Cherry And Chocolate Florentine Cookies


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 5 mins
  • Makes36 cookies
Cherry And Chocolate Florentine Cookies

Photo, Liam Morgan.

Chatelaine Triple Tested

These holiday-inspired florentine cookies are lacy, lightweight perfection. 


  • 1 1/3 cups sliced almonds, divided

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup

  • 2 tbsp 35% cream

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped glacé cherries

  • 1/2 cup chopped 70% dark chocolate


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

  • PULSE ¾ cup of the almonds in a food processor until ground. Transfer to a bowl and stir in remaining almonds, flour and salt.

  • COMBINE sugar, butter, corn syrup and cream in a small saucepan over medium-high, stirring until it comes to a boil. Boil 1 min.

  • REMOVE from heat and stir in vanilla and cherries. Stir into almond mixture until just combined. Let stand until dough is cool enough to handle, about 15 min.

  • SCOOP a heaping 1 tsp of dough and form into a ball with damp hands. Repeat. Arrange 3 in. apart on baking sheets. Bake until golden and thin, about 11 min. Repeat with remaining dough. Let cool completely on a rack.

  • MELT chocolate in microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 20 sec until smooth. Drizzle over florentines.

  • LET stand until chocolate is firm. Cookies will keep well in a covered container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition (per cookie)

Calories 69, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 8g, Fat 4g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 24mg.

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