FlorentinesDespite being named after the beautiful Italian city of Florence, these cookies (sometimes referred to as biscuits) did not originate from Italy. We can thank the French for these lovely wafer thin delights that I can’t stop eating.
Honest Cooking has a wonderful history lesson on these beauties if you’re into that such thing. I happen to be into almonds and cookies so I’m into them for those very important reasons, but I’ll thank the French and the city of Florence both just to be on the safe side.
Florentines aren’t difficult to make but they are time consuming. You can only bake 6 per baking sheet because they’re spreaders. Yep, they like to stretch out and take over the place (kind of like my kids when they sleep). They’ve got a mind of their own (again another similarity to my kids – mmmh) and can’t be bothered to be uniform. I dig these cookies because they’re unique. I mean why be normal. Normal is boring even with cookies.
Sometimes depending on how much they take over the baking sheet they’ll have a lace like appearance. Bonus points for those.
I happen to really like my Florentines naked (without garnish) but if you’re feeling festive or are an overachiever feel free to add a drizzle of chocolate or if you’re not into drizzling just dunk half of them.
Grab your almonds and get the FLORENTINES RECIPE on Dixie Crystals website where we just so happen to moonlight.
Disclaimer: I am a recipe developer for Dixie Crystals. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.
The Food Hunter says
I had no idea they were from France. I must try making them sometime
Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits says
I haven’t Florentines in a very long time, I think they are much nicer than your average cookie!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
I made these once — they tasted good but didn’t look so pretty! I can’t wait to try your recipe for these lovelies, and I love the idea of drizzling (ok, dunking) with chocolate! Beautiful.
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
French? Italian? Makes no matter, I love them. I do like them naked, but with some chocolate, dunked, not drizzled is my favorite. 😉
Martha @ A Family Feast says
I love reading about the history behind a recipe…never knew they were French!
Lana | Never Enough Thyme says
Yum…Florentines! They are just a little bit time consuming, yes, but so, so worth it!
I’ll take a stack drizzled with chocolate please 🙂
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
I love the idea of drizzling these with chocolate, but they look fabulous just plain!! I never knew these were actually French!
Serene @ House of Yumm says
I’m all for dunking them in chocolate, but they do look beautiful all on their own too!
These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen says
Oooo yum! I think I’ve seen a version of these at Whole Foods before and have always wanted to try them! They sound delicious!
Nutmeg Nanny says
These cookies are so pretty! I feel like I would take these cookies, dip them in Nutella and then eat them all….haha.
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Such cute little cookies! These with a drizzle of chocolate would be perfect!
Laura | Petite Allergy Treats says
Huh, I had no idea what these were actually called or where they originated. Either way, I love any and ALL cookies. These look fantastic!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I have gotten these from bakeries since they are GF but had no idea how to make them. Thanks for the lesson. Yours look beautiful!
Brian @ A Thought For Food says
I adore florentines… something I grew up eating with my mom. She was always buying packages of them and we’d sit there, a cup of tea in our hands, and just work our way through the bag. These look so wonderful though. Need to try making them myself.
These look amazing!
Meredith In Sock Monkey Slippers says
These! I want these in my life!