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Oatmeal Lace Cookies Recipe

After revamping my millionaire bars a couple weeks back, I decided to start looking through more of my old recipes. I originally shared this oatmeal lace cookies recipe back in 2013, and it was actually great as is!

The recipe didn’t need to be updated, but I did need to take some new photos and share this recipe in a proper recipe card.

I also didn’t mind having an excuse to whip up a batches of these. They’re a super unique cookie, and are in a league of their own. I’ve never had another cookie like this.

image of stack of thin, oatmeal lace cookies

Why These Oatmeal Lace Cookies Are So Incredible

What makes these cookies so incredible? It’s hard to put into words, but I’ll do my best.

I think so much of it comes down to the texture. The brown sugar and butter base perfectly coat each grain of oat, and allow it to bake into a beautiful web of caramelized oat goodness.

image of baked lace cookie

The cookie dough (batter) is quite odd, and one of the only cookie recipes I have that makes a liquid cookie dough.

The viscosity of the batter allows the edges of the cookie to develop a crispy, golden brown crust that adds an amazing texture to the cookie.

As you bite into it, you get the crunch from the edges of the cookie, combined with the soft, chewy center.

It’s everything you could want in a cookie, and more. They’re totally addictive, especially when they’re still slightly warm from the oven.

Luckily, each cookie is only about 70 calories, so it’s ok if you eat a few (or more) 😛

Using the Drop Cookie Technique

Like I mentioned above, this cookie dough (batter, as I like to call it) is super thin!! This means there’s no rolling out cookie dough balls, or chilling the cookie dough.

Instead, you drop tiny spoonfuls of batter onto a cookie sheet and bake them right up.

This is truly the definition of a drop cookie. I like to use a small spoon to carefully drop a teaspoon of batter around my pan for each cookie.

These cookies are meant to spread out, and end up being about 3 times their original size. They’re baked at a relatively high temperature (375 F), which helps them spread quickly and crisp up.

With this in mind, be sure that you leave ample space between them.

If you don’t, they will end up merging together into one giant cookie as they bake. Am I speaking from personal experience? Yes.

Keep an Eye on the Oven

Another special and very convenient aspect of this recipe is that the cookies bake in 5 minutes!! It makes sense because they’re so thin, but you definitely want to set a timer, and keep a close eye on them.

I’ve found that with a generous teaspoon of batter, 5 minutes is the perfect amount of time to give them golden brown edges and soft centers when baked on silicone mats.

close up photo of oatmeal lace cookie's golden brown edge

However, you might need to adjust the bake time based on the size of your cookies, and your oven.

I recommend doing a test with your first batch, to find out what the perfect timing is for you. One batch of batter makes about 60 cookies, so you will be baking several batches. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for figuring this out in the beginning!

Tips to Make The Best Oatmeal Lace Cookies:

  • Leave a lot of space between each cookie. They spread out a TON when they bake.
  • Use only a teaspoon of batter to make each cookie! This will help you make chewy cookies with golden brown, crunchy edges.
  • Be sure your cookie mixture isn’t too hot when you add in the egg. You don’t want the heat from the dough to cook the egg!
  • Let the cookies cool for at least 5 minutes before you try to move them to a wire rack.
image of oatmeal lace cookie

Let Me Know What You Think

If you try making this oatmeal lace cookies recipe, I’d love to hear what think! Please leave a rating and let me know your thoughts by sharing a comment.

Or if you share your creations on social media, be sure to tag me @chelsweets!

photo of stack of oatmeal lace cookies

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Yield: 60

Oatmeal Lace Cookies Recipe

image of oatmeal lace cookie

These oatmeal lace cookies are super easy to make, and are one of my favorite cookie recipes! They're perfectly caramelized so they have crispy golden brown edges, and a chewy center.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Oatmeal Lace Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter - 2 sticks (226 grams)
  • 2 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed (450 grams)
  • 2 1/4 cups quick oats (203 grams)
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour (24 grams)
  • 1 tsp salt (6 grams)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature and lightly beaten (56 grams)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (3 grams)


    1. Preheat oven to 375º Fahrenheit (190 celsius).
    2. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
    3. Heat butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until butter has melted and mixture is smooth.
    4. Stir in salt, flour, and oats, and carefully mix until the oats are fully covered with the brown sugar/butter mixture.
    5. Add the lightly beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until fully incorporated.
    6. Drop cookie batter by the teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie to allow them to spread.
    7. Bake for 5 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Keep a close eye on these, as the bake time can vary based on how my batter you use for each cookie.
    8. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to wire racks to cool completely.
    9. If you don't plan to eat them immediately, keep them out at room temperature in an open container.


This recipe makes about 60 thin cookies! You can halve the recipe if you want to make fewer cookies (use an egg white as 1/2 an egg).

These cookies spread out quite a bit, so make sure you give each cookie enough room as it bakes.

I like this recipe best when it's made with quick oats, but it will work with rolled oats too!

These oatmeal lace cookies can sit out at room temperature for a few days at room temperature.

They also freeze well if stored in an airtight container, and last up to two weeks if frozen. Just be sure to transfer them to the fridge a day before you want to bring them to room temp to serve (this helps reduce the temperature shock).

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 65Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 11mgSodium 49mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 1g

Below are photos from my original blog post on these oatmeal lace cookies. Sometimes it’s nice to look back on old photos, and remember where it all began 🙂



Monday 27th of September 2021

If raisins were added, would this really change the recipe? I suspect that the laciness would change, but thought that might add something to it.


Saturday 17th of July 2021

hi, i tried out your recipe today. the batter of the first cookies looked like yours and they spread out very well. they also tasted delicious. but the longer it took the crumpier was my batter... is there any advice you can give me to avoid this in the future? thank you.

renee e passeri

Monday 14th of December 2020

They turned out really good!


Monday 14th of December 2020

These were so easy to make, but it took quite some time, as I only have 2 pans and had to wait for them to cool off a bit before transferring them. They are on the sweet side, but I didn't mind. I love the crispy edges and the chewy center. I can't stop eating them!

Sandie Hirase

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi Renee - did you try the old fashioned oats? How did they turn out?

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