Ivy and Lace Tea: Lacy Florentines

I love lacy Florentines, a cross between a cookie and a candy.

½ cup heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
½ cup butter
2 cups very finely chopped toasted blanched almonds
¼ cup flour
1 cup finely diced candied orange peel
½ teaspoon almond extract

1 ½ cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Lightly grease two baking sheets.

To make the batter: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, sugar and butter, stirring until butter melts. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and add the almonds, flour, orange peel and almond extract.

Drop the batter by the tablespoonful on baking sheets. Using the back of a spoon dipped in water, flatter each cookie.

Bake for 11-12 minutes. Remove and cool on the pan for 1 minute. Transfer to rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze: Melt 1 cup of the chocolate. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1/3 cup chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth.

Spread the bottom of each cookie with the glaze. Run the tines of a fork through the chocolate in a wavy pattern and place the cookies back on the rack to set.