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Made from only 6 ingredients, these easy lace cookies are ready in 30 minutes and they taste like sweet brown butter and caramel. Sandwich with a little chocolate for an extra special treat. Everyone loves these and they’re gluten free too!

Stack of easy lace cookies with Nutella filling

Welcome to day 7 of 2018 Sally’s Cookie Palooza! If you’re just joining us, here are all the recipes published so far:

Day 7 calls for something easy. So easy you’ll think you’re doing something wrong. Made from only 6 ingredients, these lace cookies are ready in 30 minutes and they taste like sweet brown butter and caramel. As if you took caramel, mixed it with brown butter, and made it into a thin and crispy cookie. THEY’RE HEAVEN.

Almond lace cookies recipe

What are Lace Cookies?

Lace cookies are very thin and crunchy cookies made from butter, sugar, salt, and other ingredients. The other ingredients vary depending on the recipe. Some recipes use oats and flour, other lace cookie recipes use nuts. Lace cookies get their name from their delicate and see-through appearance. My mom always used to make these– they’re a beautiful cookie!

Almond flour for lace cookies

How to Make Lace Cookies

In an effort to keep these gluten free AND to add elevated flavor, my lace cookie recipe uses almond flour. In addition to almond flour, you’ll also need: butter, brown sugar, salt, milk or corn syrup, and vanilla extract. That’s it!

  • The cookie dough is prepared on the stove. And I use the term “cookie dough” loosely as this is more like a cake batter. All the ingredients, except for the vanilla extract (stirred in later), are cooked for a few minutes in a saucepan before spooning onto the baking sheet. This cooking stage melts the ingredients together, while baking in the oven will create caramelized sugar and brown butter flavors.
  • No chilling the cookie dough. But let it rest for about 5 minutes. The cookie dough will slightly thicken, making spooning onto the baking sheets easier.
  • Only 1 scant teaspoon of cookie dough per cookie. Because they’ll spread!
  • Short baking time – only 8 minutes. The cookies won’t spread out at first, but around the 4 minute mark, they’ll begin their spreading journey! Listen to the butter sizzling around the edges. I love these unique cookies!

Forget everything I taught you about cookies over-spreading. You want lace cookies to be extra thin and crisp because that’s where all the caramelization happens. 🙂

Lace cookie dough in a stove pot and lace cookie dough on baking sheet

Thin and crisp lace cookies

Be Extra

Though lace cookies have the most interesting flavor and texture, it’s Christmastime which means we have to BE VERY EXTRA. Sandwich your lace cookies with a generous spread of Nutella or melted chocolate and prepare for the cookie sandwich of a lifetime. Can you truly think of a better flavor combination than butter, caramelized sugar, vanilla, almond, and chocolate?! Nutella can get a little messy, so if you’re gifting or traveling with the lace cookies– I suggest melted chocolate. Unlike Nutella, melted chocolate will set. I have instructions for chocolate in the recipe notes below.

Spreading Nutella filling onto lace cookies

Easy lace cookies with chocolate filling

With an ingredient line up like this, how can lace cookies not taste good?

I just love how quick and simple these are– much appreciated during the busy holiday season and PERFECT if you want a unique cookie recipe!

Easy lace cookies with Nutella filling

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Stack of easy lace cookies with Nutella filling

