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Oatmeal Lace Cookies

These oatmeal lace cookies are thin and chewy with a crisp edge and buttery brown sugar flavor! For a thicker cookie, try my one bowl chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies next.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

So, my plan was to get this post live yesterday, but then I came down with something and I could barely keep my eyes open, let alone stare at a computer screen.

To be fair, I’m pretty sure what I came down with was pure exhaustion.

My dog, Penny, doesn’t normally live with me full time, but her dad was deployed a couple months ago so she’s been staying with us. And it’s been… challenging.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Don’t get me wrong, I love that I get to spend so much time with her and I get all the puppy snuggles I could ever want and need. Puppy kisses, puppy snuggles, puppy smiles, the smell of puppy feet (shut up, I love that salty ‘ish).

But she’s had to go to the vet a couple times for various reasons which has been stressful for her (and us), and we have to keep a close eye on her and the cats because they don’t totally get along (no fighting or anything, but all she wants in the world is too give them kisses and they want nothing to do with it).

Golden retriever sitting in grass

Then we had to get a dog walker (something she’s not used to), and she’s too big to fit in our bed with my husband, myself, and the cats – so sleep is hard to come by… etc.

I just feel bad that she’s had a rough time adjusting, and I’m sure the extreme heat and humidity isn’t helping matters because she’s been super itchy most of the time.

I just wish she could tell me what’s wrong, and I could explain things to her. And I wish I could tell her that daddy will be back, because I’m sure she’s missing him, too.

Damn dog tugging at my heart strings.

So, Penny stuff aside, work has been kinda crazy, wedding planning is… you know, a lot... and I just plain don’t do well with super hot/humid summer weather. It drains the life out of me. I need to move to Antartica between May and October each year, tbh.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

It’s been hard for me to get into the kitchen and bake because my heart just hasn’t been in it. All my energy is going toward Penny and the wedding, and I’ve been struggling with that, but you know what? Those are the right priorities.

I still love this blog, I don’t plan on dropping it, but I can’t let it be a source of stress. This is stress baking… baking to relieve stress.

And speaking of dropping things, let’s talk about dropping this cookie batter into delicious piles on a baking sheet.

What are lace cookies?

Lace cookies are typically very thin, crisp cookies made with little to no flour. And while I enjoy them, I wanted these to be chewier.

You want these oatmeal lace cookies to be as thin as possible, but without letting there be gaps. They’re going to spread even more during baking, and be super thin cookies. 

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

I’m serious. Really thin. If you weren’t expecting it, you might think you’ve done something wrong.

But you haven’t. You’ve done it perfectly. If you let them bake for about 8 minutes, they’ll be chewy with a crispy edge.

If you want them to be less chewy and more crisp overall, bake them another couple minutes. Totally up to your personal preference.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Stack them up high, and challenge yourself not to eat ten of them in one sitting. You’ll try to rationalize it because they’re so thin, but I promise you’ll regret it.

They’ll be delicious, for sure, but your stomach will not be a happy camper if you consume that much butter and sugar at once.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Why not add a little chocolate?

The next talking point: a chocolate drizzle.

I am a very big fan of these cookies with a light drizzle of chocolate on top. It adds a little somethin’ somethin’.

I thoroughly enjoy them without it, but there’s something about getting a little bit of chocolate in each bite that takes it up a notch for me.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies drizzled with dark chocolate

Even if you’re not Team Chocolate, you can’t deny that it’s fun to fling a pastry bag around when you’re drizzling said chocolate onto cookies. It’s just fun.

Don’t at me, bro.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies drizzled with dark chocolate

Since you’re only doing a handful of cookies on a baking sheet for each batch, you’re going to want to make plenty of room on your counters for them to cool. 

As you can see in the picture below, my C-Rex (Cookie Rex, thank you very much) is gleefully awaiting the cooled cookies.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies on a kitchen island

Chewy or crispy, chocolate or no chocolate, these cookies are one of my favorites. 

After you’ve made this recipe, please leave a comment below with a rating – and if you came from Pinterest, add a photo to the Pin of what you make to the pin to share your experience!

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Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1822 cookies 1x


These oatmeal lace cookies are thin and chewy with a crisp edge and buttery brown sugar flavor!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (can substitute 1:1 gluten free flour)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats – can substitute gluten free oats)
  • Dark chocolate, for drizzling (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and brown sugar. Whisk frequently until just combined and thick.
  3. Remove pan from heat and add flour, vanilla and salt. Whisk to combine and let cool slightly for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add egg and whisk to combine.
  5. Add oats and whisk until well combined and all the oats are coated.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop (aff link) (1 tablespoon), drop batter onto prepared baking sheets. Use the back of the scoop or a spoon to spread the batter into a thin layer.
    Note: You want to make sure you leave plenty of room for the cookies to spread while baking, so I never do more than 6 cookies per baking sheet to be on the safe side. You’re going to need a fresh sheet of parchment paper each time, so just keep alternating baking sheets until you’ve used all the batter.
  7. One sheet at a time, bake for 8 minutes or until the edges have just started to turn a golden brown.
  8. Let cool completely on the parchment paper (but you can slide the baked cookies on the paper over to wire racks (aff link) to cool completely while you reuse the baking sheet for your next batch).
  9. If desired, drizzle with melted dark chocolate and let set completely. Enjoy!


Can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: oatmeal lace cookies, oatmeal cookies, lace cookies

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Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Hi Leslie Just made these for my husband , he wanted me to give you 2 thumbs up! He loves them! These cookies are so easy to make, awesome cookies!

Leslie Kiszka

Friday 15th of January 2021

That's so good to hear!


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Made these this morning. I loved them. I did not drizzle with chocolate, I decided they were rich enough without it. Would be great to make an ice cream sandwich with.

Leslie Kiszka

Monday 11th of January 2021

That sounds amazing!


Friday 18th of December 2020

Do you use old fashion oats or quick cooking?

Leslie Kiszka

Friday 18th of December 2020

I note in the recipe card to use rolled oats (which are also known as old fashioned oats)! I've updated the name in the recipe card to include both so it's not confusing.


Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Can I refrigerate the dough before baking ?

Leslie Kiszka

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

I wouldn't recommend it - you want it to be a thin batter, and that would cause it to be more firm. You could try it, and then let it set out and come to room temperature before baking, but I'm not sure what your results would be.


Saturday 27th of October 2018

I am going to try some coconut in some, just cause it sounds good!

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