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Spiderweb Florentines

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Florentines may look as lacy and delicate as a spider' web, but they're very simple to prepare. The heat of the oven does most of the work, transforming mounds of the easy-to-make dough into thin, crisp, nutty cookies. Just add a fanciful drizzle of chocolate and they'll disappear before you can say, "Boo!" These are best the day they are made.

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  • Yield: Makes 22 cookies

Photography: Raymond Hom

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2013

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse together pecans and oats in a food processor until finely ground. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add sugars and honey and cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugars are melted and mixture is simmering, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pecan mixture, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  2. Mound 2 teaspoonfuls of dough, one on top of the other, to form each cookie; place 2 to 3 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten stacked mounds to 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Bake until cookies spread and are golden throughout, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

  3. Place chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted; remove from heat. Pour chocolate into a parchment cone or resealable plastic bag; snip off a tiny corner. Pipe chocolate onto each cookie in a spiral, working out from center. Pipe lines from outside in and back again, all the way around. Let set at room temperature or in refrigerator before serving.

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  • saldanay
    25 OCT, 2015
    This is a mess of a recipe! There's so much butter, the cookies get everything all greasy. To call these thin, greasy pieces of brittle candy "cookies" is insulting to real cookies. I am flabbergasted that this recipe made it out of the test kitchen. Too much work for a greasy, overly-sweet disappointment. Did I mention they're greasy? Waste of ingredients, time, & effort. They went smooth in the trash, which is exactly where this recipe belongs.
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  • CT718
    18 OCT, 2013
    I only got 12 cookies out of this. They are very tasty but rather hard to make. After the "dough" chills it just wants to crumble apart so I found it difficult to roll them into balls. Also, I don't think the chocolate is going to harden so the cookies will be tough to transport to the party.
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