Chocolate Peanut Florentines

posted by Schmitty 02-14-100 7:37 AM

Chocolate Peanut Florentines

4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted peanuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a cookie sheet.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flour, peanuts and vanilla.

Quickly drop the batter in 1/2 teaspoon mounds 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Using a small spatula, spread each mound into an even circle.

Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until browned, rotate the pan back to front halfway through baking time. Cool on the cookie sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate over hot, not simmering water. Spread a thin layer of chocolate over the bottom (flat side) of one cookie. Cover with another cookie and gently press together. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate the cookies to set the chocolate.

Yield: about 16 sandwich cookies

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