Pistachio, cranberry and white chocolate florentines

With Mother’s Day nearly upon us and food sources limited, these Florentines can be made from a few store cupboard ingredients. Below are a few different flavour combination ideas but you can be as inventive as you like with what you have available.

They will make a lovely gift to give all those Mothers, Grannies and Grandmas out there, choose your toppings to suit your recipient!

Or they make a lovely treat to enjoy anytime, they are the perfect size to enjoy one or two or even three with a cup of tea!

Pistachio, Cranberry and White Chocolate Florentines    


55g Butter
55g Golden Caster Sugar or Demerara Sugar
55g Golden Syrup
55g Plain Flour
50g Cranberries
50g Pistachio nuts
150g White Chocolate

If Pistachio, Cranberry and White Chocolate aren’t for you, then try one of these variations.

Option 1

50g Mixed Peel
25g Sultanas
25g Glace Cherries
50g Flaked Almonds
150g Milk chocolate

Option 2

50g Flaked Almonds
50g Crystalized Ginger
150g Dark Chocolate


1) Pre heat the oven to 160c fan and line two large baking trays with a silicone baking sheet.
2) Warm the butter, sugar and syrup together in a pan making sure the sugar dissolves.
3) Finely chop the pistachio nuts and the cranberries. You can leave a few bigger pieces of nuts as they add a nice texture.
4) Once the sugar has dissolved add the flour and mix to a paste, then add the nuts and the cranberries or whatever toppings you are using.
5) Leave the mixture for a few minutes to thicken up slightly, if it gets too thick you can warm to loosen.
6) Place teaspoon sized balls of the mixture spaced out on your lined baking sheets, these can be flattened slightly with the back of your spoon. Keep them approx. 4cm apart so when they spread they don’t touch.
7) Bake for 8/10 minutes or until the mixture starts to bubble slightly and spreads. When first out of the oven the mixture is still quite pliable so you can neaten the edges into rounds.
8) Let them cool slightly and firm up before moving to a wire rack. Repeat this until all the mixture is used.
9) Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Once melted spread the chocolate over the individual biscuits and return to the rack until the chocolate has fully set.


These are now ready to enjoy, gift or both!

Kirsty Wilson Close

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Food Styling, Food Writing, Food Lover





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