florentine

Pronunciation: [FLOHR-uhn-teen; FLAWR-uhn-teen]

Though Austrian bakers are credited with inventing these cookies, their name implies an Italian heritage. They're a mixture of butter, sugar, cream, honey, candied fruit (and sometimes nuts) cooked in a saucepan before being dropped into mounds onto a cookie sheet and baked. The chewy, candylike florentines often have a chocolate coating on one side.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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