Florentines
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Recipe type: Cookie Confection
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12
 
These lacy wafer-thin almond cookies is simply delectable! The nutty flavor, with orange zest, combined with edible lavender gives these cookies an amazing flavor burst in your mouth!! I can't stop eating them :-)
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups sliced, blanched almonds(about 5 ounces)
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange(about 2 Tbsp)
  • 3 tsp culinary lavender,finely ground [If you only want a light floral note, use 2 tsp]
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup (organic)
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper-this is a must, as the cookies will stick really badly if you don't (voice of experience~not funny).
  2. Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped, but not pasty.
  3. Stir together the nuts, flour, orange zest, culinary lavender, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Place the sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, then pour into almond mixture and stir just to combine. Set aside until cool enough to handle, 20-30 minutes.
  5. Scoop rounded teaspoons of batter and press into balls. Place on parchment covered cookie sheet with 3 to 4 inches between each cookie, since cookies will spread.(This is very important)
  6. Bake one cookie sheet at a time, and rotate ½ way through baking time, about 10-11 minutes. Cookies will be thin, golden brown color when done.
  7. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Optional chocolate topping:
  9. Place chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, stir often, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle melted chocolate over your lovely Florentines as desired, this is your creation :-) And then enjoy one of your delightful mouthwatering homemade cookies, and share some with your sweetie & friends :-)
  10. Store your Florentines carefully, separated by waxed paper, in an air-tight container for up to 3 days..if they last that long :-) Recipe adapted from TVFoodNetwork
Recipe by Lavender Lady - Hood River Lavender Farm at http://lavenderfarms.net/lavender-lady/2015/02/11/lavender-sweets-and-loving-memories/