ITALIAN FLORENTINE’S – Create Beautiful Desserts

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Are you ready for some lip-smacking deliciousness?

Over the years, I’ve tried many Italian Florentine Cookie recipes. Most of them have very similar ingredients, but today I found one with Toasted Coconut & Oatmeal. In my mind, that was a tad bit unusual but since I love both, I figured I’d give it a try.  Geez . . . I’m sure glad I did.  These desserts were rated 5 star, by my “not really a dessert lover” husband!

I’m excited to share this post, because these cookies keep very well for several days, and there are so many beautiful ways to use these delicate lace like cookies.

Take a look . . .

Day one  – Florentines with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream & Raspberries

Day 2 –  Chocolate Dipped Cream Horns with Walnuts & Almond Whipped Cream

 or . . . You can simply eat them as a cookie!

You could also just drizzle sweet chocolate on a single Florentine.

Come on . . . Get into your kitchen and we’ll make them together! 

You will need:  Butter, Oatmeal, Sugar, Flour, Light corn syrup, Cream, Vanilla, Sliced Almonds, Toasted Coconut.

 You don’t even need an electric mixer . . . Just a large bowl & a wooden spoon!

Important Note:  Make  sure that you either use parchment paper, or a silpat on your large cookie sheets.  DO NOT put more than 12 cookies per sheet.  You can only use 1 Teaspoon . . . I’m serious!  They will spread.  Use the back of a spoon or your fingers to flatten the little balls.  Moisten your spoon or fingers just slightly, and then it won’t stick!

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven (1 cookie sheet at a time) for about 6 minutes.  Watch very closely, as they don’t take long to cook.  You want them to be a nice golden brown color.  Let them cool just a bit, and then remove the cookies to parchment paper to cool.

I wanted to also show you that you can use Cream Horn Molds, and quickly shape the WARM florentine around it.  If you want to make several of these, then you’ll want to make your cookies slightly bigger, so that it covers the length of your mold.  *I just wanted to show you your options!  You can find these molds at nice Cookware stores or online.

Just look at these very delicate Florentine cookies or Cannoli horns . . . Handle them with care!

Now that you have all your cookies done, it’s time to Melt some Chocolate.

This is optional of course, but it sure does make them extra delicious!

Note: I simply melted 2 large size Symphony Bars.  Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate or both would also be scrumptious.  Before I melt the chocolate, I add 1 tablespoon of Crisco shortening.  This is optional of course, but it puts a very nice gloss in the chocolate, and it stays smooth and doesn’t seize up quickly.  You can work with it much longer. Use your favorite chocolate.

Now take another cookie . . . and give it a top.

You can also decorate the Florentine Horns or Cannoli’s, by dipping the ends of each horn in the melted Chocolate.  Sprinkle chopped Almonds, Walnuts or Hazelnuts over the chocolate.  Set on Parchment paper to setup.

 Just place them on some Parchment paper, and set the cookie sheet in a cool room, so that the chocolate can set up.  My garage is cold, and it only took seconds! To store these cookies, I just left them on Cookie Sheets, and simply placed the wax paper over the top.  When you are ready to make beautiful desserts, you can Whip up some Vanilla Bean or Almond flavored Whipped Cream.  If you prefer, you could make Italian Swiss Buttercream or fill the Cannoli’s with Bavarian Cream, and grab some raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc. to garnish with.

I put the Whipped Cream in a Pastry Bag, and used a Closed Star Tip to make it even prettier.

Hint:  Use Powdered Sugar instead of White Sugar to sweeten the Whipping cream.  It will hold it’s shape much longer.

CAUTION:  Extreme deliciousness!  You’ll feel like your eating a spectacular dessert in a fancy Restaurant!

ITALIAN FLORENTINES

Yield:  A single recipe made 40 cookies and 10 small Cream Horns

  • 2/3 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 cup chopped sliced Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Toasted Coconut
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup Cream + 1 Tablespoon (for the florentine cookie dough)  
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 oz. bag of semi or Milk Chocolate chips + 1 Tablespoon Crisco Shortening
  • Whipped cream sweetened with sugar for the center of the cookies or cream Horns

*I used 2 large size Symphony Bars + 1 Tablespoon Crisco Shortening instead

DIRECTIONS:

In a glass bowl, melt butter then add the Oatmeal, sugar, flour, cream and vanilla.  Stir well then add the corn syrup. Stir in the Sliced Almonds & Toasted Coconut just until mixed.  Line your pans with parchment paper or silpats.  Drop mix using only 1 Teaspoon of dough.  On a large Cookie sheet, do place more than 12 little cookies. They will spread out thin, so you need at least 2 to 2 1/2 inches between each drop of dough.  Spread with spatula, the back of a spoon, or the tips of moistened fingers.  Try to keep a round shape.

