Chocolate Florentines

Chocolate FlorentinesThis season of the end of the year and winter holidays is one of my favorite seasons in Paris. This city is beautiful at any time, but in winter it becomes even more special. Christmas lights, shops decorations and the smell of roasted chestnuts when you go out of the Metro.

Chocolate FlorentinesChocolate FlorentinesThis season is the most important for the pastry chefs and chocolatiers who create special collections for the holidays. When cold there is nothing like a dessert rich in chocolate or chestnuts, hot chocolate or chocolate bonbons filled with praliné. The body needs a warm up, the mind needs comfort and the carbohydrates are starring.

Chocolate FlorentinesChocolate FlorentinesAmong the winter creations you can find the Bûche-de-Noël (yule log), the Pain d’épices (gingerbread) and of course different types of cookies.

Chocolate FlorentinesChocolate FlorentinesOne of my favorite cookies, at this time of the year, is the Florentine. Despite its name, this cookie didn’t come from Florence and was created in the 17th century in France.

Chocolate FlorentinesIn the Florentine you will find a combination of some of my favorite ingredients – almonds, caramel and chocolate. Is there anything better than that? These cookies are very special because they are made of two delicate layers that together create a wonderful combination of textures and flavors.

Chocolate FlorentinesChocolate FlorentinesA thin, crackling layer of ​​almond flakes with candied orange peels or other candied fruits, cooked and baked in caramel, coated with a fine layer of chocolate. The chocolate gives the cookie sweetness and a delicate texture.

Chocolate FlorentinesChocolate FlorentinesThere are many techniques for making the Florentines, the easiest is to bake the almond layer in a muffin/cylinder silicone mold and then place each baked almond disc on a layer of melted chocolate, in the same mold, while lightly pressing until the chocolate covers the entire bottom of the almond disc. You can also dip the discs in the melted chocolate, each one and its own way 🙂

Chocolate FlorentinesChocolate FlorentinesTip I like to add to the Florentines some cocoa nibs and candied lemon peels. A real upgrade!

Chocolate Florentines
12-16 cookies (depends on the size)
muffin/cylinder silicone mold

100g heavy whipping cream
80g sugar
40g Acacia/Lavender honey
100g flaked almonds, toasted
80g candied orange/lemon peels, chopped
20g cocoa nibs

Chocolate coating:
300g dark/milk chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 170C degrees, grease muffin/cylinder mold with an oil spray.
2. Florentines: in a medium saucepan heat the cream, sugar and honey until simmering. Keep cooking for 5 minutes until golden liquid is obtained. 
3. Add the almonds, chopped candied fruits and cocoa nibs to the boiling liquid, mix well and remove from the heat.
4. Using a spoon, place on the bottom of each muffin/cylinder cup, a thin layer of the almond mixture and press it down well. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the almond discs get a deep golden color. Cool, remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
5. Chocolate coating: Melt chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave, cool slightly. Using a spoon place melted chocolate in the bottom of each cup of the same mold in which you baked the almond discs. Place each almond disc on the melted chocolate and press lightly until the chocolate layer coats the entire bottom of the disc.
6. Refrigerate for a few minutes, remove from the pan and enjoy.




  • 29 December 2021

    Thanks for posting this. Will these work if you don’t have the pan? Can they be spread out on a cookie sheet? Thank you.

  • 29 December 2021
    Martha S

    Thank you Sharon 🙏
    I am really in love with your recipes
    At our home on holidays there is a ceremony where we eat desserts, cakes and cookies that are all made from the raw ingredients that in this season 🍊🍋
    My family is addicted to all kinds of chocolate oranges cakes/cookies etc’
    and it is clear that this wonderful recipe will be the star of the end of 2021 celebrations 🍾🥂💫
    We wish you & your loved once a better great New Year 2022 🙏
    Martha S

  • 10 January 2022

    hi sharon,

    did u temper the choc b4 use as coating?

  • 25 January 2022

    יצא וואו!
    בשביל פעם ראשונה 😉 כמובן שיש מקום לשיפור…
    רציתי לבדוק איתך-
    התערובת (לפני התנור) נראית לי רטובה יותר ממה שבreel שלך.. האם הכמויות המדוייקות..? יש מצב שצריך קצת יותר מ 100 גרם שקדים?
    וגם.. איפה את שומרת את העוגיות כשהן עם השוקולד? הוא נמס לי מחוץ למקרר..
    מאוד נהנית מהבלוג שלך

  • 03 February 2022

    I like the simplicity of this recipe, now a question are cocoa nibs raw? Thank you for your posts and recipes.


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