Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm not bragging

Ave loves to paint and draw.......

Lord, please be upside-down shoulder pads

And I'm not bragging.

Ave loves to eat spinach......

For lunch......

And I'm not bragging.

Ave loves to talk about life.......

Really, I'm not bragging.

Ave loves to bake, cook, and eat.

I on the other hand, like to bake Christmas goodies.

Almond chocolate florentine cookies

The process

Put everything but chocolate in a bowl.

Combine well

Put level teaspoon on baking sheet

Dip your small knife in warm water

With a knife, press and smooth each cookie until flat

Bake until lightly golden around edges 

Chocolate spread process

Melt chocolate over stove, or microwave

Add almond extract

Spread on one cookie and top second cookie, making a sandwich 

Almond chocolate
florentine cookies


Preheat oven to 375

2/3 cup melted butter
2 cups quick oats
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pure almond extract
2 cups quality milk chocolate chips


In large bowl mix together, butter, oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Drop by level teaspoon about 3 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Spread thinly with a small spatula, or knife. Bake for 6-7 minutes or just until the edges start to brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

For chocolate sauce

Place chocolate chips in double boiler, or microwave and melt; add almond extract. Spread the chocolate on the flat half of one cookie/wafer(about a tablespoon worth) and place a second cookie/wafer, with no chocolate on top, making a sandwich.

Mercy, these are good.

They have just the right amount of chewiness,  a little crispy on the sides, and the middle has that hint of almond with the rich chocolate.

And I'm not bragging.


  1. Aww, I miss little Ave. Gigi was sad we couldn't go to the Christmas program tonight. Playdate during Xmas break for sure!!!

  2. Well, you all have enough on your plate, plus, not much fun for you. The kids would have looked all fuzzy:)

  3. Your daughter is so cute! Definitely great that she loves spinach! And those cookies look so tasty!

  4. I am so making these, my dad will love them as a gift:)

  5. Yes you are! You know what else might be good in those....NUTELLA!

  6. For sure, but what about you know who, who doesn't like hazelnuts?:)Her name start with an L.