These Oatmeal Lace Cookies are gluten-free and full of chocolate and dried cherries. Crisp and buttery, they're so delicious that they'll become your new go-to cookie!
These are my favorite gluten-free cookies of the moment.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Lace Cookies are easy to make, super delicious and fun.
They are not your typical oatmeal cookies -- for a more traditional oatmeal cookie , you'll love these.
What are Lace Cookies?
-Lace cookies originated in Italy. (FYI, though incredibly delicious, my recipe is not authentically Italian.)
-They’re very thin and have many tiny holes in them. Much like lace, all of the tiny holes create a very delicate and see-through appearance. This is how they got their name.
-Lace cookies are quite crunchy and have a distinct buttery taste. They will vary in specific ingredients, and are often seen with oats and almond flour.
-Lace cookies are more often than not, made without mix-ins. I however, couldn't resist and with a few additions, every bite has a nutty flavor and chocolate.
-It's common to see two lace cookies sandwiched together with melted chocolate in the middle.
-My Oatmeal Lace Cookies are especially unique because they're gluten-free. (A typical lace cookie involves a little flour.)
What ingredients are in Oatmeal Lace Cookies?
- oat flour
- almond flour/meal
- baking soda, baking powder,
- xanthan gum
- unsalted butter
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- semisweet chocolate chips
- dried cherries
- rolled oats
How to Make Them
These delicate cookies are super easy to whip up!
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Mix all of the wet ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Combine the two mixtures in the bowl with the flour, and then fold in the chocolate, cherries and oats.
- Shape the cookie dough into balls on prepared baking sheets, with enough room between them to spread.
- Bake until the edges are golden and cool on the baking sheet, not on a wire rack.
(More detailed instructions for Oatmeal Lace Cookies are in the recipe card below.)
Can you freeze Oatmeal Lace Cookies?
Yes you can.
Prepare them for the freezer carefully though. It's best to place them in single layers in a large plastic airtight container, with wax paper or parchment paper between them. Be sure the container is sealed tightly. They can be frozen up to a month.
They can also be stored at room temperature. Again, in single layers in a large plastic container, with wax paper or parchment paper between them. (They lose some of their crispness after being stored for a day or so.)
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
-You can make these without the chocolate and cherries, though I think these ingredients are part of what make them super delicious.
-If you don't like cherries, try dried cranberries, currants or raisins.
-It's very easy to make your own oat flour by putting oats in a food processor with the blade attachment and blending until you've got a fine powder. You can also purchase oat flour here.
-It's important that you leave ample space between the cookies before you bake them. They will definitely spread!
-Let them cool 100% on the baking sheet. Oatmeal Lace Cookies are fragile at first, but once cool, they're easy to lift off the baking sheet.
-While I mentioned that you can freeze them, they are the most crisp as soon as they've cooled down from baking.
Whether you're gluten-free or not, I think you will really love these Oatmeal Lace Cookie recipe.
These are lovely cookies any time, and they're especially fun for a cookie exchange during the holiday season.
More delicious gluten-free cookie recipes:
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
- Gluten-Free Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten-Free Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
- Flourless Chocolate Mudslide Cookies
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
- 1 cup oat flour (see notes)
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- ¾ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup golden or dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1½ cups dried cherries, roughly chopped
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- Set the oven and prep the baking sheets. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Make the batter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, almond meal, salt, xanthan gum, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.In another large mixing bowl, combine the butter with the vanilla and sugars. Mix until everything is evenly blended. Then add the eggs and again, mix to blend.Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients and mix just until you no longer see dry areas.
- Shape. Use a 1¼ inch cookie scoop to shape the cookies into balls of dough, placing them on the parchment-lined baking sheets as you go. There should be about 10 to 12 per sheet, with at least 2 to 3 inches between them.
- Bake. Bake in the preheated 350°F oven until the cookies are golden along the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Let them cool completely on the baking sheets, at least 15 minutes.
- These cookies will become quite flat when you bake them. That's how they should be. Though delicate, they hold together very well, and when you hold them up to the light and you'll see why they're called lace cookies!
