Easy Chocolate Florentines Recipe

This super easy chocolate florentines recipe is perfect for the Christmas holidays! I find it so rewarding to make something from scratch (just like when I created my easy shortcrust pastry mince pies recipe) and I know you will too. Crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle and smothered in glorious dark chocolate – florentine biscuits are a rich and indulgent treat that should be enjoyed by everyone! There’s even a really easy vegan option in this post. Want to know more? Read on…

Chocolate florentines on a worktop with dried cranberries scattered around them

Chocolate florentines are such a satisfying biscuit to make. Watching them spread on that baking tray is like watching your children grow! It’s just so exciting and one of those bakes that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside, you know? 

They’re ideal for having in the biscuit tin when guest come over during the holidays but they’d also make a really beautiful homemade gift too. Simply wrap in clear cellophane and tie with curling ribbon to make them look the part. Plus, they keep well for ages too! Meaning you can make them ahead of time. Win.

Chocolate florentines in a stack with dried cranberries scattered around them

Can I substitute florentine recipe ingredients?

Without a doubt! Everyone has different tastes so it’s understandable that this is an inevitable part of baking at home. Here are some tips to help you substitute without a hitch…

  • Don’t like dark chocolate? Use milk, white or even chocolate orange instead. Whatever takes your fancy!
  • Not a fan of cranberries? You could use raisins, sultanas, glacé cherries or dried cherries in their place.
  • Don’t want to include cornflakes? Switch them out for 50g of candied peel for a fruitier, chewier florentine.
  • Can’t get golden syrup? Light corn syrup or agave nectar are your friends. (Although note that this will affect the overall flavour.)

 

Chocolate florentines on a worktop with dried cranberries scattered around them

What chocolate should you use for florentines?

This is all down to interpretation. Traditionally, dark chocolate is used which can be very rich and sometimes bitter. If you stay down this road, make sure you use the best you can afford as this plays a big part in the overall flavour of florentines. If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, use a good quality milk chocolate instead. Feel like experimenting? Go nuts! Try Terry’s Chocolate Orange, white chocolate, your favourite branded chocolate… whatever your heart desires. Any will work just fine.

Chocolate florentines in a stack with dried cranberries scattered around them

How do you get florentines off the baking tray?

100% the most fool proof thing you can do is make sure you line your baking tray first. I like to use a reusable silicone mat but baking paper will work well too. A lot of it is in the timing though. Leave freshly baked florentines on the tray for a few minutes to cool/begin to harden, then carefully slide them onto a flat spatula and transfer to a cooling rack. Although, if they just won’t come off and are stuck to the tray – pop them back into the oven for a minute to warm and loosen a little before trying again.

Chocolate florentines on a worktop with dried cranberries scattered around them

Are florentines expensive to make?

They may use slightly pricier ingredients than most biscuits but this florentines recipe isn’t that expensive to make, no. Because you get so many biscuits out of such a small amount of dough, you don’t actually need much of each ingredient – making your pennies stretch a little bit further 🙂

Chocolate florentines in a stack with dried cranberries scattered around them

How long do chocolate florentines keep for?

This is one of the best bits about this florentines recipe – they keep well for ages!! Chocolate florentines will easily last for up to 1 month when stored in an air tight container in a cool, dry place. One of the many reasons why this makes a great homemade gift as you can make them a litte in advance, taking some of the stress out of Christmas!

Chocolate florentines on a worktop with dried cranberries scattered around them

Can I make this florentines recipe vegan?

You absolutely can, yes! Simply switch out the butter for a vegan alternative (such as Flora Buttery) and make sure you use vegan chocolate. A lot of dark chocolate is accidentally vegan anyway but do always check the labels, especially if you’re making them for allergy sufferers. Please also note that regular Kellogs Cornflakes are not vegan (due to the vitamin D used) so either make sure the cornflakes you get are vegan friendly or switch them out for 50g of candied peel instead.

Chocolate florentines in a stack with dried cranberries scattered around them

Helpful Florentines recipe tips

  • Chop all your ingredients quite finely to ensure you get a nice, thin florentine.
  • Use the best quality chocolate you can afford as this will play a big part in the overall flavour of your florentines.
  • Keep a close eye on the chocolate when spreading it onto the florentines and forking on the pattern. It can set quickly and make this tricky!
  • Make sure you allow plenty of room between each florentine on your baking tray, as they spread a lot.
  • Keep a tea towel nearby during the decorating part of this recipe, things are likely to get a bit messy!

 

Chocolate florentines on a worktop with dried cranberries scattered around them

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Chocolate florentines in a stack with dried cranberries scattered around them

Easy Chocolate Florentines Recipe

Here is what you will need to make 15-18.

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)

  • 25g (1/4 Cup) Dried Cranberries, finely chopped
  • 25g (1/4 Cup) Flaked Almonds, finely chopped
  • 25g (1/4 Cup) Walnuts, finely chopped
  • 15g (1/8 Cup) Cornflakes, crushed
  • 50g (1/4 Cup) Butter
  • 50g (1/4 Cup) Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 50g (1.8 oz) Golden Syrup
  • 50g (1/3 Cup) Plain Flour
  • 200g (7 oz) Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces

 

Essential Equipment

  • Large baking tray
  • Silicone baking mat or baking paper
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Small Bowl
  • Fork

 

NOTES: Not a fan of an ingredient? See the ‘Can I substitute florentine recipe ingredients’ section earlier on in this post for tips.

