eggnog florentines

The classic Italian lace cookie gets a holiday twist in this recipe for eggnog florentines!
eggnog florentines

The.Boy and I did something so dirty yesterday.

I almost hesitate to tell you, but YOU GUYS. We share everything. Obviously.

Here goes. We ordered paper towels and toilet paper from Amazon Prime Now all because we didn’t feel like walking down the stairs and across the street to the nearest convenience store.

And had them delivered just over an hour after ordering (at no extra charge!!).

Is that the height of laziness or what? I feel like I should go climb a flight of stairs just for thinking about this, let alone ACTUALLY DOING IT. I disgust myself.


What I find most appalling is that I could spend hours scooping cookies, but ask me to run a five minute errand and I will just go bonkers. It’s incomprehensible.

Or actually totally comprehensible given the cookie in question. These eggnog florentines, for instance, did not take hours to scoop, though if they haaddd…I would have chalked it up to 50 shades of “WORTH IT”.

Crispy nutty lacy on the outside with eggnog cream filling on the inside. On a scale of 1 to 10, that’s a WOW.


Eggnog is actually my least favorite child of the holiday bunch. You see, my mom wasn’t really into giving raw eggs and alcohol to her children, so I never really had it until adulthood and by then it was too late.

And too thick. But mostly too late.

The flavor of eggnog, though, is a whole other story. Slightly custardy with a strong sense of spice, and something no Christmas should go without. The buttercream filling in this recipe mimics that flavor by having you mix hard-boiled egg yolks into the buttercream, along with a heavy hand of nutmeg and cloves, and just enough butter to bring it all together. It’s weird, but it works.

Eggnog Florentines
The classic Italian lace cookie gets a holiday twist in this recipe for eggnog florentines!
Yield: 3 dozen sandwich cookies
For the pecan florentines
  • 6 tbsp (45 g) all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (55 g) pecan halves
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup (130 g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
For the eggnog filling
  • 4 large eggs, hard-boiled
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2½ cups (300 g) confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ heaping tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp kosher salt
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, pecans, cinnamon and salt, until the nuts are very finely chopped, about 1 minute. Pour the nut mixture into a large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, heavy cream, and corn syrup over high heat. Bring to a boil. Allow it to boil for one full minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir together until well-combined. Set aside to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 tsp measure, scoop the dough into small balls and arrange them on the cookie sheets so that they are about 3 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are thin and golden brown, 8-9 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  5. For the filling, peel the hard-boiled eggs and separate the yolks from the whites. Set aside the whites for another use. Press the egg yolks through a fine-meshed sieve so that they achieve a powdery texture. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer along with the butter, confectioner's sugar, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Beat together until smooth. Raise the mixer speed to high and mix for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  6. Spread a spoonful of eggnog filling onto the bottom of a cookie. Gently press a second on top of it. Repeat with the remaining cookies and filling.
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich cookie

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From Around the Web:

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35 Responses to Eggnog Florentines

  1. What a fun, delicious twist on a classic! These are beautiful.
    And I’ve considered ordering things like paper towels using Amazon Prime, so don’t you worry. I have yet to do it but that day will definitely come, I am sure!

  2. debbie says:

    Great cookie….something different!

  3. That eggnog cream peaking through the crispy lace is a thing of beauty!

  4. Oh, Amazon Prime is like the best and worst thing that’s happened to me. And make no mistake – if these cookies could be delivered to my doorstep by tomorrow morning, I would totally order them.

  5. Would you believe I’ve never had a lace cookie in my life?! Um, yes. If I’m gonna start now I’m definitely gonna have to start with eggnog-flavored ones. 🙂

  6. Hey – these last couple of days the crowds have been insane at stores – the hour that Amazon Prime took to make their delivery is probably way quicker than it would have taken y’all!
    And you are not kidding – these beauts look like they would most definitely be 50 shades of worthy indeed! 🙂
    Loved your hilarious post Joanne!

  7. P says:

    These would probably taste so good with a warm mug of hot cocoa or a pumpkin latte 😀

  8. Julia says:

    You’ve got to prioritize your energy output in life, so I say if that means having TP delivered to your doorstep, you gotta do what you gotta do. And seriously, girl…I wish amazon was that johnny-on-the-spot in my area, because I’d never leave the house. EVAH!

    I’ve never had a florentine. I want one slash 12!

  9. Sues says:

    I am SO jealous you can use Amazon Prime Now… I hope it comes to Boston ASAP! This will be amazing when it starts to get all snowy and gross out.

    These cookies are right up my alley!!

  10. Meg says:

    Oooh, eggnog — I love it! These look fabulous. I can practically hear that delectable crunch!

  11. haha, you are hilarious! Amazon Prime is awesome. . you can’t deny it. And love these eggnog florentines! so creative to think of eggnog filling for pecan florentines! Wish I could have a few right now!

