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Some florentines and pages from a book

Vegan Florentines

A simple way to make Florentines
4.99 from 51 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: Festive Cookies, vegan cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 12 florentines
Calories: 204kcal
Author: FreyaE


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Saucepan and wooden spoon
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Baking sheets lined with greaseproof paper


  • ¼ cup Vegan Butter
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • ¾ cup Almonds roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest (or Orange)
  • ½ cup Dried Fruit Such as raisins, cranberries, currants. If they are quite dry, I recommend just soaking them for about 10 minutes first in a little hot water to plump them up. Make sure you drain them thoroughly afterwards.
  • ¼ cup Glace Cherries Chopped. A mixture of colours is fun and very retro.
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • tablespoon Gluten Free Plain Flour or use regular flour
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat oven to 170c.
  • In a small pan, melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup. You could also do this in a small dish in the microwave, melting at 1 minute intervals.
  • In another bowl, combine the nuts, zest and dried fruit. Sprinkle the flour over the top and mix through, so that everything is coated.
  • Pour this mixture into your pan or bowl with the melted butter/sugars and combine thoroughly.
  • Now, I use a tablespoon measuring spoon that I spray with a little oil to stop everything sticking too much, but a teaspoon or any spoon will do!
  • Drop tablespoon size dollops of the mixture onto your prepared baking sheets, making sure you leave plenty of space around them (see photo) as they will spread a lot during cooking!
    Florentines waiting for the oven
  • Bake for about 5 minutes, or until golden.
  • Leave them to cool on the baking sheets, then remove to a cooling rack ONLY once they are no longer flexible (they will fall apart otherwise).
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl at 30 second blasts in the microwave.
  • Using a spoon, gently drizzle the melted chocolate onto one side of your florentines. Let the chocolate set for a minute or so, and then go over the chocolate with the prongs of a fork, to give the distinctive florentine swirl. Let cool completely and then enjoy!
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Serving: 25g | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg