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Horizontal image of a stack of thin, caramelized cookies on a cooling rack over a tan napkin with oats scattered around them.

Lace Cookies

  • Author: Jennifer Swartvagher
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


Can you make a beautiful dessert with just a few simple ingredients? It’s certainly possible with these easy lace cookies.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, gently packed
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces melted chocolate (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line three half-size baking sheets with one silicone mat or parchment paper each.
  2. Whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in the egg and vanilla until completely combined.
  3. With a spoon or spatula, mix in the oats, flour, salt, and baking powder until completely combined. The mixture will resemble a thick yet soft and slightly runny batter.
  4. Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the batter and place 8 portions on a single baking sheet, leaving about 3 inches of space between each portion. Repeat with the remaining batter and baking sheets.
  5. Working in batches if necessary, transfer the baking sheets to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. The batter will spread significantly into thin rounds, and the edges will be a deep golden-brown color with slightly pale centers. If the cookies still look very pale, continue baking for an additional 2-5 minutes.
  6. Immediately remove the baking sheets from the oven. Allow the cookies to completely cool undisturbed on the baking sheets, about one hour.
  7. Using a small offset spatula, carefully remove each cookie from the silicone mat or parchment paper and serve.
  8. If using the melted chocolate, drizzle the tops of the cookies or create sandwiches. Allow the chocolate to harden completely before serving.
  9. To store lace cookies, gently place them on top of one another in an airtight container. Store them for up to one week at room temperature.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: lace, cookie, oat