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Can you make these with just regular flour?
Hi Carol, I wish I could tell you for sure, but I haven't made them with regular AP flour. I don't think the lace-like texture will be the same. I think it's worth a try, but I would do half of the recipe or less so you don't waste ingredients if they don't turn out. Leave out the xanthan gum if you use regular AP flour. I will try a batch too, as soon as I can, and let you know in case I do it first. 🙂 ~Valentina
Hi Carol, Today I tried these with the regular AP flour. As I suspected, they don't have the lacey texture -- but, they're delicious! The texture is quite similar to that of a typical chocolate chip cookie. I will send you a photo via email. 🙂 ~Valentina
I always adore oatmeal lace cookies...these look so perfectly thin and crisp. Yummy!
Thanks Angie! Hope you enjoy. 🙂 ~Valentina
Valentina, your oatmeal lace cookies look wonderful. We have a neighbor who doesn't do glutin so this will be a perfect recipe to make for our next fika (coffee break). Not sure when that'll be as we're self-isolating just now, but I'll keep this one close by so when this pandemic passes (and it will) I can whip up a batch to celebrate with them.
Thank you, Ron. And I love the positivity you threw in there. It will pass, indeed. I do love the idea of Fika. I think I might have to institute that here at home -- a family Fika during quarantine. I assume the idea is getting together with friends and family, but hoping it's okay to break tradition in this case. 😉 Hope you love the cookies when you get around to them. Enjoy and stay safe and well! 🙂 ~Valentina
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
They look so buttery and crunchy! Love a big stack right now with my coffee! Have a lovely week ahead 🙂
Dawn, they are SOOOO buttery. Hope you love them. Perfect with coffee. A lovely quarantine snack. 🙂 ~Valentina
David Scott Allen
I am always so impressed by your cookie baking. Really, I am a slacker when it comes to cookies... a couple of times of year, maybe! And I learned something - lace cookies are from Italy. I always assumed they were from France! Thanks for that - it’s my one new bit of knowledge this week!
Thank you so much, David. I've always loved baking cookies -- since I was a little kid. Hope you are Mark are staying well! 🙂 ~Valentina
I forgot all about lace cookies, and I've never had one that was as good as these look! So simple too. Excited to try these, Valentina!
Thank you, Marissa. Happy to remind you about lace cookies. 🙂 ~Valentina
Thanks to you, I fell in love with GF ! Must try. Thank you and take care 🙂
Thanks, Davorka. Hoping you love them! 🙂 ~Valentina
David @ Spiced
Oh man, I haven't had lace cookies in ages! My grandmother used to make a chocolate chip cookie that I swear had to be part-lace. It wasn't quite as airy, but it was more than a regular chocolate chip cookie. Anyways, I love oatmeal cookies, and I could totally go for one of these with my coffee right about now! 🙂
Thanks so much, David. Happy to remind you of a recipe your grandmother made. Perfect with coffee. 🙂 ~Valentina
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
I love the laciness of these cookies! What a great crispy cookie- and those dried cherries! Double yum!
Love a double yum. Thank you, Kathy! 🙂 ~Valentina
Jeff the Chef
I swear I have memories of making a cookie like this when I was a kid, in French class. We had to cook from a French recipe, and it was a cookie just like this, and we would roll them up into cigars when they came out of the oven, and dip the ends in chocolate. Or did I dream that? It's such a vague memory.
Okay, I never cooked in my Spanish class. I got gypped. 😉 How fun that you got to bake in/for French class. I bet your memory is correct because I often see Lace cookies at bakeries half dipped in chocolate. And that sounds delicious. 🙂 ~Valentina
Hi Valentina, We are eating these cookies right now and I just had to get back to you with a thank you for another good cookie! Thank you so much for developing another good recipe. Love them. Dezi
Thank you, Dezi! I'm so happy you like these, and so appreciate your note. They are definitely one of our favorites. 🙂 ~Valentina
I LOVE these lace cookies and your added cherries are a fab idea!! I think I need to bake some, soon!!
Thank you, my friend! 🙂 ~Valentina