Dec 16, 2013

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Lace Cookies


Light, crisp and chewy and sandwiched together with dark chocolate!

These delicious cookies are light, crisp and chewy, made with basic ingredients like oats, flour, butter, sugar and spices– then once baked they are sandwiched together with melted dark chocolate. If you're baking cookies for Holiday parties, or just to leave Santa, these are a must!


Holiday traditions in my family always included baking cookies with the kids. My Mom did it with my brother and I, and she still does it with my children. To ease some of the guilt, I try to include some lighter cookie recipes in the mix and these lace cookies are one of my favorites. Of course, I do practice restraint and tracking (and exercise) helps keep me in check this time of the year.



One thing to keep in mind when baking these cookies is the batter will spread once baked so don't put them too close together on the cookie sheet. Once baked they will keep well in an airtight container.



Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 22 • Size: 1 sandwich • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 66 • Fat: 3 g • Protein: 1 g • Carb: 10 g • Fiber: 0 g • Sugar: 7 g
Sodium: 7 mg • Cholesterol: 6 mg


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp 1% milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oz dark chocolate, melted (calculated with 1 oz only)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and oats; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine melted butter, milk, honey, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix to combine.


Drop 1 level teaspoon of batter onto prepared baking sheets leaving space in between, placing only 12 cookies on each sheet because the cookies will spread in the oven.

Bake for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.


Spread one cookie with a thin layer of melted chocolate and sandwich with another cookie on top. Repeat with remaining cookies. You will only use about 1 oz of chocolate, I calculated accordingly.

79 comments :

  1. Will this work with skim milk as opposed to 1%?

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    1. I'm sure that would be fine, any milk you have on hand.

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  2. I would like to make these tonight! These remind me of the irresistible double chocolate oat cookies Ikea sells! The closest Ikea is in Atlanta which is about 7 hours from me. Thank you for solving my cookie problem! :D

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    1. Wow so far! I love these cookies, and I'm really not a cookie person. Enjoy!

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  3. Wow! I'm putting these on my cookie list! They look absolutely delicious! I just made your cranberry pistachio bark for gifts! Was a big hit! Could I just use 2 oz. of a hershey special dark chocolate bar and melt it in the microwave for the filling? Thanks for another great recipe!

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    1. Yes, that's exactly what I did with Trader Joe's dark chocolate.

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  4. yum !! have to try for sure

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

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  5. How many cookies does this recipe make? Thanks!

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  6. These cookies look great and so delicious! I love less calories. Thanks!

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  7. Could you substitute splenda cooking sugar instead of regular sugar?

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    1. I haven't tried it but I think it would be fine.

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    2. Don't! I subbed stevia instead of sugar and they did not spread at all. Threw the batch out and started over with half stevia/half sugar.

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  8. These look incredible & I plan on making them this week for a cookie exchange. Question...I don't have a stand mixer. Could I use a hand held mixer instead? Will that still be effective or will it compromise the consistency of the cookie?

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  9. My mom made oatmeal lace cookies every Christmas. Thanks for posting these.

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  10. I just love lace cookies. Can I use a hand-mixer or actually just mix by hand? (my mom "borrowed back" her stand mixer from me & didn't return it! LOL

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  11. I love these. They look so great and tasty! My favorite thing to do at Christmas is bake with my little guys. We put on Christmas music and eat a lot of cookie dough as we bake. Merry Christmas

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  12. Gina,

    I made these tonight and they came out delicious! I had one small snafu-- mine did not spread out nicely like yours. Did you press them down before you put them in the oven? The only change I made to the recipe was using agave instead of honey. Also, I mixed them by hand instead of using a stand mixer. Could either of those factors have anything to do with it?

    Also, I halved the recipe and it only yielded 12 cookies (6 sandwiches). I was careful to only make each a teaspoon.

    Any ideas about what might have gone wrong? I will be making them again because they were delicious, but I want to make sure they come out as pretty as yours next time!

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    1. Perhaps something went wrong when you measured the recipe? I just remade them with agave using a hand blender and I got the same amount of cookies as before, and they spread out nicely.

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    2. the minute they came out of the oven, I was able to reshape them into perfect circles with a knife. Then I slid the knife underneath ch cookie and they came right off the parchment paper.

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    3. I made the whole thing and it only yielded 24 cookies (12 sandwiches) so whatever you did I must be doing also...

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  13. These look great, I have made this type of cookie in the past but I have never sandwiched them together with chocolate before! What a clever idea - thanks for sharing!

