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[ITJB Challenge] Week 2 - Florentine Cookies

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loydb

[ITJB Challenge] Week 2 - Florentine Cookies

These were tasty, I enjoyed the chewy butterscotch and chocolate. I have to agree that I liked them just as much without any chocolate at all. I think if I were to do it again, I'd get some orange-infused bittersweet chocolate for them - my 66% bittersweet/33% milk choc. was too sweet IMO -- I liked the Mohn bars better.

Baking Notes:

  • Panning these up required every flat cooking surface I owned. Fortunately, it was really cold and windy outside, so I could put an (empty) fresh-out-of-the-oven sheet pan on the back porch, and it was cold within 3-4 minutes.
  • I ended up adding an extra half cup of flour to get the batter out of the 'runny' stage
  • Don't put them in a sealed container for the wife to take to school, or they end up adhering to one another...

 

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Janetcook

Loyd,

When I received my copy of the book this is the first recipe that caught my eye as my kids love them and I had never seen a recipe for them before....my baking repertoire, up until a couple of weeks ago, consisted of bread.  I had the page for these marked and was planning on baking them sometime this week so I appreciate your comments about the chocolate, flour increase and the flat baking sheets...I am thinking I will cut the recipe in half and maybe skip the chocolate all together but will have to see how the week pans out...today it is chocolate biscotti out of ABAP......a bit tamer than lace cookies :-)

By the way, did you use a pastry bag or just a spoon to put the 'dough' onto your sheets?

Janet

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loydb

I made gooey 'quenelles' with a pair of teaspoons. Let's just stay they weren't perfect circles :)

 

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Janetcook

I am definitely halving the recipe!  My daughter would kill me if I made that many - she is an aspiring ballerina with a penchant for sweet things... :-)

Thanks for the photo....I will be cognizant of the spreading factor thanks to your 'documentation' :-)

Janet