Oatmeal Lace Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Dec 07, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 12, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

Oatmeal Lace Cookies are a thin, chewy oatmeal cookie with a deliciously sugary taste, that are stackable for easy gifting. Lace Cookies are made with just 7 staple ingredients and are so quick and easy to make! 

lace cookies with christmas garnish

Lace Cookies are named after their lacey appearance they receive when the sugar bubbles and creates tiny little gaps. They’re thin, crunchy cookies that caramelize as they bake!

Oatmeal lace cookies are dropped onto a lined cookie sheet by teaspoonful or with a cookie scoop and as they bake, they become flat, giving them their thin, chewy body.

These cookies are made by browning the butter which gives them a rich, nutty flavor. If you’re a fan of all things sweet and salty, you’ll LOVE these cookies! PS you can read more about brown butter here!

Lace Cookies are intricate and delicate, which makes them so deceiving because they couldn’t be easier to make! It’s no wonder why they’ve become a Pinterest sensation!

stack of lace cookies

The brown sugary, chewy texture of these Lace Cookies is out of this world – and addicting! If you loved my popular Better than Pecan Pie Cookies, I know you’ll be a fan of these lace cookies.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies are gluten free (just substitute rice flour) and low calorie, too!

They keep incredibly well, making them perfect for gifting! They’re so beautiful you don’t even need to decorate them! They’re also often referred to as Eyelet Lace Cookies.

They’re of course amazing on their own, but also make a beautiful accompaniment to an ice cream sundae!

closeup of oatmeal lace cookie

Lace Cookie Ingredients

Lace Cookies are made with just a few staple ingredients and take just a few minutes to make!

  • Butter – I always use salted butter in baking, but you can use salted or unsalted. It’s completely your preference! Since we’re browning it, it can be used straight out of the fridge! Use real butter, not margarine.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown Sugar gives these cookies they’re thin, crispy quality you can’t resist. It also offers a hint of irresistible molasses flavor!
  • Rolled Oats – This gives the cookies their texture and adds a little body. Oats are gluten free, but do often face cross-contamination. If you’re gluten intolerant, oats are just fine. If you have celiac, you want to opt for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats.
  • Vanilla – Just a hint of vanilla takes them over the top! You can use store bought our homemade vanilla.
  • Salt – Salt is completely optional, if you use salted butter, you may want to reduce if you’re not a fan of sweet and salty. However, I am and use both!
  • Egg – The essential ingredient to bond it all together. 
  • Flour – These ingredients are I always use all purpose flour, but if you would like a slightly healthier alternative, you can make them with white whole wheat flour or substitute one for one with rice flour to make them gluten free.

oatmeal lace cookies on linen napkin next to rosemary garnish

How to Make Lace Cookies

They’re incredibly fast and easy to make in just one dish. A pot, in fact!  No need to soften the butter when you’ll be browning it to perfection to caramelize the brown sugar.

You can see just how easy they are by watching the video in this post!

  • Brown butter in a saucepan until it turns brown in color and nutty in aroma. brown butter in a saucepan with blue napkin wrapped around handle
  • Remove from heat and mix in brown sugar, oats, vanilla and combine. adding brown butter to mixture
  • Add egg. adding egg to cookie batter
  • Stir in salt and flour. 
    adding flour and salt to lace cookie batter
  • Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake. dropping oatmeal cookies on parchment lined cookie sheet with scoop
  • Allow to cool to set. You’ll see them bubble as they cool creating lacy air pockets!

You don’t even need to refrigerate the dough!

Variations

  • Drizzle chocolate over the top or sandwich two together with chocolate!
  • Reduce oatmeal to 1 3/4 c rolled oats and add 1/2 c almonds to make Almond Lace Cookies!
  • Substitute vanilla with almond extract.
  • Add orange or lemon zest.
  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon instant coffee with sugar to add a hint of coffee flavor.
  • Add 2 tablespoons diced crystallized ginger for a nice ginger flavor.
  • Add chocolate chips to make them chocolate lace cookies!
  • Deglaze the brown butter pan with a tablespoon of whiskey – a reader suggestion we loved, too!

How to Store Oatmeal Lace Cookies

These cookies are best when crisp. When stored properly, they keep for 1-2 weeks at room temperature or refrigerated and up to 3 months in the freezer!

  1. Cool cookies before storing.
  2. Do not store with soft cookies. They’ll absorb the moisture.
  3. Glass or covered containers are ideal for storing crispy cookies (do not store in plastic as it will create moisture). 
  4. Store with wax paper. 
  5. Refrigerating cookies will also help keep them crisp.
  6. Freeze in a tin (to keep them from crumbling) for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to thaw.

You can get the printable Oatmeal Lace Cookies recipe below! If you make these Lace Cookies, please leave a 5 star review in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Tips for Making Lace Cookies

  • These are large cookies (and you deserve it!), should you choose to make them smaller, reduce baking time so the edges don’t burn.
  • Use real butter, not margarine. Margarine doesn’t brown and caramelize.
  • Allow to cool to set.

How to Gift Lace Cookies

stack lace cookies wrapped in cellophane with ribbon

They’re one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. They’re the perfect cookie to bring to a cookie exchange.

To gift, simply stack them in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon to gift to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers! 

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easy lace cookies recipe

Lace Cookies

Lace Cookies are a thin, chewy oatmeal cookie with a deliciously sugary taste, that are stackable for easy gifting. Oatmeal Lace Cookies are made with just 7 staple ingredients and are so quick and easy to make! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 90kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon flour all purpose

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, brown butter until it turns brown in color and nutty in aroma. Remove from heat.
  • In a mixing bowl or mixer, combine brown sugar, oats, vanilla and egg. Add brown butter. Mix until combined
  • Stir in salt and flour.
  • Using a cookie scoop, drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet leaving ample room to spread. Bake 6 minutes or until golden brown.

Video

Notes

Stack in cellophane favor bags and tie with a ribbon for a beautiful Christmas gift for friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and more!
These are large cookies (and you deserve it!), should you choose to make them smaller, reduce baking time so the edges don't burn.
Use real butter, not margarine. Margarine doesn't brown and caramelize.
Allow to cool to set.

Variations:

  • Drizzle or fill with chocolate.
  • Substitute some oatmeal with nuts or almond slices.
  • Substitute all purpose flour with rice flour to make them gluten free.

How to Store:

  1. Cool cookies before storing.
  2. Do not store with soft cookies. They'll absorb the moisture.
  3. Glass or covered containers are ideal for storing crispy cookies (do not store in plastic as it will create moisture). 
  4. Store with wax paper. 
  5. Refrigerating cookies will also help keep them crisp.
  6. Freeze in a tin (to keep them from crumbling) for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to thaw.

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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