Bake for 6 minutes in a pre-heated 375 degree oven, or until golden.  Watch them carefully…..they burn easily!  Only cook on sheet pan at a time.

Let them cool just slightly, and with a turner, remove them from baking tray and place on parchment paper to thoroughly cool.  (Be careful….these are fragile little cookies!)

Now . . . Melt your chocolate.  I used Symphony Chocolate Bars.  Break up the chocolate in small pieces. This next part is optional, but it truly helps:  Add 1 Tablespoon of Crisco Oil to the chocolate.  Place your bowl of Chocolate in the microwave, and check it every 25 seconds . . . stirring after each segment, until the chocolate is melted.  Don’t let it get too warm, or you’ll ruin it.  Take it from the microwave, just before the last small piece of chocolate has melted all the way.  Just continue stirring until that small piece is melted.

Take a small spatula and spread chocolate onto the smooth side of one cookie.  Now sandwich another cookie on the top. Place the cookies on parchment paper lined baking trays.  Put them in the fridge or place in a cool room so that the chocolate can set up.  A cold Garage works in seconds.

Enjoy!  Store these on Cookie sheets with waxed paper in between each layer.  Top with another layer of wax paper.  They will keep for days.

Whip Cream to sandwich in between Florentines.  Add Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, etc . . . to garnish.

Fill Cream Horns with Whipped Cream, Bavarian Cream etc.

 

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  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty.com - February 22, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    HOLY COW ARE YOU SERIOUS?! These look A-mazing! I can’t wait to try them 🙂 Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie M. - February 22, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    Those look so completely perfect! I love each variation.ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - February 22, 2011 - 11:35 pm

    They are so beautiful! What a gorgeous treat. Florentines are sooooo delicious.

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • fuatgencal - February 23, 2011 - 12:37 am

    Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.

    Saygılar.ReplyCancel

  • Jun - February 23, 2011 - 2:11 am

    I heart this a lot!!! Thanks for sharing!!! The photos are beautiful too!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - February 23, 2011 - 7:57 am

    those look fabulous, and I always love all the step by step photos on your blog 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks - February 23, 2011 - 8:50 am

    I’ve never had a florentine but I think I see them in my future! These look amazing! Thanks for posting.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - February 23, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Hello I just wanted to write and tell you THANK YOU! I love your blog and it inspires me to make something yummy often. It is clear you put a lot of time and effort into your posts with pictures and detailed instruction. I thought you might want to know it is appreciated! I have also told others about your blog and they have been inspired too. So thanks! Keep the great recipes coming.ReplyCancel

  • jessica - February 23, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    MAMMA MIA!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Öcal-Mutfak - February 24, 2011 - 4:30 am

    in a word, spectacular.!! Photos, annotated expression is great. I love your blog, I follow you. good day.ReplyCancel

  • In Katrina's Kitchen - February 24, 2011 - 6:07 am

    How did I survive without your blog?! I LOVE this post!!!! Oh my! I’m VERY impressed!!!!! COngrats on Top 9!! I sent some buzz your way! – KatrinaReplyCancel

  • Blog is the New Black - February 24, 2011 - 7:18 am

    Great pics, great recipe, great blog. Congrats on top 9! So glad I found your site! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stella - February 24, 2011 - 7:18 am

    Congrats on the Top 9! I made a Florentine post (pecan and cocoa nibs in mine) recently too. I use them almost weekly on my dessert menus at the restaurant where I work, in many of the ways that you’ve showcased. But funnily enough, I never thought of showing people all of their alternative uses! Ha. Thanks for highlighting the versatility of these beautiful, tasty cookies. And job well done on making them so extraordinarily thin! Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • sensiblecooking - February 24, 2011 - 10:31 am

    You really got the baking skills Jonna. Those florentine looks to die for. You have inspired me so much I am gonna try to bake. I might burn the house down but who cares as long as I can make mine look as good as your.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Carter - February 24, 2011 - 10:50 am

    WOW MOM! You live 5 minutes away and you couldn’t even bring some of those divine looking treats down to me! You seem to amaze me every day with your posts. I think that is one recipe that I won’t be about to make unless I have a lesson from the master! You will just have to bring some to my house instead of to your neighbors! Hint Hint. Love You Tons!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Murphy Tripp - February 24, 2011 - 11:38 am

    Wow-wow-wow-wow!!!! The things you turned them into on day 1 and day 2 look like the last two things I want to eat before I die!!!!! *print* Whoa. Thanks for sharing…and now I’ll just get off my butt and bake something 😉 (for real)ReplyCancel

  • Tricia N - February 24, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    These look awesome, I can’t wait to try. The biggest decision is which one!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - February 24, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    How gorgeous! These look asbolutely delightful…very beautiful presentation! I am definately saving this!

