Have you ever had a florentine? A lacy, crisp little cookie with caramelized sugar, almonds, and a swirl of dark chocolate. These are one of my husband’s all-time favorite cookies. They sell them in a quaint little bakery in Boston’s Italian North End neighborhood that is both a local favorite and a magnet for tourists.
In fact, when we were in Florence on our honeymoon, Josh had us stop in every bakery we passed, searching for the city’s namesake cookie. Desperately hoping to try the “real thing,” we were sorely disappointed. We found plenty of delicious treats in Florence–hearty Tuscan ribollita, killer dark chocolate sorbetto, complex Chianti–but no florentines.