Florentine Cookies

Yield: 18 florentine cookies

Florentine Cookies

Florentines by Sweet2EatBaking.com

These Florentine biscuits are a disc of caramel with glacé cherries, candied peel, toasted almonds, hazelnuts, and coated in rich decadent 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes


  • 50g (1¾ oz) butter
  • 50g (1¾ oz) demerara sugar
  • 50g (1¾ oz) golden syrup
  • 50g (1¾ oz) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 25g (1 oz) dried cranberries or glacé cherries, finely chopped
  • 50g (1¾ oz) candied peel, finely chopped
  • 25g (1 oz) almonds, finely chopped
  • 25g (1 oz) walnut pieces, finely chopped
  • 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  2. Add the butter, sugar and golden syrup to a small saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and add the flour, chopped cranberries or cherries, candied peel, and nuts to the pan. Stir well to mix.
  3. Spoon 6 teaspoons onto each of the baking trays, allowing room for spreading during baking.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown. Allow to cool in their trays before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Temper the chocolate then spread a little melted chocolate over the flat base of each florentine and leave to cool slightly before marking a zigzag in the chocolate with a fork. Leave to set, chocolate side up on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.



Florentines require a precise amount of ingredients, therefore I recommend using a kitchen scale to weigh out your ingredients.

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17 Comments on “Florentine Cookies”

  1. Sinea Pies January 1, 2015 @2:29 am Reply

    Wow, Lisa ...they are elegant! Yummy! Pinning them for sure.
    PLEASE come by my party tonight and share them, OK?
    Happiest of New Years to you.

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking January 6, 2015 @12:59 am Reply

      Thanks so much, Sinea. I stopped by and submitted my last 2 posts to your party the other day - thanks for the reminder. :)

  2. Jess @ Sweet Menu January 1, 2015 @9:32 am Reply

    These look amazing! I just LOVE florentines!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking January 6, 2015 @1:00 am Reply

      Me too! Can you believe this was my first time trying/making them?

      Thanks for stopping by, Jess.

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 2, 2015 @2:57 pm Reply

    I always love florentines! They were on my list this year but never happened. GORGEOUS!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking January 6, 2015 @1:01 am Reply

      Me too. I love how crunchy and flavoursome they are. Can't wait to see your version.

      Thanks for stopping by sweetie.

  4. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife January 2, 2015 @11:34 pm Reply

    These are just beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat! Almost ;)

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking January 6, 2015 @1:02 am Reply

      You think? The prettiness didn't stop my 3 kidlets from gobbling them down though!

      Thanks for stopping by, Jocelyn.

  5. Allie | Baking a Moment January 4, 2015 @2:02 am Reply

    These are a work of art! I love how you've combed the chocolate into a pretty design. And the flavors sound incredible! So glad you had a lovely Christmas, and hopefully you can get back into the swing of things soon. My kids go back on the 5th so I'm sitting tight 'til then!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking January 6, 2015 @1:04 am Reply

      You're too sweet! We had a lovely Christmas, thanks. My kids went back today too. I can breathe again! :lol:

      Thanks for stopping by sweetie.

  6. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) January 5, 2015 @9:00 pm Reply

    florentines are soooooooooooooooo unbelievably delicious!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking January 6, 2015 @1:04 am Reply

      Aren't they just? :) Thanks for stopping by, Kayle.

  7. Jolena @TheRubyKitchen January 7, 2015 @2:54 pm Reply

    These look and sound incredible! I love the wave you made in the chocolate too. Simple and elegant!

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking January 7, 2015 @10:31 pm Reply

      I love the chocolate touch too. Makes them extra special with the little wave, in my opinion. :lol:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment, Jolena.

  8. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat January 26, 2015 @7:38 pm Reply

    These are really cute! I haven't seen anything like this before.

  9. pooja June 23, 2016 @7:04 am Reply

    hi, its very delicious and looks beautiful too, could honey be used in place of golden syrup?

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking June 23, 2016 @12:20 pm Reply

      Hi Pooja, Thanks for your kind comment, they are very delicious indeed. :) In regards of the golden syrup, if you can't find that in your area (I think it's a British thing), then the best substitution would be light (clear) corn syrup or glucose syrup. I haven't tried with honey myself, but if you do make them with honey, do let me know how they turn out so I can update the recipe.

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy baking.