Chef John's Florentine cookies are easy to make, adaptable, and a great gift idea — just stack them up in a box and tie them with a bow!


If you asked the average person to name their five favorite cookies, these lace cookies, also known as Florentine cookies, wouldn’t make it on to many of those lists, which is kind of surprising for several reasons. First of all, they’re incredibly simple to prepare, and the dough, or batter, only takes minutes to make. They are also very adaptable, and the same technique works beautifully no matter which nuts or type of chocolate you use.  

Maybe it’s the fact that these are closer to a candy than a cookie, but whatever the reason, they are very much underrated. You can also add “durable” to their list of adjectives, which is why they make for such a great edible gift. Of course, if you do plan on giving these away you’ll have to make twice as many as you think you need. They are dangerously addictive, and I consider them to be the potato chips of cookies. 

Please note, the baking time given here is only a rough estimate, since depending on the particulars of your pan, oven, and portion size, your actual time might be a few minutes off either way. So forget about time and go by appearance instead. These should be baked until golden brown, with a slightly darker golden brown ring around the outside… around the outside, around the outside. 

Once they're cool, and crisp, they are ready to be spread and sandwiched with chocolate. Or, if you’re one of these people who are only able to eat one cookie at a time, you can drizzle the chocolate over the tops instead. Speaking of cool and crisp, while these are still warm, you can roll, or bend them into whatever shapes you want. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is nice, but imagine how much nicer it would be served in an edible lace cookie cup. So, whether you make these as shown, or bend them to you will, I really do hope you give them a try soon. Enjoy!  

Get the recipe for Chef John's Lace Cookies (Florentine Cookies).

Lace Cookies (Florentine Cookies)
Lace Cookies (Florentine Cookies)

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