Every year at the same time (mostly during my cookie baking marathon) I have this catchy tune in my mind. It’s called “In the christmas bakery” (“In der Weihnachtsbäckerei”) and it literally describes the chaos in my kitchen while baking cookies.  But this song is not the only thing that is the only tradition kept during my baking marathon. I have a particular recipe for cookies that has to be made every year. Those of you who examined my blog more carefully might already have a clue.  I am talking about my granny’s Florentine biscuits.

A small raggle-taggle heap of granny's Florentine biscuits. Behind that are two decorative sleighs with packages of Florentine biscuits and Christmas ornaments.

Close up of granny's Florentine biscuits. In the background are the golden dull christmas tree ornaments

Every year I visited my granny during christmas season to bake those cookies. And while waiting for them to be baked, we played dice. And we truly had a lot of time to play ’cause my granny always produced double the amount of cookie dough. The final result, a huge mountain of Florentine biscuits, was then split between three families: my uncle, my grandparents and my parents.

These are childhood memories I will never forget. You surely have some of those, too.

Close-up of granny's Florentine biscuits. Their bottom is covered in chocolate. Behind that is the golden dull christmas tree ornament

Close-up of the package of granny's Florentine biscuits

Unfortunately, I now have to go without playing a game of dice, but my granny’s Florentine biscuits are still fun to make. The recipe is easy-peasy and ready in no time. You only have put the ingredients into a cooking pot and mix them. With lightning speed you have a cookie dough that could be eaten raw without hesitation. You only have to place little dollops of dough onto a baking tray. And with a little bit of heat you got your own batch of Florentine biscuits.

Isn’t that brilliant? Here are the ingredients, you will need for my granny’s Florentine biscuits:

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Florentine Biscuits
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
  1. Use low heat to bring butter and cream to a boil.
  2. Add sugar and vanilla sugar and stir it with a wooden spoon until the sugar is almost dissolved.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients (flour, raisins, hazelnuts and almonds) and mix everything.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 338F/ 170°C (oven with air-circulation), use teespoons to place little dollops of dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes.
Recipe Notes

If you want to, you can dip the bottom of those Florentine biscuits into melted chocolate.

For a bit more colour, you can add candied orange and lemon peels and those super sweet cocktail cherries.

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Finally, I’ve got an advice for you: If you want to give away those cookies, you have to be quick. As soon as they are ready, they are gone. I even had to hide them otherwise there would be no cookies left to show you.

You can see the small decorative wooden sleighs and two heaps of three Florentine biscuits strung with a thread

With this in mind,

Squirrel a few cookies away.

View from above on a package of granny's Florentine biscuits which are held together with a thread.