Duomo Dark Chocolate Florentine Lace Cookies

Last Updated: April 25, 2024By
Duomo Dark Chocolate Florentine Lace Cookies Recipe by New England Innkeeper

This is the fairest picture on our planet, the most enchanting to look upon, the most satisfying to the eye and the spirit. To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature, and make a sympathetic one drunk with ecstasy.

— Mark Twain


Charlene M. Taubert

Last November, my husband and I got on a plane and flew 7 straight hours across the mighty Atlantic. To make the trip even more exciting, we were there celebrating our 10th year wedding anniversary AND it was my husband’s 40th birthday the day we arrived in Rome!

From Rome, we took the high-speed train on a 2-½ hour trek north through the countryside. Upon arrival, we backpacked our way through the city, deliberately avoiding cabs to truly experience all that was around us. A few glorious miles later, we checked into a beautiful roof-top suite at the Grand Amore Hotel and Spa in the heart of Florence.

Yes, we were very tired from traveling – but there’s no way we were just going to take a nap.

I’d waited an entire lifetime to walk the streets of Florence, Italy!

After getting settled in, we were out the door with a prepared list of everything we wanted to explore. First stop, of course, was a leisurely and scrumptious lunch with a bottle wine at a truly authentic Italian Trattoria.

The experience of seeing the Duomo in Florence, Italy for the first time…

Our second stop, very close to our hotel, was the magnificent structure called “The Duomo”.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (nicknamed the Duomo after the enormous octagonal dome on its east end) is the primary cathedral of Florence, Italy — and, arguably, the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is a true masterpiece of art and architecture that has been standing tall for over 700 years. Its intricate design and beautiful facade have made it one of the most iconic landmarks in the city and a must-see for any visitor.

The construction of the Duomo began in 1296 and was not completed until 1436, a testament to the dedication and skill of the architects and builders who worked tirelessly to bring the vision to life. The Cathedral’s famous dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, a brilliant architect and engineer who revolutionized the art of dome-building with his innovative techniques and designs.

Seeing the Duomo in person for the first time is an unforgettable experience. As you approach this storied Cathedral, you can’t help but be struck by the sheer size and beauty of its intricate design. The intricate marble facade, adorned with sculptures, leaves you in awe of the skill and craftsmanship of the architects and artists who built it.

But the beauty of the Duomo is not just in its physical appearance, it’s also in the history and culture that it represents. This ancient structure has played an important role in the religious and political life of Florence for centuries, serving as a symbol of the city’s power, wealth, and artistic achievements. It’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe and reverence as you stand before this historic monument, knowing that you are in the presence of something truly special.

While continuing our exploration through the streets of Firenze — and now sporting a gelato in one hand and cappuccino in the other — my eye caught the glare of sunbeams bouncing off of the building across the street, illuminating glass shelves packed with homemade sweets.

As I gravitated towards the window, I couldn’t believe the bountiful display of beautifully wrapped gifts and homemade candy, cakes, and cookies awaiting the next sweet-toothed traveler. As much as I love to create my own version of these things, I was like a kid in a candy store. Wait… I WAS the kid in a candy store!

There was one particular treat that stood out and I had to try — the famous Florentine Cookie. It is said that this cookie originated in Florence, Italy during the the Renaissance period, too. Maybe that’s why I now think of the Duomo every time I encounter one of these amazing cookies? It’s fun to wonder about what connects us with our memories.

Nonetheless, it seems to me like the perfect memory to share with you. With great pleasure, I bring you my version of a Florentine Cookie recipe. Traditionally, Florentine Cookies are made with almonds. My recipe calls for oatmeal in lieu of almonds. The cookies are lacy and crisp and taste like toffee – delicious, and they smell wonderful. The dark melted chocolate sandwiched in the middle turns this great cookie into something undeniably perfect.

Enjoy these Duomo Dark Chocolate Florentine Lace Cookies. And book your trip to Italy as soon as possible. Life is short… go see some greatness.

Here is the Full New England Innkeeper Recipe for…

Duomo Dark Chocolate Florentine Lace Cookies Recipe

Duomo Dark Chocolate Florentine Lace Cookies

Charlene M. Taubert
It is said that this cookie originated in Florence, Italy during the the Renaissance period.  Maybe that’s why I think of the Duomo every time I think of these cookies?
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Cookie
Servings 12 Sandwich Cookies


  • 2/3 Cup Melted Butter
  • 2 Cups Uncooked Instant Oatmeal
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Dark Chocolate Morsels


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat
  • Add instant oatmeal, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla extract and salt to the melted butter and mix well
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, drop balls of cookie dough onto cookie sheet. Make sure they are at least 3” inches apart (cookies will spread as they bake)
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately after taking cookies out of the oven, take a metal spatula and lightly round the cookie by pushing around the edges to create a perfect circle. Try to make sets of two that are the same size. This helps cookies fit together better after adding chocolate and creating a sandwich. Set aside
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, fill with water half-way and bring to a simmer. Pour dark chocolate chips into a heat-proof glass or metal bowl and set it on top of simmering water in sauce pan (you’ve just created your own double boiler!). Stir occasionally. As the chocolate chips melt, it will become easier to stir
  • When chocolate is completely melted, remove from heat but let it rest on the pan of water to keep melted consistency
  • Spread thin layer of melted chocolate onto flat side of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches.
  • Makes about a dozen sandwich cookies


Tip from the New England Innkeeper: Melt the chocolate chips slowly on the stove top with the double boiler. This allows the chocolate chips to melt slowly and evenly over indirect heat.

Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1 Sandwich CookieCalories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 175mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 3gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 326IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Keyword chocolate, cookie, dark chocolate, dessert, Italy, oatmeal, snack
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