Oatmeal Lace Cookies

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Photography Credit: Irvin Lin

Thin and crispy oatmeal lace cookies can seem magical if you have never made them before, but they are actually very easy.

Just melt sugar and butter, and then add the oats and flour to make a thin batter. Don’t be scared of how thin it seems!

The cookies spread and caramelize in the oven, creating a thin and crispy network of sugar that’s just substantial enough to hold the oats together.

Oatmeal Lace CookiesThe other secret to making this cookies is to spread the batter into a thin layer on the baking sheet so the cookies bake evenly.

If you just pile the cookie batter in heaping spoonfuls, the center of the cookie will be thicker than the edges. You want an even distribution of oats and a thin layer of batter to create the crispy, lacy magic.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Make sure to spread the batter into a thin layer on the cookie sheet so the oats are in a single flat layer before you bake them.

The cookies will continue to spread during baking, so make sure to place the cookie batter at least two inches apart.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (115 g or 1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (220 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 g) thick cut rolled oats

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2 Melt the butter and sugar: Place the butter and brown sugar in medium saucepan. Place over medium heat until the butter melts and the brown sugar dissolves into the liquid butter.

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3 Mix in the flour: Remove the pan from heat and stir in the flour, vanilla, and salt. The batter will be very thin. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.

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4 Mix in the egg and oats: Once the liquid has cooled (it’s OK if it is still warm, just not piping hot), add the egg and mix with a fork until incorporated. Add the oats and stir until well distributed.

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5 Divide and shape the cookies: Spoon 1 tablespoon of the batter onto the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches or more of space between each one. Use the back of a spoon to spread each cookie into a thin circle, so the oats are in a single layer. If you don't have enough room on one baking sheet, bake the cookies in batches.

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6 Bake the cookies: Bake in the oven for 8 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to turn dark golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the parchment paper. The cookies should peel easily from the parchment, but use an offset spatula if any are sticking.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days between sheets of parchment paper.

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Irvin Lin

Irvin Lin is an IACP award-winning photographer, food writer and recipe developer, blue-ribbon baker, public speaker and occasional social media consultant. His blog is Eat the Loveand his first cookbook is Marbled, Swirled and Layered.

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Oatmeal Lace Cookies

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  • Pam Bergheimer

    I am also wondering about the
    “Thick cut oats”. Can they be
    Quick cook? Is there any way
    they can be identified as “thick
    cut”?

  • Debra

    Is thick cut oats the same as steel cut oats?

  • Sue Hildebrand

    I made the oatmeal lace cookies and dipped one side in melted semi-sweet chocolate, then let them set in fridge. After chilling, place in an airtight container. One if my favorites. Delish!

  • Elizabeth @ Pineapples and Polka Dots

    Oh my, these look so yummy! They are perfect for a lunchbox treat. Thanks so much!

  • Sandra

    I am not familiar with “thick cut rolled oats” does anyone know where I can buy some or if there is another name for them?

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