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Delight in the exquisite charm of lace cookies, a tantalizing treat that perfectly balances delicate crispness with rich, golden sweetness. With their intricate patterns and irresistible flavor, these thin, lacy confections promise to enchant your palate and add an elegant touch to any dessert spread.

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Lace Cookies

We choose to fill them with semi-sweet chocolate and make them into a sandwich cookie, but they can also be drizzled with chocolate.

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These lovely cookies don’t have a “batter” per se. The dough is more of a spread. When you are using traditional cookie batter, the goal is to minimize spreading. This dough is the opposite. You want this dough to spread out. That is what gives the cookies their texture and beautiful, holey appearance.

Why should you make these?

  1. Elegance and Aesthetics: With their intricate, lacy appearance, these cookies add a touch of sophistication to any dessert table, making them perfect for special occasions or as an elegant everyday treat.
  2. The Simplicity of Ingredients: Typically made with basic pantry staples like butter, sugar, flour, and often almonds or oats, lace cookies are an easy way to create something beautiful and delicious without needing any fancy ingredients.
  3. Quick and Easy to Make: These cookies generally require minimal prep time and bake quickly, making them ideal for those times when you want to whip up something sweet and impressive without spending hours in the kitchen.
  4. Unique Texture and Flavor: The combination of a caramel-like flavor with a crisp, almost brittle texture makes lace cookies a unique culinary experience, different from more traditional cookie types.
  5. Versatility: Lace cookies can be customized with various add-ins like chocolate drizzle, nuts, or citrus zest, making them versatile for different tastes and occasions.
  6. Perfect for Gifting: Their delicate appearance and delectable taste make lace cookies an excellent option for gifting during holidays or as a thoughtful homemade treat for friends and family.
  7. Great with Coffee or Tea: Their light, crisp texture and sweet flavor profile make lace cookies an ideal companion to a hot cup of coffee or tea, enhancing your relaxation or social time.
  8. Gluten-Free Potential: Many lace cookie recipes can be easily adapted to be gluten-free without sacrificing texture or flavor, making them suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or preferences.

What you need

  • Ground nuts: Ground walnuts were traditionally used, but almonds or hazelnuts also work.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter, softened.
  • Flour: You can use all-purpose flour or substitute any gluten-free that you have available.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is fine, but you can substitute brown sugar or less refined sugar too.
  • Milk: Milk or cream will both work.
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Ingredients for Lace Cookies

For the filling

  • Chocolate: You can use semi-sweet, bitter, milk, or white chocolate to fill them.
  • Butter: Again, use unsalted.
  • Milk: The milk will help achieve the right spreadability for the filling.

How to Make Them

Step One:

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)—line 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a silicone mat.

Grind the nuts in a food processor or chop them by hand.

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Grind nuts.

Step Two:

Heat the walnuts, butter, flour, and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.

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Add all ingredients to a saucepan.

Step Three:

Stir until the butter is melted and the ingredients are totally blended.

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Stir until well incorporated.

Step Three:

Drop a rounded half-teaspoon of mixture onto the cookie sheet, three inches apart.

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Place rounded half-teaspoons full of batter onto the parchment paper.

Bake 12-15 minutes until the cookies are light golden brown. Let them cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove them from the parchment paper.

Place the cookies on a cooling rack and cool completely.

For the Filling

Step One:

Melt the chocolate, butter, and milk in a double boiler.

Do not let the water in the bottom pan touch the top pan.

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Add ingredients to a double boiler.

Spread the melted chocolate mixture on the back side of one cookie. Top with a cookie of similar shape and size. It’s best to lay the cookies on a flat table since they are very fragile. Don’t push down too hard with the spreading knife because that can crack the cookie, too.

How to Store Lace Cookies

Storage: Store the cookies in airtight containers packaged with parchment or waxed paper between the layers. Store them at room temperature in a cool place.

Freezing: You can freeze these cookies for up to a month. Package them in airtight freezer containers with waxed paper between the layers.

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Pro Tips

  • Let the cookie dough cool off for a couple of minutes after melting. It doesn’t spread as much.
  • Shape the dough into rounds; if they are oddly shaped, the cookies will be too.
  • Be sure that your oven temperature is correct. These cookies burn easily.
  • Handle the cookies carefully, as they are very delicate.
  • Some recipes add oats to the dough, which helps with their delicate nature but does not reflect this version. This version has a distinct toffee-like flavor and a delightful crispy texture.
  • Use real unsalted butter for this recipe. Margarine will not produce a satisfactory flavor.
  • Either store these cookies at room temperature or freeze them for longer storage. The humidity from the refrigerator will render them soggy.
  • These cookies can be made gluten-free easily. Just substitute almond flour for the all-purpose flour in the recipe.
  • Baker’s Semisweet Chocolate achieves better results than melting chocolate chips.

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Don’t wait to indulge in the exquisite world of lace cookies; grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and start baking these delightful treats today! Share the joy and elegance of these crispy, caramelized wonders with your loved ones, and watch as they become a new favorite in your baking repertoire.

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Lace Cookies

Delight in the exquisite charm of lace cookies, a tantalizing treat that perfectly balances delicate crispness with rich, golden sweetness.
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5

Ingredients

For the Filling

  • 6 Ounces Baker's Chocolate, semisweet
  • Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Tablespoons Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)—line 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a silicone mat.
  • Heat the walnuts, butter, flour, and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted and the ingredients are totally blended.
    1 Cup walnuts, ½ Cup unsalted butter, ½ Cup Sugar, 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • Drop a rounded half-teaspoon of mixture onto the cookie sheet, three inches apart.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes until the cookies are light golden brown. Let them cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove them from the parchment paper.
  • Place the cookies on a cooling rack and cool completely.

For the Filling

  • Melt the chocolate, butter, and milk in a double boiler. Do not let the water in the bottom pan touch the top pan.
    6 Ounces Baker's Chocolate, semisweet, 1½ Tablespoons unsalted butter, 1½ Tablespoons Milk
  • Spread the chocolate on the back side of one cookie. Top with a cookie of similar shape and size. It’s best to lay the cookies on a flat table since they are very fragile. Don’t push down too hard with the spreading knife because that can crack the cookie, too.
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Notes

Pro Tips
  • Let the cookie dough cool off for a couple of minutes after melting. It doesn’t spread as much.
  • Shape the dough into rounds; if they are oddly shaped, the cookies will be too.
  • Be sure that your oven temperature is correct. These cookies burn easily.
  • Handle the cookies carefully, as they are very delicate.
  • Some recipes add oats to the dough, which helps with their delicate nature but does not reflect this version. This version has a distinct toffee-like flavor and a delightful crispy texture.
  • Use real unsalted butter for this recipe. Margarine will not produce a satisfactory flavor.
  • Either store these cookies at room temperature or freeze them for longer storage. The humidity from the refrigerator will render them soggy.
  • These cookies can be made gluten-free easily. Just substitute almond flour for the all-purpose flour in the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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