November 25, 2018



These Gingerbread Lace Cookies will be a hit at any cookie swap this holiday season. They are aromatic, delicate, and crispy. Prepped entirely on the stovetop and baked for 6 minutes, these cookies couldn't be easier to make.

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Are you slowly coming out of the Thanksgiving food comma as I am? Not only did I gorged on turkey dinner and the fixin's on Thanksgiving day, but there was also eating out on Friday. I always tell myself to choose something light on the menu, but that rarely happens, and it didn't. The indulgence continued over the weekend as I celebrated a birthday. All that eating and excess left me feeling very sluggish.

Gingerbread Lace Cookies

I was able to muster enough motivation to perfect this cookie recipe though. After all, it is cookie swap season, and I'm so excited to share these delicate gingerbread cookies with you! I guarantee, these lacy, light, and crispy babies will be a hit at any cookie swap. And they are super easy to make too! No mixers or mixing bowl needed! Nope! Just cook up the ingredients in a small saucepan, drop them by the teaspoonful on a lined baking sheet, and bake. Literally six minutes later, you've got yourself some killer cookies!!

Talk about perfect for the holiday season—with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and chopped pecans, these lacy delights smell and tastes like the holidays.

Gingerbread Lace Cookies

Not only are these a must make item for cookie swaps, they are perfect homemade gifts. Say "I took the time to make something special for you" with these. There is no doubt they will be appreciated (and devoured). 

Gingerbread Lace Cookies

If you are looking for a new cookie to make for Christmas and the holidays, you have got to try these!!! When you do, I know you will agree they couldn't be more delicious or simpler to make!


Gingerbread Lace Cookies


4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons molasses
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/16 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.

Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat. Add sugar. Cook until dissolved, stirring occasionally. Stir in cream and molasses. Add flour and spices, whisking until smooth. Allow to come to a gentle boil for 1 to 2 minutes, reducing heat if needed. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Reduce heat to lowest heat setting as you continue to work.

Drop the cookie mixture, a measured teaspoonful at a time, onto the lined baking sheet. Allow at least 2 to 3-inch space in between. Mixture will bubble and expand as it bakes. Bake until the cookie turns light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. 

Remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool off and firm up a few minutes. Using a spatula, transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Cookie will become firm and crispy when completely cooled (best to wait 15-20 minutes before eating).

Store in an airtight container, refrigerated for maximum crispiness but could be left at room temperature. Makes 36 3-inch cookies. 

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  1. Someone made this type of cookie on Great British Baking Show and shaped it like a face! I've been wanting to look up a recipe ever since--thanks for posting!

    1. It must have looked pretty cool! You can actually shape lace cookies too. I've wrapped them in a cone shape mold before. I prefer them flat as it's so much easier and just as tasty. I'm glad I could be of help, Inger. I hope you'll get a chance to try these cookie sout!

  2. I tell myself the same thing every time we go out eating, choose something light, you love salads and soups, so why not? But it never works... I mean, I can make good salads and soups at home, but the stuff we eat in restaurants is not exactly what I would often cook at home... The cookies looks really good, I have never had this type of cookie, but somehow I can imagine how they taste like. And especially their consistency. Delicious!

    1. Ha ha! Sounds like we are in the same boat, Adina! Best intentions always loses when it comes to dining out. The menus with drool worthy pictures and enticing descriptions get me every time. I love the lightness and crunch of lace cookies. They really are in a class of their own.

  3. These are gorgeous, Thao! I also love a crispy cookie, especially when I eat it with coffee!! These are a must-include on a Christmas cookie tray!

  4. Thank you, Katherine!! I love lace cookies in general. They are so easy to make and go good!

  5. I have made them and they were delicious. Is there a way to triple the recipe? It is complicated trying to multiply by 3.