Florentines

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Florentines are rich, round cookies made of caramelized toasted nuts and candied fruit, baked until golden brown, and then coated with dark chocolate. The contrasting textures and tastes make this pastry so special. Florentines are enormously popular worldwide but, like the savory dish “Eggs Florentine”, they seem to have very little to do with the city of Florence. Unfortunately, disinformation often travels fast, and many sources erroneously claim that these delicious cookies originated in Florence. It is possible that the “Florentine” attribution arose from the Medici sisters’ influential presence in France, since they originally hailed from Florence.