Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 days of Christmas on Ellie Bakes, where I will be sharing a festive recipe every day until Christmas Eve. I think Christmas is the best time of the year for baking, and I have lots of great recipes to share!

These Florentines make brilliant last minute Christmas presents, and would also be great nibbles for a Christmas party. You can make bigger ones with larger biscuit cutters which would also be perfect for dunking in a cup of tea!


For the Florentines:

  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 70g honey
  • 70g flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 50g dried cherries
  • 40g dried cranberries and 10g crystallised ginger
  • 100g dark chocolate, melted

Swiss roll tin, lined with baking paper

Pre-heat your oven to 180 oC


  1. Put the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan and heat until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved.
  2. Pour into a bowl, add the flaked almonds and flour and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture in half, and add the cherries to one bowl and the cranberries and ginger to the other.
  4. Spread both mixtures into the tin and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown, then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  5. Once nearly cool, stamp shapes out of the Florentine using cookie cutters. I used stars and circles.
  6. Paint one side of each Florentine with chocolate and leave to set, then serve.


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