    Your site is so lovely!

    xx,
    TammyReplyCancel

  • Leslie - February 26, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous, your recipe sounds amazing! I am a big fan of oatmeal and coconut myself. I can’t wait to try making these, thanks!
    LeslieReplyCancel

  • Lot-O-Choc - February 27, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Your photos look so mouth watering, especially the cream in between the florentines! Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • A to Z - food and travel - March 1, 2011 - 7:44 am

    Amazing what you baked here! I love Cannolis and I am pretty sure I’ll give a try to your recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty.com - April 27, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    Ok, so I’m re-visiting these because I’m coordinating a wedding this weekend. I’m providing snacks in the bridal room and I wanted some “classy” desserts and finger foods. These would be perfect. I am trying to stay away from chocolate as to not be messy… especially for the bride. These look like they won’t be messy! So I’m trying them this weekend!!! I will let you know how they go!ReplyCancel

  • juno - August 22, 2011 - 11:24 am

    These look scrumptious! Do you suggest to use something besides coconut though?ReplyCancel

  • liz carlin - November 21, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    So far I have tried two recipes. This one looks just right.ReplyCancel

  • Denise - March 12, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    Does it matter what kind of oats I use? i have old-fashioned at home.ReplyCancel

  • Denise L - March 12, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    What type of oats should I use, instant or old-fashioned?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - March 13, 2012 - 7:45 pm

      Hi Denise,
      I used instant, but I believe the Old-fashioned would also work just as well.
      They are delicious!
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • margaret - August 28, 2012 - 4:43 am

    these look amazing!

    do you use cooked or uncooked oatmeal??ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - August 29, 2012 - 1:14 pm

      Hi Margaret,

      Please use uncooked oatmeal.
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • ToBakeOrToBurn - October 18, 2012 - 8:58 am

    I did those last week, they were amazing! So moist! Lovely recipe, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - November 9, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    I think the butter quantity is double what’s needed, and unfortunately I added the 1/4 cup cream into the cookie dough. Way too greasy.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - April 1, 2014 - 6:36 pm

      1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cream is added to the dough.
      The dough is meant to spread out very thin…..very thin when baking. Paper thin!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - December 15, 2012 - 8:14 am

    SO I shouldn’t add cream to the cookie mixture? Looking at your response to someone’s comment…that’s what you indicated. But your directions say “In a glass bowl, melt butter then add the Oatmeal, sugar, flour, cream and vanilla. Stir well then add the corn syrup. Stir in the Sliced Almonds & Toasted Coconut just until mixed.”

    Double checking, cause I wanted to make these today for a cookie exchange party…they look delicious!!!

    ***Hi Nicole,

    Yes…you will need at least 1/4 cup of cream for the florentines and possibly that extra tablespoon.
    You will whip extra cream, sweetened with sugar to fill the cookies and horns.

    JonnaReplyCancel

  • Veda - March 31, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    I am completely confuse. Do I add the whipping cream to the
    dough or not? Reading the two comments above mine. You told Rachael that her problem was adding the cream to the cookie dough.
    Then you told Nicole that she needed to add the cream to the cookie mixture.

    Could you please clarify this for me?

    Thank you for your help.

    VedaReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - April 1, 2014 - 6:40 pm

      Hi Veda,

      I’m so sorry for the confusion.
      Yes, the recipe calls for adding 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cream to the florentine dough. It also calls for 2/3 cup butter.
      The dough will spread out drastically while baking making them very thin! . . . paper thin!
      Any other cream used is just whipped & sweetened to use between the cookie layers.
      I hope this helps a bit.
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Lauren - November 30, 2014 - 9:04 am

    You say cream. Is there a certain kind? Is heavy cream the same as whipping cream? I always get confused with this.
    Thank youReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - December 1, 2014 - 4:23 pm

      Hi Lauren,

      Yes, just look for whipping cream that says heavy cream. It is just thicker cream. It should be in the small cartons close to the milk in the refrigerator section of the
      grocery store.

      Thanks so much,
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Lucie - November 7, 2015 - 3:32 pm

    Hey! I’m baking these right now and they are amazing. Superb recipe — thank you so much.ReplyCancel