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7 simple ingredients make these Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies. Ready in under 20 minutes and they taste like bites of brown sugar and caramel decadence.

a fresh stack of these Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies

These are one of my most favorite cookies of all time. I especially like them around the holidays. They are crispy but a little chewy and just packed with nutty brown sugar and notes of caramel!

I have always enjoyed making lace cookies and this version is an adaption of the recipe from Whitney Miller Humphrey. Whitney simplified this recipe by using a convenience item that is packed full of flavor and all the ones you need for a perfect Lace Cookie.

I just love being able to items I may already have in my pantry or that make a recipe easy to make. This recipe is one of those.

What are Lace Cookies

Lace cookies are really thin cookies made with BUTTER, sugar, a little salt, and depending on the recipe a couple of other ingredients. In this recipe, I am using oats, but some call for flour or almond flour, and some use other types of nuts.

They get their name because of their delicate and see-through appearance. The air pockets form and create that lacy look. They are beautiful cookies! Just heavenly too!

a side view of a stack of these Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Tips for Making Lace Cookies

  • Make sure to use real butter. Really there is no skimping here. It creates that caramel flavor you want in a lace cookie.
  • These are good-sized cookies and they spread out. Be sure you leave room on your cookie sheet for this. I usually on do about 1 tablespoon of batter for each cookie and put about 9 cookies on a cookie sheet.
  • If you want them extra thin you can also give the cookie a little smushing after place on the cookie sheet. Just a touch though they spread on their own.

How to Make Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies

  • For this recipe, we use Instant Oatmeal Packages, specifically maple and brown sugar. Yes so simple and it gives these cookies the most perfect flavors.
  • You start with melted butter and add in other ingredients by hand. No hand mixer is really needed with this recipe.
  • Allow for a little chilling time. I find you need at least 30 minutes as in the original recipe. I often make the dough the day before and let it sit out just a few minutes before baking.
  • Use a round tablespoon measure to scoop out the dough or a small cookie scoop.
  • Baking times will vary. Ovens vary so keep an eye out for the first batch. Anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes. In my older oven, I cooked for about 11 to 12 minutes. In my new oven, I find 9 to 10 minutes is usually good. It also depends on the size of your cookie.
  • Typically for a cookie, you do not want the batter to spread, but in this case, you absolutely do. That creates that great crisp caramel taste you want! Those edges are divine!
a hand holding up one Oatmeal Lace Cookie with a stack of these Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies in the background

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a fresh stack of these Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies
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Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time to Chill Dough: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Nikki Lee
7 simple ingredients make these Easy Oatmeal Lace Cookies. Ready in under 20 minutes and they taste like bites of brown sugar and caramel decadence.
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  • 10 Tablespoons butter, melted (I use salted butter)
  • 6 individual packets of maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal, I used Quaker Brand
  • cup sugar
  • cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  • Place melted butter in a medium sized bowl. Add in the white sugar, brown sugar, dry oatmeal packets and salt and mix until combined. Stir in vanilla and eggs until combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
  • Scoop chilled dough with a round tablespoon measure or small cookie scoop onto lined baking about 3 inches apart. (Flatten slightly with the back of scoop, if you desire an extra thin cookie.)
  • Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes (they will continue to cook a bit). Use an offset spatula to transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


I usually only bake 9 cookies on a sheet to allow room for them to expand and not touch when baking.
These are delicate cookies so handle with care when moving to a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 64kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 19mg (6%) Sodium: 40mg (2%) Sugar: 7g (8%)

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  1. 5 stars
    These were SO easy to make and perfectly soft and chewy! I will absolutely be making these again! Thank you for an amazing recipe!!

  2. These cookies are heavenly, I love how perfectly crispy they are. Butter does make all the difference, thank you for such an amazing recipe!