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  14. oh my, those look delicious! i must try this to test before christmas >u<

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  15. Hi! What are old-fashioned oats?

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    1. Regular oats (not quick or instant)

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  16. These look wonderful, Gina! Baking cookies with my kids is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I have all of the ingredients for these and am thinking of making a batch today to give to my neighbors.

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  17. When you say 1/4 cup butter melted. Is the butter measured before or after it is melted?

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  18. these look awesome, Gina! my husband is hooked on some cookies like this from Trader Joe's, but it's nice to know I can make them a little bit lighter :)

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  19. To make them go farther, after you spread the chocolate on them, place it chocolate side down onto chopped almonds and don't sandwich them. YUM!!

    These are going in my holiday baking routine!

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  20. oh yum, i love lace cookies! excited to try these.

    xo.
    jenn @ hello, rigby!

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  21. These are awesome but I have to say the pictures make them look so much bigger! Mine turned out about an inch big and about the thickness of a tortilla. If u make them on a meteal pan deffinitely make sure u only cook them for about five minutes and use parchment paper or else they get to done and stick and let em cool longer before you put em on the cookie sheet. All in all these are really easy and yummy too!

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    1. Yes, I was thinking that the dough as pictured on the cookie sheet was a lot more than one teaspoon. I think you would have to double the point count for the size of cookie shown. JMO, but I haven't made them, so it is only an opinion.

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  22. I just made them and just used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients and they came out fine. Thank you Gina. I just discovered your blog and have already made two recipes. You are the bomb!

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  23. Just made these and not only are they delicious, they are so pretty!

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  24. instead of dark chocolate I think I will try nutella

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  25. Ugh, mine turned out awful. They didn't spread at all and the consistency was all wrong. They were way too cakey. I don't know what I did wrong...I am usually a pretty competent baker. :(

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    1. I also had bad results: did not spread (I carefully used 1 tsp.measure). Also, came out kind of dense - not "lace" cookie material. I baked on well seasoned stoneware bakesheet - no problem with them sticking, but just was dissatisfied with whole recipe.

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  26. These look so marvelous! I wish I could jump in the screen right now and steal one!

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  27. It says under a reply that you remade these with agave. Did you replace the honey with agave? and how much Agave did you use??
    thanks!

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  28. How did you get it to make that many? I made the recipe as stated and I got 18 cookies (9 sandwiches). I then doubled the recipe and made the cookies smaller and got 40 cookies (20 sandwiches)

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  29. Made these tonight... delicious!!! I made them exactly as directed and the 1 tsp did, indeed, spread out to be the same size pictured in the recipe. I also got exactly 22 sandwiches.

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  30. Hi Gina,

    I tried this recipe tonight and it turned out fabulously. I made one baking tray with 2 tsp of dough, and another tray with 1 tsp as per your recipe. The cookies made with just 1 tsp turned out 'lacier' than the larger mounds of dough (which is what I prefer!), so I just wanted to leave a comment that your instruction to measure out 1 tsp of dough was right on!

    I'll be making these cookies as part of my holiday treat boxes for my friends and family :)

    Hina

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  31. Ugh! They smell so delicious...I just can't get mine to spread out and get thin and pretty like yours. Followed the recipe to a T!

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  32. can you make these ahead and freeze???
    also, i have one child who is gluten intolerant so can i use GF baking mix instead of flour?

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  33. Hi Gina,

    Unfortunately, these did not work out for me at all. Like some have stated above, I also followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I did differently than you is that I used parchment instead of silpats. They just did not want to flatten out, and although I tried to flatten them myself with the back of a spoon, it just made a mess. They were so stuck to the parchment that I ended up tossing them all. The dough was delicious though! I am a dessert caterer, so I know my way around a recipe, and I usually love all of yous, but I just can't figure this one out. :(

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  34. These turned out perfectly for me...I got SO many compliments. Just the right combination of chewy & crispy!

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  35. I just made these and they were SO good.

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  36. Came across these while searching for an eggless cookie recipe so my youngest didn't feel left out. Wasn't going to try it after reading the reviews, but went ahead and was glad I did. Followed recipe exactly and came out w/ 24 sandwiches. They were a little crispier than I expected so I'll probably take them out of the oven a little sooner next time, but they are delicious!!!

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  37. I just made these and they are delicious! I did not get quite as many as you (only about a dozen sandwiches) and used a little more chocolate but still delicious! For those who commented that the cookies didn't spread out - maybe they used softened butter instead of melted? Or maybe oven wasn't hot enough? Just a thought.