  12. Kinsey says:

    I, too, am not a huge fan of sipping eggnog–it’s just so cloying! But I can get behind the nutmeg flavors, especially when there’s a lace cookie involved. The buttercream sounds so intriguing, how is it that the hard-boiled eggs can turn into such a luscious frosting?!

  13. Heather says:

    That is the best thing ever. There’s are a few grocery store chains nearby that deliver and I would love to use that service, but we live right out of range. Sigh. I don’t even want to think about how busy the store will be when I arrive today.
    Those cookies, however… might make a trip worthwhile.

  14. SallyBR says:

    You order…. toilet paper from Prime.

    I think I’l need a drink. That is REALLY dirty

    At least you compensated the shock inflicted on your faithful readers with a fantastic platter of cookies

    I have florentines on my list of adventures for a long, long time. Longer than macarons…

  15. Those are so different and so pretty! They look amazing! I’m completely with you on liking eggnog as a flavour but not as a drink! It’s just too much to drink by itself. But I do like the flavour in things, so these sound pretty awesome!

  16. These look wonderful – cannot wait to try them!

  17. This would be GREAT with the white hot chocolate I just made :-))
    These days we order almost EVERYTHING from amazon…the postman wasn’t very happy about all the packages he had to carry last days :-((

  18. These florentines look very tasty, I wouldn’t mind trying this flavour 😀
    Eggnog is addictive enough as it is!

    Happy Holidays!
    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Know what you mean about eggnog – as it is the middle of summer down here almost at the bottom of the earth – for me eggnog doesn’t really have a Christmas association but like you Joanne do like the flavours – these Florentines look like a great way to enjoy eggnog flavours with the actual drink – and much better to stay home and cook then battle the store at this time of year:)

  20. Hotly Spiced says:

    I think if it was really cold outside, I’d be getting everything delivered as well. What a great twist on the traditional florentine. My mother used to give me egg nogs, but minus the alcohol. Merry Christmas to you and your husband and all your family xx

  21. i have never had eggnog but this year im determined to try it..

  22. Susan says:

    I love these lacy treats, Joanne! Here’s wishing you and that special boy a wonderful first Christmas together!

  23. Jessie says:

    Goodness, there really are no secrets on your blog, are there? 😉 We totally order TP and paper towels on Amazon all the time, but we don’t get them delivered in an hour like you lucky NYC folks!! No excuses needed — spending time on the things you like to do is important. Especially if that time is making these cookies, yum yum YUM!

    Happy Holidays, Joanne!

  24. Christine says:

    Had to laugh when I read about your “laziness”. When I got home from my stint in the hospital in Oct., I wasn’t allowed to drive. That’s when I discovered Von’s Delivery and Deliveer. Only planned to use them for the 3 weeks of nursing care, but I fell so in love with groceries coming to my door and into my kitchen that I’ve kept using them! Now there’s laziness 😛
    These cookies are delicious looking. I love eggnog! Merry Christmas to you and the.boy!

  25. I love Amazon Prime too, but I am thinking I am not using it as much as I could. Ha! I’ve always liked eggnog, but I was an adult before I even tasted it. Well luckily now we have pasteurized eggnog. You did a clever job with using it in these cookies.

  26. These florentine cookies look delicous, I love the sound of that eggnog filling. Merry Christmas!

  27. Mira says:

    Gorgeous cookies Joanne, definitely worth trying! Yeah, I heard Amazon prime was offering 1 hour delivery service, so since it is available in your zip code, why not trying it ? 🙂

  28. The only time I’ve ever had eggnog was in New York 🙂

  29. Sune Moolman says:

    I just had to laugh at your Amazon delivery. But this is the world we live in, right?
    Two thumbs up for these cookies, they look divine!

  30. Lynn says:

    Those cookies look so good!

    I just heard almost the same Amazon Prime story from another friend, who ordered toothpaste for the same reason from them. She heard that in NYC, you can get stuff the same day – I’ll have to confirm that to her. 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  31. Monica says:

    I love florentines and this one with the eggnog filling is totally inspired! This is how I’d prefer to enjoy eggnog, too. Happy Holidays to you, your hubby, and family! : )

  32. Sarah says:

    These florentines are beautiful! If I were to eat eggnog, this is how I’d like to eat it! 🙂

  33. Johanna GGG says:

    Me too – never got into eggnog – never one of our christmas drinks but I think spices always seem like a great thing! Brilliant to include them in a florentine – and at this time of year I think I understand you keeping your energies for cookies – that is right and proper

  34. Kate says:

    When I was in college there was a short-lived food delivery service. We used to order ice cream instead of just heading down the street to get it.

  35. grace says:

    i’ve never made florentines because i’m convinced i’d fail, but yours are lovely. magnificent use for eggnog!

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