Lace Cookies

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These thin and crispy Lace Cookies are an easy dessert, perfect for your Christmas cookie tray. They’re sweet, buttery caramels in crispy cookie form!

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

  • Light and crispy. Every bite of a lace cookie is like eating crispy cooked caramel. I just love how thin and dainty they are. This light dessert is perfect for those nights when you’re still full from dinner but want something sweet.
  • Super simple to make. Lace cookies are made with simple ingredients – butter, sugar and few other things that vary depending on the recipe. This means you can make them on a whim without having to run to the grocery store. Better yet, they come together in half an hour.
  • Great for the holidays. You can make this lace cookies recipe any time of year, but as mentioned above, they look particularly beautiful on a Christmas cookie tray!
A pile of crispy caramel cookies on a granite countertop.

What Are Lace Cookies?

A lace cookie is a very thin, crispy cookie that gets its name from its see-through, lace-like appearance. Some recipes use oats or chopped almonds. This one sticks with just flour, but it uses a mix of all-purpose and almond flour.

Combining the two flours resulted in the best lace cookies. Using only all-purpose flour produced a thinner cookie that lacked texture and flavor. Using all almond flour gave inconsistent spreading results upon baking. The two mixed together were just right!

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredient lineup for this recipe couldn’t be simpler. Everything you need is probably already stocked in your kitchen! For exact ingredient amounts, check out the recipe card below.

  • Unsalted butter
  • Packed brown sugar – Don’t use regular granulated sugar; it’ll brown, but it really lacks flavor. If you want that caramel-y taste, you need the brown sugar.
  • Milk – You could also use corn syrup, if desired. I made these cookies with both and didn’t notice a difference between them.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour – I highly recommend sticking with a mix of all-purpose flour and almond flour.
  • Salt
Lace cookies beside a glass bowl of sliced almonds.

How to Make Lace Cookies

This recipe is refreshingly easy. All you need to do is make your batter over the stove, bake the cookies for up to 10 minutes, and let them cool. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full set of directions.

  • Melt the butter and sugar. In a medium-sized saucepan, cook the butter, brown sugar, and milk over low heat. Stir the mixture regularly until the butter and sugar have melted.
  • Bring the pan to a boil. Turn the heat up to medium and cook the mixture just until it begins to boil.
  • Add the vanilla, flours, and salt. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the vanilla extract, flours, and salt, stirring until completely combined.
  • Let the mixture sit. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes, then scoop it in 1 1/2 teaspoon portions (half a tablespoon) onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden in color. Finally, allow the cookies to cool for 3-4 minutes, or until they’re firm enough to move, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
Lace cookies arranged on a surface with white doilies and almond slices.

Tips for Success

  • Don’t make the cookies too big. Lace cookies will spread out to become super thin as they bake, so be sure not to use more than 1 1/2 teaspoons of batter per cookie.
  • Don’t over-bake. Watch your cookies carefully after they’ve been baking for 5 or 6 minutes. Because they’re so thin, they’ll burn very quickly if you leave them in the oven for too long. Once they turn a nice golden color, they’re good to go.
  • Use real butter. Avoid using margarine or another butter substitute for lace cookies. The butter is what gives them their thin, crisp texture.
  • Don’t worry if the batter looks a little thick. The cookie dough mixture will thicken as it cools, but that won’t affect the outcome of the cookies.
  • Space the cookies 2-3 inches apart. They will spread quite a bit in the oven, so giving them some space is important.

Proper Storage

  • Countertop. Store your leftover lace cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. (Airtight containers are best, otherwise they’ll soften.) They’ll stay fresh and crispy for up to a week. Let the cookies cool completely before storing them.
  • Freezer. These cookies are freezer-friendly, too! Just freeze them in an airtight container, and they’ll last for up to 3 months. If you’d like, you can thaw them in the fridge and bring them to room temperature on the counter before serving.
Lace cookies stacked on a white counter with almond shavings.

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A Single Lace Cookie Propped Up Against a Stack of More Cookies
Recipe

Lace Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 40
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These thin and crispy lace cookies are a quick and easy treat made with just 7 ingredients. They’re sweet, buttery caramels in crispy cookie form!


Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons (84g) unsalted butter 
  • 2/3 cup (150g) packed brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/3 cup (43g) all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup (50g) almond flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and milk. Cook over low heat, stirring regularly, until butter and sugar have melted.
  3. Once butter and sugar are melted, turn heat up to medium and cook mixture just until it begins to boil.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, flours and salt, stirring until completely combined.
  5. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then drop by 1 1/2 teaspoons (half a tablespoon) onto prepared cookie sheet. Space cookies about 2-3 inches apart. The cookies will spread quite a bit in the oven. The cookie dough mixture will thicken as it cools, but that won’t affect the outcome of the cookies.
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden in color. Keep an eye on them towards the end of baking because they can burn quickly.
  7. Allow cookies to cool for 3-4 minutes or until they are firm enough to move, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Notes

  • To store. Store lace cookies in an airtight container. They should stay fresh and crispy for 5-7 days.
  • To freeze. Freeze these cookies in an airtight container, and they’ll last for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 3.3 g
  • Sodium: 16.1 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.6 mg

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About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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