October 13, 2010

Amee’s Lace Cookies {Naptime Tales from the Trenches}

Lace Cookies My friend Caroline is the mother of two boys, 3 and 2 years old respectively. She is one busy woman! When I asked her to share a favorite treat she enjoys with her children she told me about Amee’s Lace Cookies. Sometimes Caroline bakes these with her boys and other times she enjoys her time baking when they are at school. Her school time, she explained, is her time to do errands and get things taken care of around the house. She is a classic Naptime Chef fitting great food into family life!

My great-grandmother Amee is the source of this delicious recipe.  These cookies remain a staple in my family.  My relatives and I have wonderful memories of Amee’s cookie tin, which was lined with wax paper and filled with her exquisite lace cookies.  As children, we would make a bee line to the refrigerator in her house on each visit, as the tin was stored on top!

The ingredients for lace cookies are as simple as the recipe.  Furthermore, no large quantities of any one item are needed, so chances are that you already have everything in your kitchen.

The name of the cookies comes from the lace-like holes that are formed when they bake. Lace cookies are delicate and fragile, but not to worry, the crumbs are tasty as the whole cookie!


Amee’s Lace Cookies

Makes 5 dozen


1 cup of sugar
1 cup of quick oats
2 tablespoons of flour plus 1 teaspoon
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
well-beaten egg


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine and mix the dry ingredients.  Pour in the melted butter and vanilla.  Add egg and mix batter thoroughly.

3. Place batter in ½ teaspoon increments on an ungreased, foil-lined cookie sheet.  Allow 2 inches between each increment to allow for expansion during baking.  Bake for 7-8 minutes until golden brown.

4. Leave cookies on foil until they cool, at which point they can be easily removed.  Keep in a tight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These versatile cookies are terrific snacks for kids or served at adult teas.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes for batter preparation

Naptime Reviews

These cookies are famous in Caroline’s family for a very good reason, they are delicious!

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  • Angela H.

    That’s kind of similar to these cookies:


    I love nutella 🙂

    • Anonymous

      LOL! Maybe they have the same grandmother Amee!

  • Eschwing

    Love lace cookies!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Me too, I’m so glad Caroline shared them!

  • Regina

    They look amazing.
    Can I use old-fashioned oats or oat flour instead?

    • Anonymous

      The quick cooking oats will soften, while old-fashioned would not. It’s best to use them if you can.

      • Regina

        Thank you. And just a little note: I looooooove your blog :o)

  • Courtney

    Awww, they look just like Helen’s oatmeal cookies. Must be a grandma thing!

    • Anonymous

      Hi courtney – I’ve never had Helen’s oatmeal cookies, will you send the recipe?

  • Yum! I bet they’d be really good dipped in chocolate too 🙂

    • Anonymous

      You are right Kim – that would be amazing!

  • Anaritam3

    these cookies look delicious. i’ll try them one of these days…



  • Cookies and fresh juices are always what the children are loving to eat in their past times.  Incorporating a vegetables in the cookies their eating could be possible. Parents can look for a good recipe for this to be possible. A healthy eating for kids i everyone’s concern so the are always finding ways to make this goal achieved.