Nothing says how much you care than a homemade present – and these Florentines are so quick and easy.

Make them look really professional with a celophane bag and some ribbon.

Makes 12 biscuits

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes


  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 25g (1oz) light brown soft sugar
  • 100g (3½oz) Carnation Condensed Milk
  • 2 tsp plain flour
  • 150g (5½oz) mixed dried fruit and nuts such as apricots, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, toasted flaked almonds, desiccated coconut etc.
  • 85g (3oz) dark chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, (160C for fan ovens) or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Melt the butter and sugar in a non-stick saucepan stirring until combined.
  3. Add the condensed milk and heat until just bubbling.
  4. Stir in the plain flour and mix until smooth.
  5. Stir in the dried fruit and nuts.
  6. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake for about 12 minutes until turning golden brown at the edges.
  7. Leave to cool on the tray.
  8. When cool, melt the chocolate and spread a small amount on the flat side of the Florentine then drag a fork through the chocolate to make wavy lines.

Do you like to make homemade gifts?

Recipe and photo credit by-  Carnation


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.



  1. Judy Haughton-James
    November 26, 2011 / 1:53 pm

    These look beautiful and oh so delicious Clairejustine! It is a good thing I am now going to have breakfast in Jamaica as they are making me even more hungry!:)Take care and enjoy your weekend.

  2. Clairejustine
    November 26, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    Thanks Judy,It's cold and windy here but I'm just deciding whether or not to go out to the shops and get these ingredients,have a lovely weekend 🙂

  3. Fashion Confessions of a Mommy
    November 26, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    Great recipes. I love that raspberry salsa.

  4. Clairejustine
    November 27, 2011 / 4:13 pm

    @Fashion Confessions of a Mommy Thanks for the comment 🙂

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