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  38. I am making these cookies as I write - I just put 12 on each sheet and letting bake - the remainder of the batter will be enough for 12 more cookies? - Cant wait to try - they smell good

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  39. They are great. Followed recipe as stated. Cookies thinned out however, I think when I make another batch I'm going to keep them single and dip in chocolate rather than create sandwiches. Sandwiches are a little thick and keeping to one will allow me to give more away for the holidays!

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  40. ^^ - Very good idea - chip and dip - I ended up making 2 batches because you can pop in your mouth

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  41. For those whose cookies didn't thin out and/or the recipe didn't make 22 sandwiches - be sure to follow the recipe exactly and use one *level* teaspoon for each cookie. That's probably not as much dough as you're used to when making cookies. :-) Take a measuring teaspoon and scoop it in the batter, then use a butter knife to level it off. Gina's recipe worked perfectly for me and it even made 24 sandwiches. Delicious.

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    1. Here's a pic! http://i.imgur.com/yk5J5mR.jpg

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  42. would a blend of gluten free all purpose work in this recipe?

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  43. I made 2 batches of this very delicious cookie. I got 11(22) cookies from the first batch and 12 (24) from the second batch. I'm wondering if you used a measuring teaspoon to measure out the amount of batter.
    A suggestion for those who are having difficulty removing cookies from the pan. I moved all the cookies with the parchment paper still attached directly to the cooling rack. Once cookies were completely cooled I was able to peel the parchment paper off easily.

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    1. "I'm wondering if you used a measuring teaspoon to measure out the amount of batter."

      Yes, you do. One level teaspoon, as stated in the recipe.

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  44. Made these this afternoon. Spread great; got 41 vs 44. I had problem knowing just when to remove from the oven. ...and using 3 different cookie sheets that each cook differently. My biggest problem was with the chocolate. I used 1 oz, and the chocolate is so thin the two do not stick together. Maybe after sitting a while they will. I will make again; however, next time keep as single cookies and not use any chocolate.

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  45. I got 35 sandwiches. Clearly, I shorted each of the teaspoons! I did use about an ounce of the chocolate. My cookies did NOT spread. I have to wonder if I over mixed? Everything else I followed to a "T". If I make these again, I will use a heaping teaspoon and be very careful not to over mix.

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  46. These cookies turned out PERFECT and were a huge hit! Thanks Gina for another fabulous recipe!

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  47. My first batch didn't spread at ALL so when the next tray when in, I flattened them first and they turned out perfectly. The batter is RIDICULOUS, so tasty. Yum yum.

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    1. And my third batch was the best - I flattened the crap out of them first.

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  48. I made these over the weekend and got the highest praise from my man. He declared these the best cookies I've ever made. I do bake fairly often too, and not all healthy cookies (though mostly). Your oatmeal cookies are my personal favorite and I have fun using different types of chips, dried fruit and nuts to mix it up. These will for sure have to go into the rotation.

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  49. You did it again! I cook when I'm stressed and I crave sweets when I'm studying, so when I saw this cookies a few days ago on Pinterest I just knew I would end up making them. I just did and they are amazing!

    It yielded 43 cookies and they spread beautifully, and even though my oven is tiny and I had to bake them in four batches they were pretty quick to make.
    My advices for anyone having trouble are: level the teaspoons, use real butter (because it may alter the texture and spreadability to use vegetable shortening or other alternatives - its just 1/4 cup for the whole batch anyway, not that much cholesterol), make sure you melt the butter until its completely liquid and bake smaller batches if needed (I burnt a few cookies in my first batch but then I reduced the size of the batches and they cooked evenly). Also be careful, they are so thin they can go from raw to burnt in literally 1 minute, if they're golden take them out, even if they're still bubbling.
    I omitted the chocolate sandwiching step and they are light, crispy and taste like something out of grandmas oven on a winter night =)
    Thank you for another great recipe =^_^=

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  50. all I have on hand is "quick cooking" oats. I assume I can use that and the cookies just won't be as "lumpy" ?

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    1. All I had were quick oats as well (Quaker). I noticed it said old fashioned oats after I put them in the oven :) I found the cookies were a little chewier than typical lace cookies, but they still taste great!

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  51. Would using coconut or almond milk be ok? I don't drink regular milk and never buy it for cooking either.

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    1. Of course it would!

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  52. Am in UK How many ounces or grams is in a cup measure?

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