Santa arriving in less than a week, it seemed only logical to post a cookie for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. I took a stroll on over to My Danish Cooking, which chronicle’s Gitte’s endeavors to keep her Danish traditions alive while living with her husband and grown son in the US. She has some truly delightful creations on her site and it took me a long time to decide what to prepare. I landed on these Florentine Cookies since they reminded me of a favorite bakery treat of yesteryear: crispy lace cookies with a thin layer of chocolate nestled betwixt.

Swapping out only the all-purpose flour and light corn syrup, these lived up to all my expectations – and the splash of orange zest added the perfect touch. I’d make these again and again and I’d gander a guess that they’d be a welcome change-up from Santa’s usual diet of Chocolate Chip and Sugar Cookies. They feel fancy but are relatively easy to prepare, which is always a plus when I’m laying down the hammer in the kitchen, and since they’re packed with almonds, I suspect they have marginally more nutritional value than your average Yuletide treat. But let’s be honest – who cares about such things during the holidizzles? Not I nor my waistline. A very merry to you and yours!

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Lacy Florentine Cookies with Almonds and Chocolate
Makes about 12-15 sandwich cookies
Adapted from My Danish Kitchen

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups slivered blanched almonds – $4.79
3 tbsp whole wheat flour – stock
Zest of 1 orange (about 2 tbsp) – $0.89
1/4 teaspoon salt – stock
3/4 cup sugar – stock
2 Tablespoons heavy cream – $1.50
2 Tablespoons honey – stock
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter – stock
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract – stock
6 oz semisweet chocolate – $3.00
Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $10.18
Cost per cookie: $0.67

Directions:

1. Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped, but not pasty. Stir together the almonds, flour, zest and salt in a large bowl.

2. Put the sugar, cream, honey and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

3. Pour mixture into almond mixture and stir until just combined. Set aside until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes.

4. In the meantime, position a rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

5. Scoop rounded teaspoons of batter and roll into balls. Place on prepared baking sheets, leaving 3 to 4 inches between each cookie since they spread – a lot.

6. Bake 1 pan at a time, until the cookies are thin and even golden brown color, rotating pan halfway through baking time, about 9 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool. This is when the cookies really crisp up. Repeat with remaining batter.

7. Chop semisweet chocolate (or use morsels) and place in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 1-inch water to a simmer and set bowl filled with chocolate over the saucepan, making sure bowl is not touching water. Stir chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth.

8. Drop a generous amount of melted chocolate (about a teaspoon) onto the flat side of a cookie and press together with a second cookie to form a sandwich. Return to rack and let chocolate set completely.



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Blog is the New Black December 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

These look awesome, gals!

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Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

These look so wonderful!

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Eliot December 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

These dainty cookies look perfect for a holiday swap or to take to a neighbor’s to wish them a Merry Christmas! Great SRC post.

Happy Holidays!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe December 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

These look crazy delicious! Yum!

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heidi December 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Oh they remind me of something my mum used to make with whipped cream in the middle – bringing back some lovely memories :-)

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) December 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Those are jumping off the screen at me! I love the combination of chewy and gooey.

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Delishhh December 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Very nice! There are some of my favorite cookies – in Sweden we have something similar and call them oatmeal wafers – you can find them in Ikea too :)

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Angie @ Bigbearswife December 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

oh my goodness! what a treasure~! saving this!

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Kathy - Panini Happy December 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’ve never actually made florentine cookies myself but they are definitely among my favorites!

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Gitte December 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Good choice, these are one of my favorite cookies as well. Your version of the Florentine cookies looks wonderful. Thank you for visiting my site :)

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Jeanette December 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

These look so pretty! I didn’t realize these were Danish. SRC is so fun, you learn something new each month.

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Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} December 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

These are beautiful cookies! The addition of the orange zest is genius. It adds a freshness that I love!

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Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } December 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Stunning cookies and a must make soon for me. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you. Happy Holidays!!

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Anne@frommysweetheart December 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Absolutely beautiful cookies and stunning pictures! : )

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Marly December 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Beautiful! Would love to try these!

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kateiscooking December 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Great recipe for SRC! Thank you so much for the fantastic carrot recipe. I’ll be back to try some more :-) Kate

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm

These sound divine!

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Rhonda December 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

Beautiful! Anything orange and chocolate is a plus in my books!

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veronica gantley December 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

What yummy looking cookies. You picked a great reccipe for SRC. Merry Christmas.

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Liz December 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Fantastic pick!!! These look scrumptious…especially with that chocolate filling :)

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Steve @ HPD December 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

that cookie looks simply amazing. almonds are pretty darn amazing. a simple hand-chopper turns them practically into flour. cheers and happy holidays!

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feastonthecheap December 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Happy Holidays to you and your family, Steve! Hope your snow isn’t TOO deep yet! :-)

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Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} December 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

these Florentine cookies are so cute! so perfect for Santa’s arrival!
Happy Holidays!

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Averil April 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I just discovered your blog and these cookies. What a treat :-)

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Ela July 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Gorgeous cookies! How did you get the rectangular shape of cookies?

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feastonthecheap July 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

A sharp knife trimmed the edges for the photo op!! Cheers!

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