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Vegan Oatmeal Lace Cookies [with Coconut]

February 5, 2020

A recipe for Healthy and Vegan Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies. A simple gluten-free and vegan recipe that is ready in 20 minutes.. Little prep work required and makes several dozen cookies.

I’ll be honest, I try not to post finicky recipes. Mostly because who wants to make a recipe that has tons of steps and super specific instructions? But also because when I do I end up having to answer so many questions in the comments. Don’t get me wrong, I love connecting with you guys but not necessarily when I know you didn’t follow the instructions (we all know the people who don’t know how to follow a recipe! Yes…I’m looking at you!)

I originally posted this recipe and 6 years ago and while I thought I was pretty clear in the instructions, it turns out that with finicky recipes I need to really drive the recipe home. It started to get me worried seeing a couple of you not having success so I thought it was due time I retest the recipe (even though recipes are tested 3 times before being posted). For these vegan oatmeal lace cookies I tried to really reinforce the fact that you need to use a TEASPOON (using a measuring spoon!) per cookie dough and to not overcrowd the pan so this time I not only tested the recipe, I also tested where it can go wrong.

And lo and behold my theory was confirmed – there’s nothing wrong with the recipe….some of you guys just don’t know how to follow it 😉 So I’ve decided to update the post below to drill home certain things you need to do to get the perfect oatmeal lace cookies. And trust me, you’re gonna want to follow the instructions because these cookies are DELISH!

What are lace cookies?

If you don’t know what lace cookies are… you’re not alone! They are super thin, crispy yet chewy oatmeal cookies that I can’t get enough of. Like I said, they are really easy to throw together and don’t require many ingredients. There’s a fair chance you have everything you need for these cookies in your pantry right now!

Here’s What You Need:

  • oat flour – Did you know that you can make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a blender or food processor? You can also use all purpose flour if you’d like. 
  • rolled oats – regular or quick cooking! Don’t use steel-cut.
  • coconut palm sugar – brown sugar works great as well.
  • unsweetened coconut flakes – like I said, I added a flavor twist with these coconut flakes and highly recommend you do the same!
  • spices – cinnamon and salt
  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract

Perfect Cookies… Every Time

I can’t say it enough, these cookies are super simple BUT (and I mean BUT!) you must follow the instructions perfectly. When I say to use one TEASPOON, I mean 1 exact teaspoon. I have tested these cookies many times and can tell you that if you use more than a teaspoon per cookie, your cookies will not flatten out. So please use a measuring spoon for every.single.cookie. You got this!

These cookies spread a ton so trust me, only put 12 cookies on a baking sheet. When I make these they usually yield around 4 dozen but be sure to bake each on a single tray, one at a time. They only take 5 minutes to bake so it’s 20 minutes total if you have two trays going.

Bake for just five minutes. Set your timer and watch them as they quickly burn! Remove from the oven but let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for at least five minutes. Don’t touch them before then or they’ll lose their shape. 

Storing Lace Cookies

These cookies are best when they’re fresh and crispy but there are some tips to storing that help with the crisp. 

  1. Let the cookies cool completely before putting them in an airtight container.
  2. Store lace cookies on their own – don’t mix with other types of cookies!
  3. Store on your counter or in your refrigerator for up to five days.
  4. If you want or need to store them longer, store them in the freezer for up to three months. 

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Vegan Oatmeal Lace Cookies

A recipe for Healthy and Vegan Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies. A simple gluten-free and vegan recipe that is ready in 20 minutes.. Little prep work required and makes several dozen cookies.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 dozen 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oat flour (AP flour will work too)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. In a large bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats, coconut palm sugar, coconut flakes, salt and spices.
  4. In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. Dough will be wet but not super sticky – this is normal.
  6. Using a 1 teaspoon (using a measuring spoon), scoop dough and place on lined baking sheet. Form into a small ball and flatten slightly with hand. Dough may crumble a bit. They spread a lot so only use 1 tsp!
  7. Repeat for 12 cookies per sheet (will take 4 cookie sheets for whole recipe).
  8. Bake for 5 mins. Watch carefully as they burn quickly.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes (do not try to remove before then).
  10. Remove from baking sheet using a spatula and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  11. Will keep for several days on counter in an airtight container.

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  • Reply
    Ted
    November 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Did not flatten out or spread at all…

  • Reply
    Esther
    August 13, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Hi! Can I substitute maple syrup with honey and coconut oil with another oil?

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      August 13, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      Unfortunately, no! You’ll need to use the exact ingredients for these to turn out.

  • Reply
    Abby
    May 20, 2020 at 5:51 am

    I made this recipe exactly as directed, even made sure to use a teaspoon, and I ended up with granola. Super disappointing when you’re really jonesing for a lacey cookie.

  • Reply
    Tricia
    April 4, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    They did not spread at all! I ended up with granoa!!

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      April 5, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Did you use a teaspoon measuring spoon for each cookie? Anything bigger than a teaspoon (measured with a measuring spoon – not a regular spoon) will not spread!

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