Oatmeal Lace Cookies Recipe

Oatmeal Lace Cookies have always been one of my husband’s favorite cookies. I’ve known that but quickly forget from time to time as they aren’t a cookie I have regularly made. So, the other night I asked him, “what’s a favorite Christmas cookie that you’d like for me to make for you?”

His immediate reply, “Lace cookies.”
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His Mama has always made them, especially at Christmas. And they are amazing.

Which isn’t hard to believe, because let me just tell you, I have never, ever, ever tasted one thing that my mother-in-law cooked that was not absolutely out of this world scrumptious.

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You know, I have truly been blessed to be surrounded by phenomenal cooks in my life with my Grandmothers, Mama, and aunts. I count myself even more blessed to be able to learn even a little bit about recipes, cooking, entertaining large crowds, and life in general from my mother-in-law. She is truly the best!

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So, back to her oatmeal lace cookies. Lace cookies get their name because as they bake, they spread and bubble and bubble and bubble which then forms little holes in the cookies.

There are so many recipes for lace cookies, but my mother-in-law’s recipe actually originated from a local restaurant where special parties and luncheons were often held. They’ve since closed, but thankfully had given my mother-in-law the recipe before they did so.

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This oatmeal lace cookie recipe makes a whole lot of cookies. I mean a whole lot of cookies, close to six dozen. That’s what makes this lace cookie recipe so perfect for Christmas cookies. There are plenty to share and still have a few to enjoy!

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Come to think of it, maybe that’s why my mother-in-law makes them each year for her huge family.

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Here’s the Oatmeal Lace Cookie recipe my family loves. One warning though, they are buttery and oh so addictive.

4.7 from 27 reviews
Oatmeal Lace Cookies Recipe
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Oatmeal Lace Cookies are thin, crisp, delicate and buttery cookies. This lace cookies recipe is a family favorite.
Serves: 60
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2¼ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2¼ cups rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Heat butter and brown sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden or silicon spoon, until butter has melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in oats, flour, salt, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Drop cookie batter by the teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie to allow them to spread.
  4. Bake for 5 -7 minutes, watching closely to prevent them from over-baking. The lace cookies should be golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 30 seconds and remove onto racks to cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Robyn xo


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    Claudia Reilly says

    I have been looking for a recipe for these cookies. These came out GREAT! I didn’t have any problem with the cookies sticking to the parchment paper. I let the cookies sit on the parchment paper until they were cool.

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    Laura Ostrowski says

    Cook are delicious! I love oatmeal cookies!! Can I share a recipe with you? Oatmeal melt cookies. This batter will also spread.

    1 pound butter softened
    1 cup of granulated sugar
    2 cups of all-purpose flour
    3 cups of rolled oats
    2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

    preheat oven to 350 cream butter and sugar together add the rest of ingredients mix well make small mounds with a teaspoon separate 2 inches apart and Press with a fork a
    bake until golden brown 13 to 15 minutes let stand 1 minute sprinkle with powdered sugar!! Enjoy

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        Bettina La O' says

        hi Robyn, I like your oatmeal cookies and I’ve tried several times to do it. However, it doesn’t turn out to be crip, thin and delicate.. How do you make it thin like lace? What technique do you use? Please help me.

        Which oatmeal is better to use — instant or quick cooking? I followed your recipe to the letter and the taste is good but the looks is not like yours — I want it to be as think as lace and crispy. Please help me.


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    Michelle B. says

    These are really good and make a nice addition to a Christmas cookie tin. I had to play around with the first 2 batches to get the right cooking time. In my oven, 6 minutes worked :)

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      So glad you enjoy them, Michelle. I’m so glad they shared they recipe with my mother-in-law and she with me. They are definitely favorites here, too!

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    Chris says

    I have been using a different oatmeal lace cookie recipe with mixed results. I’m eager to try yours. We’re planning to make this recipe today.

    Does it matter if oats are “Quick Oats” or “Old Fashioned?”

