Thursday, October 3, 2013

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Big A is in the basement building shelves and de-cluttering... or cluttering, it's hard to tell. So I thought I'd do the good wifely thing and bake a batch of cookies for him. (Plus, I didn't have any breakfast.)
I decided to throw together a batch of Oatmeal Lace Cookies. Because you melt the butter rather than wait for it to soften, these Oatmeal Lace Cookies take less than 5 minutes to throw together, and only about 9 more minutes to bake.

Now, I'm sure you have heard me mention, I'm not cut out for baking. So I'm always finding recipes that are completely idiot-proof! That doesn't mean I won't burn the house down in the process of baking, but the recipe will be easy to follow.

This recipe for Oatmeal Lace Cookies is one of those recipes. It requires very limited time, effort or patience. And, when they are done, they look beautiful - golden, with little spaces between the oats, like lace. Plus they're delicious - the sugar caramelizes making them sweet and buttery! They're great on their own, but become downright addicting with vanilla ice cream.

But wait! Wanna know more good news? You don't even have to wash the cookie sheets, because they are lined with parchment paper! Yes!


Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Makes 18 cookies (or less if you eat any of the batter, but who would do that?)


    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Note: you could eliminate the flour to suit your diet if you wish.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. I let my butter brown a tiny bit (trust me).
  3. Remove from heat and stir in oats, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Drop 3” apart by rounded teaspoonful on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. They spread quite a bit so make sure to give 'em some room to grow.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until golden.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely on cookie sheet. Carefully remove from the parchment with a spatula to a wire rack.
  8. Store in an airtight container (Yeah, right! You won't have any left to store).

If you want to make your cookies FANCY, you can choose to add one of the following:

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract for an almond flavor.
  • Stir in a handful of mini-chocolate chips to the finished batter.
  • Stir in a handful of chopped nuts - especially pistachio!
  • Add 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest or orange zest.
  • Melt semi-sweet chocolate and spread thinly over the flat side of the baked and cooled cookies.
Try them and let me know what you think! As always, I would love to hear from you!



Anonymous said...

do I have to use parchment paper, I don't have any right now but these sound delish.

Unknown said...

I think u do so that you can easily get the cookies off without breaking them as they're so thin!

Abbe Townsend said...

You ate the batter- didn't you! Genuine coincidence - I'm in the mood to make biscuits and I have oats, so am going to try these. Xx

Unknown said...

Okay Abbe, come back and tell me if YOU eat any batter! (also if you like the cookies..) Julia

Kim said...

Hi Julia, I'm embarrassed to say that I have never used parchment paper. These look super yummy and very easy...maybe it's the perfect recipe to try it out! :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love oatmeal and thin crispy coolies!

Unknown said...

Kim, I know! There's not much use for parchment paper - in my world, ever. EXCEPT for lace cookies... I have a roll that's been in a drawer for a good couple of years! LOL!

Sharon, let me know if you make them!


Our Pinteresting Family said...

These look delicious. :)

Maria said...

I love love love oatmeal cookies, yours sound wonderful!!! I love them at this time of year especially, with some cinnamon and either raisins of cranberries.

Unknown said...

Dried cranberries sound like they'd be good in oatmeal cookies!

Unknown said...

These look delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Katie and I are so glad to have you joining us. I'm also your newest Bloglovin follower.
Sew Crafty Angel

Unknown said...

I love oatmeal cookies but I've never made them like this before! They sound amazing. I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays:

Mary said...

I love your blog and your oatmeal lace cookies, so yummy looking! I would like to invite you to join my blog party Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage to link up your vignette or anything else you'd like to. ( I usually start the link up on Saturdays) Hope to see you there, Mary

Huckleberry Love said...

I made these cookies last night and they were AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us at Much Ado About Monday. We've chosen it as one of our featured posts this week!

Have a great weekend,


Unknown said...

Thank you all! I hope you try them!

Emily, I'm so glad you like them! X and O See you Monday!

Michelle said...

These look easy enough to make...I am quite challenged with baking, so it's nice to see a relatively easy recipe! And I loved oatmeal cookies! Visiting from the Ladies Only Blog Share!