Toasted Sesame Florentines
October 21, 2022 by admin

Florentines, also known as lace cookies because of their thin and delicate structure, were something I tried for the first time a few years ago at an upscale pastry shop. As beautiful as they were, the sweetness was overwhelming. I resolved to figure out my own recipe that would enable me to eat more than one! My take on Florentines is not overly sweet, rather it’s the white chocolate drizzle that adds a touch of sweetness that pairs beautifully with the toasted sesame, orange and the other flavours in the cookie. You can also sandwich them if you like, by connecting them with white chocolate for a stacked little treat. These are great with a cup of tea or coffee, and have the most “snap” the day they’re made!


  • 1/2 cup (65g) toasted sesame
  • 1/4 cup (37g) roasted salted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup (30g) almond slivers
  • 1/4 cup (36g) roasted salted sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (13g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp 35% whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 tbsp (42g) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g white chocolate
  • Zest of 1/2 orange (3g)


Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, combine sesame, nuts, flour, zest and salt – whisk together. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter to a boil. Continue to cook while boiling for 1min to ensure all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and pour over dry mixture. Stir together well using a silicone spatula. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of the mixture into a ball, place onto baking sheet and flatten top slightly. Florentines will spread significantly, so only bake about 4 at a time depending on the size of your baking sheet. Bake approximately 7min, rotating the pan 5 minutes in. Watch your first batch closely to gauge how long is the perfect time, you don’t want these getting too brown just a nice light golden shade.
Remove from oven, gently shape edges if desired. Let cool on baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes, or until they feel firm enough to remove and transfer onto a cooling rack. Be very gentle, these are fragile and so thin! Wipe any excess residue off parchment paper with a paper towel and reuse for the next batch.
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave at 50% power – 1minute, stir, 1 minute, stir, then 30 second increments until fully melted. Transfer to piping bag and cut a tiny hole. Place Florentines on the same parchment paper and firmly and quickly drizzle white chocolate across them. Place in fridge to set.

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