Florentines – Lace Cookies

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Florentines – Lace Cookies are a lovely little treat. They are quite easy to make too. With just a few ingredients these crunchy little almonds cookies are perfect. They are also called lace cookies as they resemble a little sheet of lace.

Although these Florentines are thin and crispy there are variations which are thicker and chewy. Both varieties are very good. But my preference is for these thin and crunchy ones. Maybe that is harking back to my childhood.

Florentines - Lace Cookies


As I mentioned there are only a few ingredients:

chopped flaked almonds – simply take flaked almonds and chop them into smaller pieces. You can also process whole blanched almonds into small pieces

sugar – I use caster sugar but light brown sugar will work well too.

golden syrup – this is readily available in the UK, but honey or light corn syrup are good alternatives.

cream – double cream is what I use, but heavy cream or whipping cream will work too.

dark chocolate – although I use a semi-sweet chocolate milk chocolate would be fine .

Process for Florentines

Making the florentines is so easy. Simple heat the sugar, cream and golden syrup until it boils. Let it boil for about a minute. Then stir in the almonds. Allow the mixture to cool completey.

Line baking trays with silicone mats or parchment paper. Then spoon about 1 1/2 tsp of the mixture onto the trays and form into balls. Leave a large gap between each ball since the cookie will spread a lot during baking.

Bake at 180C/160C Fan/350F for 12 minutes then allow to cool completely.

Melt some chocolate and brush it on the underside of the florentines and allow it to set. You can temper the chocolate if you wish, but that is more work.

Florentines - Lace Cookies

My Cookies

My Florentines baked up will, spreading to a very thin layer. Little holes appeared in most too. They became crisp and fragile once cool. After brushing chocolate on them, and letting it set, I enjoyed a lovely crisp and flavoursome cookie. The nutty sweetness and the cruncy texture were perfect.

Florentines – Lace Cookies – Video

Another easy recipe is Fruity Oat Cookies.

Florentines – Lace Cookies

Recipe by geoffcooCourse: Biscuits, CookiesDifficulty: Easy


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  • 75g(3/4 cup) flaked almonds, chopped finer

  • 62g(5 tbsp) caster sugar

  • 37g(2 tbsp) golden syrup

  • 40ml(2 tbsp + 2 tsp) double cream

  • 84g(3 oz) dark chocolate


  • Place the sugar, cream and golden syrup into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring all the time.
  • Allow it to boil for one minute then turn off the heat and stir in the almonds until all is combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow it to cool completely.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F.
  • Line a couple of baking trays with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Spoon about 11g(1 1/2 tsp) of mixture onto the baking trays, leaving a large gap between each.
  • Form each mound into a ball and press to flatten a little.
  • Bake the florentines for about 12 minutes, keeping a close eye on them so they don’t burn.
  • The florentines will spread dramatically and bubble around the edges. When they are flat and have browned a little remove them from the oven and leave them to cool.
  • Once the florentines are cool melt the dark chocolate, in a bain marie(double boiler), or in a microwave oven. If using a microwave oven heat in short bursts, stirring between each bursts, to avoid burning.
  • Brush chocolate on the underside of the florentines and place them, chocolate side down, on the parchment paper.
  • Allow the chocolate to set and then put the trays of florentines in the fridge for a few minutes to allow them to set firm. Then peel them off the parchment and serve.

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