These lacy cookies may appear difficult to make, but they are actually very quick and easy, with plenty of orange zest to balance out the buttery caramel-nut flavors. Simply bring sugar, butter, and a few other ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, mix with almonds and flour, and drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a baking sheet. No creaming the butter; no need for a stand mixer, rolling pin, or cookie cutters. Try dipping in our Sabayon recipe, another Italian classic dessert.
Game plan: Don’t store the florentines in a container with other cookies, because the moisture from the other cookies will cause the florentines to lose their crispness.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy-Easy Christmas Cookies.