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Dark Chocolate Florentine Cookies

Submitted by: Stefan

Recipe Ingredients:
2 cups <a href="/nuts/almonds/sliced.html">Sliced Almonds</a>
2 tbsp all purpose flour
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, divided into 8 pieces
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp honey
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60-70% is best) - Chopped into small chunks
small container <a href="/driedfruit/glazedfruit/red-cherries.html">Glazed Red Cherries</a>

Cooking Directions:
1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Position your rack in the center of the oven.

2.  It is best to use a Non-Stick Florentine Pan, also known as a Muffin-Top Pan. This keeps the cookies from spreading in all directions when baking. Otherwise, line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat

3.  Stir the chopped almonds, flour and orange zest in a mixing bowl. Stir the sugar, butter, cream, and honey in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the almond mixture. Cool the batter for 20-30 minutes, stirring it occasionally. For each cookie, place 2 teaspoons of batter on your Florentine Pan or baking sheet, spacing evenly apart (remember, the cookies will spread). Flatten the batter slightly with a fork or your wet finger.

4.  Bake the cookies until they are lacy and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Gently place the cookies on a cooling rack and let them cool completely. Transfer the cookies to paper towels. Place a half candied cherry in the middle of each cookie.

5.  Stir the chocolate chunks in a double boiler over medium heat until the chocolate melts. Spread the melted chocolate over the bottom of all cookies. Allow to dry completely on cooling racks.

    Glazed Red Cherries Glazed Red Cherries
Glazed red cherries are used for fruitcakes and decorations. These delectable glazed cherries are moist and sugary. They make a gorgeous addition to holiday treats, thumbprint cookies and other baked goodies.

Sliced Almonds Sliced Almonds
Straight from California, these almonds are thinly sliced and easy to use when baking. They're also great for topping a string bean casserole or an almond cake.

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