    Thank you! Happy holidays!

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      Hi Chris,
      I believe the rolled oats or old fashioned give the best result in these cookies. Quick cooking oats tend to be a finer texture and do not hold up as well in this cookie, in my opinion. The original recipe also specifically called for rolled oats which leads me to believe that they must have preferred them as well.

      I hope that helps! Happy baking and Merry Christmas!

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    Rose says

    I made these today and they are soooo goooood! I let them get a darker brown around the edges.

    For whatever reason, I had to let mine cool a good 5 minutes on the cookie sheet or else they would “fold up” on themselves when I tried to remove them. Maybe my cookie sheet holds heat longer.

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    I made theses today and they are delicious. My family won’t stop eating them. But my second bAtch got really burned even though they were only in the oven for five minutes. The other bathes were in for six minuets and they did not get burned. I’m a little confused about that.

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    Mel says

    What a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing. My stepmother introduced these cookies to me over the Christmas holday, and it was love at first bite. I found your recipe and have made them twice already. I found that half a teaspoon of the cookie dough is plenty. My husband and daughter love them just as much as I.

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    Lisa says

    I’d love to make these cookies, but I have Organic Quick Rolled Oats.Is this the correct kind to use?


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    Teena says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, been looking for one and the last time I tried they were sticking to the parchment paper. I was wondering if you have tried putting melted chocolate on the other side? I want to do that for this particular recipe, this cookie looks pretty stable and won’t fold or crack easily.

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    Keely says

    I made these today. Was my first time making lace cookies. They turned out wonderful! I slid the waxed oaper off of pan onto rack to cool. So easy. After cooled I melted dark chocolate and “sandwiched” them. Wonderful…thank you for sharing recipe!!

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    Jeanette says

    These look heavenly! But have to clarify, do you need to have the mixture cooled before adding the egg? Just worried the heat might cook/ scramble the egg. Also, is there a need to process the oats before using them? Coz I saw a recipe requiring the oats to be processed first in a food processor prior use. Thanks.

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    john young says

    My grandma Young made these when she was alive and I looked on line for the recipe. Thanks for putting it on line!!! Try it half dipped in Mike chocolate!! Yum!!

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    Bridgette Wash-Quarles says

    These look AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to try them. I love everything oatmeal. I have recently gone gluten free do you have any suggestions on how to make these gluten free? Thanks :)

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    Jane says

    I have tried making these cookies several times…some with parchment paper and some on non-stick cookie pans but they always stick to the paper or pan. I got so frustrated yesterday, I threw away the whole batter… any suggestions?

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      Oh no! You could increase the amount of oatmeal by a tablespoon or so and see if that helps with the pan sticking. I use parchment or a silicon baking mat and they do really well. I hope that helps!

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    lisa escalera says

    I love these cookies and this us the third time I’m making them but this time they are sticking. help I doubled up the recipe and baked on parchment paper even sprayed once with cooking spray

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    Roberta West says

    My dear mother-in-law used to make these cookies every year at Christmas. One year she baked them ahead of time and froze them. Talk about Heavenly vookies. They had the taste and texture of homemade English Toffee. She ended up hiding them in the freezer so only the two of us could enjoy them. What a delightful treat and wonderful memory.

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    Julia says

    I used 1-minute quick oats, and the cookies turned out delicious, thin and crispy. A bit too sweet for me, I wonder if it’s possible to reduce the amount of sugar.

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    JILL says

    These are fantastic! Thank you. The key to their not sticking to parchment is to let them cool on the parchment paper on a baking rack. Once mostly cooled, they come right off. These cookies really are wonderful; almost toffee-like in texture and flavor. Thank you for sharing it!

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    Jenny says

    I’ve made these cookies countless times within the year since coming across it. I’ve never had a problem with them sticking but I also let them cool completely before removing. I have two Large cookies sheets I rotate along with the parchment paper. LOVE these!

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