Aunt Gail's Oatmeal Lace Cookies Recipe -
Aunt Gail's Oatmeal Lace Cookies Recipe

Aunt Gail's Oatmeal Lace Cookies

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"This recipe, from my great great Aunt Gail, is delicious!"

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Original recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture. Finally, mix in the rolled oats.
  3. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place the dough balls about 3 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass in water and then in sugar, use this to flatten down the cookies. Sugar the glass as needed. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, cookies should be slightly browned. Store in an airtight container.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 19, 2007

These lace cookies came out looking so beautiful. Hint: Be careful! You may think that you don't need the space but once the cookie starts to spread it will go farther than you imagined. The first time I tried it, I had uni-cookie. It will also be soft-ish when you take it out of the oven, but will harden to a lovely texture when it cools. (I substituted half of the white sugar with brown sugar.)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 18, 2011

as written these did not spread but ended up like oat shortbread almost. For the 2nd half of the batch I added 1 T. corn syrup and 1T. water to it. That gave me a lace cookie.

Dec 21, 2003

I found it easier to drop 1/8tsp. of batter onto a foil covered baking sheet and skip the flattening instructions. Be sure to keep a careful eye on these, as they can burn really quickly. Overall a GREAT cookie!!

Mar 20, 2008

Yum! These were alot easier than I expected. I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of substituting a bit of the flour with some oats I ground very fine with my coffee grinder. I just used my 1tsp measuring spoon to scoop out the dough onto the baking sheet. Even using the spoon I found that it didn't take much dough to vary the size of the cookie from about 2 1/2in to 3in in diameter. If you really want uniform cookies I suggest filling and leveling off the spoon size of your choice. Definitely leave the cookies on the pan for a few minutes to harden before moving them somewhere (like a cookie rack) they can cool completely. If you stack them warm they can stick, so beware! I used alum. foil, shiny side down, with a light spritz of canola on my pans and it worked like a charm. The foil made it easy to manipulate the cookies up without breaking them and the oil minimized sticking to the foil. I was even able to wipe off anything that had stuck, respray, and reuse my foil a few times before it tore and needed replaced. The cookies themselves are very delicate, crisp and tasty. They can get a bit crumbly around the edges, but I hope to remedy that when I sandwich them with a little chocolate later today. They definitely will benefit from it, both visually and taste-wise. My single batch made almost 7 dozen cookies, out of which I will get about 3-4dozen sandwiches (give or take some "sampling").

Apr 14, 2005

These are perfect cookies! I have had so many complements on them. My favorite variation: After the cookies have cooled, Melt some semisweet baker's chocolate and put a spoonful on the bottom of a cookie-- then sanwich it with the bottom of another cookie. The chocolate acts as a glue, and they become sandwich cookies. Delicious! However, make sure that your cookies cool totally flat for this to work.

Aug 10, 2008

Wow! I didn't have almond extract, so I used vanilla. I also used half white, half brown sugar. These were caramelly, crispy and fan-freakin-tastic! I am sorry to say that I ate the entire batch myself in about 3 days. My hips hate you, but I love you.

Dec 17, 2006

Excellent cookies! The cookies do spread quite a bit, so be sure to leave the recommended 3" between cookies. I halved the recipe since I was making an assortment of cookies for the holidays and preferred a smaller batch. The recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies. I added chocolate chips to one batch....nice addition!! Nuts would be a nice addition as well. Bake until just brown around the edges. Thanks for sharing this special recipe.

Nov 18, 2006

These were great! They do spread really thin, so I didnt press down very hard with the sugared glass..just enough to get the sugar on. The dough itself was very tasty too!


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  • Calories
  • 72 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 32 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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