 

First preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C and line a large baking tray with a silicone baking mat or baking paper. Set to one side until needed.

If you haven’t already, prepare your ingredients. Finely chop the cranberries (25g | 1/4 Cup), flaked almonds (25g | 1/4 Cup) and walnuts (25g | 1/4 Cup) then crush the cornflakes (15g | 1/8 Cup) with your hands.

finely chopped nuts, cranberries and cornflakes on a green chopping board

Next, weigh the butter (50g | 1/4 Cup), sugar (50g | 1/4 Cup) and golden syrup (50g | 1.8 oz) into a medium sized saucepan.

butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan

Then melt it all gently over a low heat until smooth – this will act as the ‘glue’ for our florentines.

butter, sugar and golden syrup melted in a saucepan

Next, add in the flour (50g | 1/3 Cup) and all the prepared ingredients from earlier. (Cranberries, flaked almonds, walnuts and cornflakes.) Give it a really good stir until you get a very wet ‘dough’.

florentine dry ingredients added into the wet ingredients in a saucepan

florentine cookies mixture in a saucepan

Now we have our florentines dough, it’s time to do some baking!

How to bake florentines

Take a teaspoon sized portion of florentine ‘dough’ and place it onto a lined baking tray. Try and keep in a rough ball shape if you can, then repeat for up to 5 more on the same tray. (Depending how big your tray is of course) Make sure you leave PLENTY of room between each one as florentines spread a lot while baking.

small balls of florentine cookie dough spaced out on a large baking tray lined with a silicone mat

Bake for 8-10 mins until golden and thin. If you’ve been watching them while they’ve been in the oven – you’ll notice that the bubbling subsides almost completely by the end of the cooking time.

Baked florentine cookies spaced out on a large baking tray lined with a silicone mat

Allow them to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes until they’re just firm enough to handle. Then carefully slide a flat rubber spatula underneath and transfer them over to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat these steps until all the dough has been used up. You should get around 15-18 florentine biscuits.

Florentine cookies on a cooling rack

How to decorate florentine biscuits

Once the florentines have completely cooled, it’s time to melt the chocolate (200g | 7 oz). Break it into a small bowl then heat in 10 second intervals in the microwave until two thirds melted. Make sure you stir well between each time! When the chocolate is two thirds melted, don’t heat anymore – just stir stir stir until completely melted. (This is the easiest way to temper chocolate so you get that lovely shine! Just don’t allow the chocolate to get too hot for this to work.)

melted dark chocolate in a white bowl with a green spatula

Then dollop a teaspoon full of melted chocolate onto the back of a florentine and spread it out thinly to coat the whole side.

Florentine cookies on a cooling rack with dark chocolate being spread on them

Here’s where you will have to use your own judgement – the fork pattern. You have to time it just right. Leave it too late and the chocolate will have begun setting, making your pattern look ‘scraped’ and unslightly. Do it too early and the pattern won’t appear very difined. You have to do it somewhere in the middle. Have faith my friend – I believe in you! You will totally find the sweet spot, I know it!

Scrape the fork along a florentine (at just the right time) in wiggly lines. Then repeat for the remaining florentines and allow to set at room temperature.

Florentine cookies on a cooling rack topped with melted dark chocolate - using a fork to drag a wavey line pattern into the top.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature and consume within 1 month.

Chocolate florentines on a worktop with dried cranberries scattered around them

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Chocolate florentines on a worktop with dried cranberries scattered around them

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Easy Chocolate Florentines Recipe

Easy Chocolate Florentines Recipe

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

This chocolate florentines recipe is not only easy to follow but yields a rich and indulgent biscuit that is crunchy on the edges and chewy in the middle. They also keep well for a long time, making them a perfect homemade Christmas gift!

Ingredients

  • 50g (1/4 Cup) Butter
  • 50g (1/4 Cup) Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 50g (1.8 oz) Golden Syrup
  • 50g (1/3 Cup) Plain Flour
  • 25g (1/4 Cup) Dried Cranberries, finely chopped
  • 25g (1/4 Cup) Flaked Almonds, finely chopped
  • 25g (1/4 Cup) Walnuts, finely chopped
  • 15g (1/8 Cup) Cornflakes, crushed
  • 200g (7 oz) Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces

Essential Equipment

  • Large baking tray
  • Silicone baking mat or baking paper
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Small Bowl
  • Fork

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C and line the baking tray with a silicone mat or baking paper.
  2. Add the butter, sugar and golden syrup to a saucepan and melt gently over a low heat.
  3. Add the flour, cranberries, almonds, walnuts and cornflakes to the pan and mix well to form a wet dough.
  4. Take a teaspoon of the dough and place onto the lined baking sheet. Roughly keep in a ball shape. Repeat for 5 more - ensuring you leave PLENTY of space between each one for spreading.
  5. Bake for 8 - 10 mins until golden. Allow to cool slightly / harden a little on the tray then transfer to a wire rack to cool using a flat spatula. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate in a small bowl in 10 second intervals in the microwave. Stir well between each time then, when two thirds melted, continue stirring (no more heating) until completely melted.
  7. Place a teaspoon sized blob of melted chocolate on the back of a florentine and smooth out to cover the whole side.
  8. Just before the chocolate starts to set, scrape a fork through the chocolate in wiggly lines to create a pretty pattern.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each florentine cookie.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature and consume within 1 month.
  • Wrap in clear cellophane and tie with ribbon or curling ribbon to make beautiful homemade gifts.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 160 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 43mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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