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Florentine Fantasies

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 30 people

Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup 99g / 3.5ozButter - (1 stick)
2/3 cup 218g / 7.7ozLight corn syrup
1   Sliced almonds - (3.25 oz) - preferably blanched
1 cup 62g / 2.2ozAll-purpose flour
1/2 cup 80g / 2.8ozGolden raisins
1 tablespoon 15mlLemon juice
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozChopped candied red cherries
  (or a mixture of red and green cherries)
4 oz 113gSemisweet chocolate

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a 1-quart saucepan, heat butter and corn syrup until butter melts. Remove from heat. Stir in almonds, flour, raisins, lemon juice and cherries. Let stand 10 minutes.

Drop mixture, a tablespoonful at a time, on foil-lined cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies to allow them to spread Bake 12 minutes. Remove to wire rack.

When cookies are completely cool, melt chocolate. Spread chocolate on bottom of cookies. While chocolate is still warm, score the cookie backs with fork tines. Let chocolate harden.

Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yields about 2 1/2 dozen.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 12-07-1998 - This is adapted slightly from a recipe printed in the Milwaukee Journal several years ago


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