Florentines, or Florentine biscuits, are a sweet Italian treat similar to cookies. Florentines are prepared with a caramelising batter that crisps in the oven. Their bottoms are coated in melted chocolate and often stuck onto another biscuit, forming a sweet sandwich-like cookie. Florentines require less than 25 minutes of preparation and baking time, and about one hour of cooling time. A basic Florentine recipe yields approximately two and a half dozen cookies.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 2 baking trays
- Waxed paper
- 2/3 cup butter
- Large skillet
- 2 1/8 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- Wooden spoon
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/8 cups dark chocolate chips
- Microwave-safe bowl
Preheat an oven to 191 degrees Celsius. Line two baking trays with waxed paper and set to the side.
Melt 2/3 cup butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in 2 1/8 cups quick-cooking oatmeal, 2/3 cup flour and 1 cup white sugar with a wooden spoon. Mix until the ingredients are well blended.
Add 1/3 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract to the skillet. Stir with the wooden spoon to blend the batter.
Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the lined baking trays, 2 inches apart.
Place the baking trays into the oven and bake for six to eight minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for one hour.
Pour 2 1/8 cups dark chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, remove and stir with a spoon to ensure the chips melt evenly. Repeat the microwaving and stirring process until the melted chocolate is smooth in texture.
Spread the melted chocolate onto the bottom of one cookie. Quickly stick the bottom of another cookie to the melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
Tips and warnings
- You can use white or milk chocolate chips instead of the dark chocolate chips, should you prefer.
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