Florentine Biscuits

These Florentine Biscuits are delightful treats perfect as desserts or as holiday homebaked gifts. The buttery and sweet dough topped with almonds, cherries, and a sweet buttery topping is finished with a coating of melted chocolate.

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These Florentine biscuits are sweet dough topped with almonds, cherries, and a sweet buttery topping then finished with a coating of melted chocolate. #cookiesrecipe #chocolatecookies #Christmascookies

Nothing warms my heart like the coziness of holiday baking. I love how baking cookies, cakes and bread suddenly feels more special come Holiday time. The delicious baking aroma, a mug of hot chocolate and the cold, gloomy weather, are my favorite things. The perfect reason for staying in on a cold, cold night.

These Florentine biscuits always make it to my holiday baking list. They are festive with almonds and cherries on top, and the coating of dark chocolate takes these delicious biscuits to the next level.

Florentine biscuits on a plate.

These are no ordinary cookies. These are basically sweet pastries topped with a Florentine topping made of almonds and cherries fused together with a delicious mixture of melted butter and sugar.

Florentine Biscuits are made of three elements:

  • The buttery and sweet biscuit
  • The Florentine Topping: almonds and cherries set together with melted butter, honey and sugar
  • The melted chocolate coating

Florentine biscuits on a plate.

Making Florentine Biscuits

  1. Make the Biscuits Dough-the dough has a texture similar to a shortbread crust, or tart crust. You start off by beating together the butter, sugar, and vanilla using a mixer until the mixture is creamy. Add in the flour and cinnamon and using a spatula, incorporate everything together until the mixture is moist enough to form a soft dough. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for one hour. A collage showing how to make the dough for Florentine biscuits, First is the creaming of butter and sugar. Next is the adding of flour mixture. Then shaping the dough into a ball. then the rolled out dough for cutting out circles.
  2. Make the Florentine topping. Melt together butter, sugar, and salt over medium heat in a saucepan. Once melted, turn off the heat and stir in the flour until incorporated. Stir in the almonds and cherries. Set mixture aside to cool. Cooking the Florentine topping for the biscuits on a pan in the stove top.
  3. Form the Biscuits- On a floured board, roll the dough into 1/8 inch thickness. Cut circles using a cutter that is 2 and 1/2 inches in diameter. Gather remaining dough and re-roll to the same thickness and cut out more circles, as many as you can until all the dough is used up. Place the circles on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Top with the Florentine mixture and bake for 12 minutes or until the topping has melted and the biscuits are golden. The assembled Florentine biscuits before and after baking.
  4. Finish with a Coating of Dark Chocolate. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave, heating it for about 15 minutes at a time until the surface is shiny. Stir chocolate until smooth and dip each biscuit until 1/4 of the circle is covered in chocolate. Coating the biscuits in melted chocolate.

Florentine biscuits are not only lovely in appearance but they are also guaranteed to delight you with their surface studded with delicious goodies.

Eat them as you cozy up with a drink and a blanket, or wrap them up in pretty tins and give them away as holiday gifts. I hope you enjoy making these and I wish this year is your best Holiday baking ever 🙂

Freshly baked Florentine biscuits lined up on a tray.

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Florentine biscuits on a plate.

Florentine Biscuits

These Florentine Biscuits are delightful cookies topped with a buttery glaze, almonds, cherries and then coated with melted chocolate.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Christmas cookies
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 30
Calories: 154kcal
Author: sanna

Ingredients

For the Biscuits

  • 175 grams salted butter softened
  • 85 grams light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 225 grams all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Florentine Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 75 grams maraschino cherries about 10-14 pieces, chopped
  • 3/4 cup flaked almonds
  • 150 grams dark chocolate chopped

Instructions

Make the biscuits

  • In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the flour and the cinnamon and use a spatula to incorporate them into the ingredients, stirring until the mixture is moist enough to form a soft ball of dough.
  • Wrap the ball of dough in plastic. Chill in the fridge for one hour.

Make the Topping

  • In a saucepan, melt together butter, sugar, and salt. Turn off heat and stir in the flour until dissolved. Stir in almonds and the cherries. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Assemble Florentine Biscuits and Bake

  • On a floured surface, roll the dough into 1/8 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter that is 2 and 1/2 inches in diameter and cut out as many circles as you can. Gather remaining dough and roll again to the same thickness and cut out more circles until all the dough is used up.  Place every circular dough on prepared baking sheets, giving them about an inch space in between.
  • Spoon the topping into each dough until all the topping is used up. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or so, until the topping is melted and the biscuits golden. Let cool.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave. Heat it for 15 seconds at a time until chocolate is shiny. Stir chocolate to melt completely.
    Dip each cooled biscuit until about 1/4 of the circle is covered. Place each biscuit back on the baking tray until the chocolate is set. Store in tightly covered container for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • Use an offset metal spatula to transfer the cut-out biscuits dough from your rolling surface to the baking sheets.
  • As you melt the chocolate in the microwave, note that it will not completely melt into a fluid state right away. The chocolate surface will be shiny but will still hold its shape. Stir it immediately to melt it completely.
 
 
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food
Nutrition Facts
Florentine Biscuits
Amount Per Serving (1 biscuit)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 196IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
These Florentine biscuits are sweet dough topped with almonds, cherries, and a sweet buttery topping then finished with a coating of melted chocolate.

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