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

Florentine Biscuits

These Florentine Biscuits are delightful cookies topped with a buttery glaze, almonds, cherries and then coated with melted chocolate.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Western
Keyword Christmas cookies
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 30
Calories 158 kcal
Author sanna


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

  • 50 grams honey
  • 50 grams butter
  • 50 grams light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50 grams all-purpose flour
  • 75 grams maraschino cherries
  • 75 grams flaked almonds
  • 150 grams dark chocolate chopped


Make the biscuits

  1. 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.

  2. Wrap the ball of dough in plastic. Chill in the fridge for one hour.

Make the Topping

  1. In a saucepan, melt together butter, sugar, honey, 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

Nutrition Facts
Florentine Biscuits
Amount Per Serving (1 biscuit)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.