Crisp and delicious Florentine cookies recipe for the holidays.
Florentines are French cookies that are delightfully thin and crisp yet with a bit of a chew and a delectable chocolate layer. They taste buttery like caramel with a nuttiness that makes them perfect for the holidays.
This version of these cookies is meant to be vegan and gluten-free, but if you prefer the classic version, use the substitutions indicated in the ingredients list below. Unfortunately, the classic version will be higher in fat and calories, so beware.
These delicious cookies are highly addictive and won't last long on the dessert tray, so be prepared to make a second batch!
(Makes 36 cookies | Serving size = 1 cookie)
1, 1/2 cups raw almonds, finely chopped
1/2 cup unsalted plant-based butter (or dairy-based butter)
3/4 cup golden monkfruit sweetener (or coconut sugar, or granulated sugar)
1/4 cup bee-free Honee (or honey)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
3 tablespoons Cassava flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 cup cacao nibs, melted (or dark chocolate chips)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone liner and set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat combine butter, golden monkfruit sweetener, and honey. Stir regularly until melted and dissolved. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add vanilla extract, salt, and flour, and whisk until smooth. Add chopped almonds and mix with a spatula until everything is combined.
Drop batter by the spoonful onto the prepared sheet pan. Shape into a disk and make sure the cookies are evenly spaced. Bake until golden brown and a bit darker around the outsides (10 to 12 minutes).
Remove from the oven and slide the liner/parchment paper off the sheet pan and directly onto the countertop. Allow to sit until cool and crisp (3 to 5 minutes) then gently peel cookies off the liner/parchment paper.
Repeat with remaining batches.
Dip the flat side of one cookie into the melted chocolate and let the excess drip off. Place a second cookie, flat-side down, on top to make a sandwich and press very gently to seal. Repeat to form remaining cookies. Alternately, one surface can be dipped with chocolate and turned chocolate side up. Let sit until chocolate has firmed up (about 30 minutes).
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 70 | total fat = 5.32g | saturated fat = 1.7g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 36.5mg | carbohydrates = 7.96g | dietary fibre = 1.4g | sugars = 2.09g | protein = 1.47g