Easy Lace Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3032 cookies or 1516 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Made from only 6 ingredients, these lace cookies are ready in 30 minutes and they taste like sweet brown butter and caramel. Sandwich with a little chocolate for an extra special treat. Everyone loves these and they’re gluten free too!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup (115g; 1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup (130g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (75galmond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) light or dark corn syrup or milk*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/2 cup Nutella or melted chocolate (see note)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan on low heat. Once melted, add the brown sugar, almond flour, salt, and milk/corn syrup. Cook and whisk until sugar has dissolved and ingredients are completely combined, around 3-4 minutes. (Note: If melted butter is separating from the mixture, remove the pan from heat and vigorously whisk until it is all combined again. It will eventually come back together.)
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract. Mixture will be grainy and shiny. Allow cookie dough to sit and thicken for about 5-10 minutes as the oven preheats. The mixture will thicken as it cools down.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  4. Drop scant teaspoonfuls (1 scant teaspoon of mixture per cookie, not Tablespoon) 3 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown around the edges. The edges and centers will sizzle and bubble as the cookies bake!
  5. Allow cookies to cool for 5 full minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Cookies dry and crisp up as they cool.
  6. Once cool, enjoy cookies or sandwich with Nutella or melted chocolate. To sandwich, spread either Nutella or melted chocolate onto the bottom of one cooled cookie and sandwich with another. See recipe note if using chocolate.
  7. Cookies without Nutella/chocolate filling will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies with Nutella/chocolate will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Baked cookies, with or without Nutella/chocolate filling, freeze well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, if desired, before serving. You can prepare the cookie dough in steps 1 and 2, cover tightly once cooled, and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature, then continue with the recipe.
  2. Special Tools: Whisk | Measuring Cups | Silpat Baking Mat | Baking Sheet | Cooling Rack
  3. Almond Flour: I like using Bob’s Red Mill brand almond flour, found in the baking aisle of major grocery stores. If you can’t find almond flour in the store, you can make your own by simply pulsing almonds until they reach a gritty and rough flour-like consistency. Instead of almond flour, you can use the same amount of oat flour. (Buy oat flour or pulse whole oats into a flour.) All-purpose flour isn’t ideal because the cookies will not spread or caramelize. Some readers have used coconut flour, but note that the taste and texture is off. I strongly recommend almond flour.
  4. Either 1 Tablespoon of milk or corn syrup works in this lace cookie recipe. You need a liquid and the resulting cookie tastes exactly the same no matter which you choose. I prefer corn syrup because I find it makes the cookies just a *little* crispier.
  5. Nutella can get a little messy, so if you’re gifting or traveling with the lace cookies– I suggest using melted chocolate for sandwiching the cookies. Unlike Nutella, melted chocolate will set. Instead of sandwiching, try dunking the cookies in melted chocolate or drizzling the chocolate on top. Whichever way you prefer, use about 6-8 ounces of chopped semi-sweet chocolate. (I like Ghirardelli or Bakers brand, both found in the baking aisle.) Melt the chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 15-second increments, stopping and stirring after each until completely smooth. Sandwich, dip, or drizzle onto cooled cookies. Allow chocolate to set completely in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Hi Sally,

    I’m glad you mentioned weather conditions above. Last year I made these for my Christmas cookies trays and spread them with Nutella and they were a surprise hit. This year I had a lot of trouble with them. Super thin cookies in puddles of butter. I really think the temperature and humidity made a difference. I believe it was warmer and more humid here in GA this year compared to last year. I’ll have to try them again when it’s colder and drier to see if they come out better, because I love these.

    All the best,

    Kathy

  2. Loves these cookies, always a hit. I use Lyles Golden Syrup in place of corn syrup and they come out great. Only takes 5 minutes in the oven. Prefer melted chocolate chips for the filling. Easy recipe.

  3. These are beyond easy to make and I’m so happy they’re gluten free. I used betterine butter to make them dairy free and they came out perfecto. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I conducted an experiment and baked these on a silicone baking mat, parchment and nonstick aluminum foil. This recipe should only be made on silicone baking mats. There was excessive spreading on foil and parchment but especially on parchment. If you make these cookies, you must use a silicone baking mat because they had the perfect amt of spreading. If you want to use foil or parchment you need to tweak the recipe by reducing the butter or adding more almond flour to avoid excessive spreading. With that said, these cookies were delicious! I made them into sandwich cookies using melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.

  5. I followed the recipe exactly and the first tray spread out really thin and was too dark. They are extremely greasy and so thin and crisp that they crumbly. I ended up adding 1/4 more almond flour and 2 tbs of regular flour which helped make them a little more substantial. I melted milk chocolate chips and made sandwich cookies. They are delicious!

    1. Hi Joan, it shouldn’t– it would make them a little softer but certainly not soggy.

    1. Hi Laura, Ground almonds have a bit more rough texture than almond flour. For the best results we recommend purchasing almond flour instead of ground almonds if you are not blending your own.

  6. Lace cookies are my absolute favorite cookie and yours look delicious! If I wanted to make a dairy-free version, what would you recommend in place of the butter and milk?

    1. Hi Susan! We haven’t tested a completely dairy-free version of these cookies. You can use corn syrup in place of the milk, but we haven’t substituted anything for the butter. You could try a plant-based butter, but we’re unsure of the results. Let us know if you give anything a try!

  7. The first time I made this recipe, they came out perfectly – crispy and crunchy and delicious. The last two times, the butter separated and, no matter how much I whisked, wouldn’t
    reincorporate. I added more almnod flour a little at a time, but they just got so crumbly that, after baking and waiting 5 minutes, when I tried to move them to the cooling racks, they just fell apart. Please help!!!

    1. Hi Sophia, If you remove the pan from the stove and whisk vigorously, the mixture will come back together. Thanks for trying this recipe!

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