Christmas Recipes


Candy cookies? These sweet chocolate-orange cookies are so luscious and chewy, they taste just like candy.

Florentines were invented by Austrian bakers and traditionally contain butter, sugar, cream, honey and candied fruit. Often, one side is dipped into chocolate.


Yield: 5 dozen cookies


  • 3/4 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 pound candied orange peel, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 2 bars (4 ounces each) sweet baking chocolate


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease and flour cookie sheet.
  2. Stir whipping cream and sugar together until well blended.
  3. Stir in almonds, orange peel and flour. Dough will be very thin.
  4. Drop by scant teaspoonsful onto cookie sheet. Flatten with knife or spatula.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or just until cookies brown lightly around edges.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.
  7. Melt chocolate bars over low heat. Turn cookies over; spread with chocolate.
  8. Allow to dry for 8 hours at room temperature or until chocolate becomes firm.
  9. Store in covered container or in refrigerator.


Watch these cookies carefully because they brown quickly.


Per serving: Calories 50 (Calories from Fat 35); Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 2g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 0mg; Total Carbohydrate 3g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 1g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 2 %; Calcium 0%; Iron 2 %

Exchanges: 1 Fat

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Recipe and photo used with permission from: Betty Crocker

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