Christmas Goodies

Milk Chocolate Florentines Recipe

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Florentine cookies remind me of doilies.  You know, those lacy pieces of fabric on Grandma’s coffee table?  That’s what Florentine cookies look like to me.  I love these light, crispy, textured cookies, especially during the holidays.  They offer a nice crunch, but are still delicate.  They have a pop of chocolate in the middle, but it’s not overwhelming.  And they are a brown sugar/buttery flavor that melts in your mouth after you take a bite.  Sounds pretty yummy, right?  These are really fun to make, too, because they aren’t your average cookie!

What you need:

  • 2/3 cup butter  (melted)
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or you can really add flavor by using almond extract)
  • 1 package milk chocolate chips OR chocolate candy coating

Make them:

Preheat that oven to 375 degrees.  You can either aluminum foil or parchment paper on the cookie sheet. Just be sure to grease it with Pam spray or butter!

In a medium-sized pan, over medium heat, melt the butter.  While that’s melting, in a bowl, stir the oats, flour, salt and sugar.  Once the butter has melted, add the dry mixture and stir until it’s nice and evenly mixed.  Take the pan off the heat. Stir in the corn syrup, milk and vanilla (or almond extract if you wanna get sassy).

Grab about a teaspoonful of the dough (it’s not your average dough, so don’t freak out if it looks a little different) and plop them about 3 inches apart on the greased cookie sheet.  Remember – these babies will flatten and spread, so give them some space!  Bake for 5-8 minutes. Take them out when they have a golden brown color.  Compare them to my photo above to get the right color.  You don’t want to take them out too early, because they will fall apart.  You don’t want to leave them in too long because they will burn quickly.  Just watch them.  Let them cool before you remove them from the cookie sheet.  I see this instruction a lot in recipes I read – and I always ignore it.  But for these, you need to let them cool.  It doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

Melt the chocolate chips or candy coating. I prefer candy coating melt because I can keep heating it and it won’t burn like chocolate chips do.  It also hardens quicker.  Match up cookies by getting two of them that are about the same size and shape.  Spread some melted chocolate on one, then top it with another cookie and squish it down a little to make it stay.

Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, put on your favorite comfy slippers and turn on some binge-worthy Netflix.  Dunk your cookies and keep on munching!  Be careful – these are super addictive! 🙂

Hungry for more? Check out more fun recipes!

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious. If you’re a normal person that loves to bake or cook and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

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