Florentine Lace Cookies


Serves: 3
Total Calories: 1,328

Ingredients

* See note below.
1/4 cup brown sugar packed
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup pecans very finely chopped or almonds
2 tablespoons coffee or almond-flavored liqueur
Melted semisweet or white chocolate
Buttercream Frosting
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening solid
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
food color (optional)

Directions:

* "Lay these crispy cookies in a square wooden or tin box lined with a pretty lace doily or openwork hand towel." Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour baking sheets.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Stir in flour, nuts, and liqueur. Drop scant teaspoonfuls of batter 4 inches apart on baking sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes until golden. Cool 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheets until cookies can be removed, but are still warm and pliable. Remove one at a time with a spatula and curl around the handle of a wooden spoon slide off when crisp. If cookies harden before they are curled, return to oven for several seconds to soften. Drizzle with melted chocolate of your choice or pipe buttercream into ends of cookies.

Cover and store in a cool place.


Buttercream Frosting
Beat powdered sugar, butter, shortening, milk, vanilla, and almond extract in a small mixer bowl at low speed until blended. At medium-high speed, beat until light and fluffy. If desired, beat in food color, a drop at a time. Leftover frosting can be kept covered in the refrigerator for several weeks. Makes about 1 cup.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Sift together powdered sugar and 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Prepare as above.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 3
Total Calories: 1,328
Calories from Fat: 470



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