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Easy Lace Cookies Recipe

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This Lace Cookies Recipe is easy yet delicious. With just a few ingredients, you can have a batch of these thin, crispy, and chewy cookies in no time.

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One of my favorite things to do with my baby girls is bake cookies. We like to eat them when they are warm out of the oven and we will snack on them for days to come. These lace cookies , also known as oatmeal lace cookies, are no exception and they are so easy to make. 

If you haven’t heard of lace cookies, they are the cutest thing. They are thin, crunchy cookies that somewhat look like lace. If you pick one up, you can see the cute little lace patterns. And if you’re a fan of thin cookies, then these are perfect for you.

lace cookies stacked on top of each other

I also love a thin cookie, like these thin and crispy chocolate chip pecan cookies. These lace cookies take it to another level when it comes to crispiness. They’re not only crispy, but they also have a slight nice chewy component. 

Ingredients Needed for this Recipe

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients: 

  • Softened butter
  • White sugar
  • Egg
  • Molasses
  • Vanilla extract
  • Old fashioned oatmeal
  • Flour
  • Salt

You’ve probably got all of those in your pantry. If so, let’s get baking…

How to make Lace cookies

Move the rack to the middle rack in your oven and preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Prepare a baking sheet by adding parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I love my silicone mat for baking cookies, nothing ever sticks. 

In a stand mixer, mix softened butter and white sugar on low speed until thoroughly combined.  If your butter is not softened, you can always soften butter quickly in about 10 minutes.

Then add in in egg, molasses, and vanilla extract.

Mix until combined. Then mix in oatmeal, flour, and salt. Mix until combined. 

Add your cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet in 1 tsp drops about 2 inches apart.

lace cookie dough on silicone baking sheet

Place in oven and bake for 5-7 minutes. But please, please check on these cookies at the 5-minute mark. If they are golden, pull them out. They bake quickly so keep an eye on them. Continue to bake the cookies in batches until all your dough is gone.

lace cookies baked on baking sheet

Can you freeze Lace Cookie Dough?

I’ve never tried to freeze these but my research says it won’t hold up well. This article on how to freeze cookie dough will be helpful on deciding which cookie doughs freeze the best. But for these, I’d make them fresh.

Storing Lace Cookies?

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.

I hope you enjoy this cookie recipes as much as we do. Looking for more cookie recipes? Try these out:

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Easy Lace Cookies Recipe

This Easy Lace Cookies Recipe is thin, crispy, and a little chewy in the middle. It’s the perfect cookie to include in your holiday cookie exchange.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword holiday cookie recipes, lace cookies recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 50 cookies
Calories 39kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 3 Tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchement paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Place butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Set the mixture on low speed and cream butter and sugar until thoroughly combined.
  • Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and molasses and mix well.
  • Add in the flour, salt, and oatmeal and mix until combined.
  • Use a teaspoon to drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on sheet for a few minutes before removing from the sheet.


These cookies spread a lot. Make sure the cookie dough is not larger than a tsp when placing it on the cookie sheet. Set them 2 inches apart from each other so they don’t bake into each other.
You can bake 2 sheets at a time. With one sheet, my cookies baked in 5 minutes. With two, it took about 7 minutes and some sheets needed to be pulled before the other.
Watch these cookies closely, they bake fast and can burn easily if not watched.
Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Made these recently. The dough is super easy to prepare. The cookies are delicious and certainly fancy. Lol!

Any further tips on storing/serving them? I separated them in layers using parchment paper, but have found they are so delicate that they are sticking. Don’t know if I made them too thin (despite only using the recommended teaspoon per cookie). Maybe humidity is a factor as well?


Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Hey Jeremiah, so glad you like them! Are they sticking to the parchment? Humidity may play a factor. I tend to use a slipmat when making these, and they never stick. I wonder if the brand of parchment has anything to do with it.


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

These are my mom's favorite type of cookie and I never knew they were so easy to make! They seem so fancy and fragile, but this recipe is so easy to follow and the cookies are so incredibly delicious!