miniature florentines

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  • add   1/2 cup sugar<br> 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter<br> 2 1/2 tablespoons mild honey<br> 2 tablespoons heavy cream<br> 2/3 cup sliced almonds<br> 1/4 cup finely chopped fine-quality candied orange peel* <br> 8 oz fine-quality bittersweet choc

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Boil sugar, butter, honey, and cream in a 1-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until creamy and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in almonds and orange peel (batter will be thin).
  3. Drop level 1/2 teaspoons of batter about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. (Batter will thicken as it cools; you may need to reheat for last few batches.) Bake in batches in middle of oven until golden brown and bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes. (Cookies will look runny at this point.) Cool cookies on sheets on racks until firm enough to be lifted, about 2 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely. (These cookies are very delicate; if they become too brittle to lift easily, return to oven to soften, about 1 minute.)
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, then remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat.
  5. Dip about one third of each cookie into chocolate, then transfer to a parchment-lined tray. Let stand until chocolate is set, about 1 hour.
  6. Cooks' note:
  7. • Cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax or parchment paper (do not overlap) and chilled in an airtight container, 1 week.
  8. * Available through Fauchon (866-308-5919) or The Baker's Catalogue (800-827-6836).