Oatmeal Pecan Lace Cookies

Recipe for Oatmeal Pecan Lace Cookies
Becky Luigart-Stayner


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1-1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup very finely chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a large, heavy, shiny baking sheet. (These cookies are likely to burn on a dark one.) Cut four sheets of parchment paper to fit the baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with one of them and set the others aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on high speed for 2 minutes. Beat in the flour, salt, milk, vanilla, and orange zest, until evenly blended. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the oats and pecans until evenly mixed.

With lightly floured hands, shape the dough into 1-inch-diameter balls. Place the balls on the parchment paper on the baking sheet, leaving 3 inches in between. (Expect to get nine on the sheet.) Bake on the center oven rack for 11 to 13 minutes, until the cookies are flat, bubbly, and just starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute. Carefully lift the sides of the parchment paper and place the cookies on the counter. Wait 2 to 3 minutes, then slide a thin-blade spatula under the cookies and transfer them to a cooling rack. (If the cookies are still too soft, wait a minute or two more.) Cool the cookies completely.

Allow the baking sheet to cool completely, or use a second baking sheet and line it with a fresh sheet of parchment paper before baking the next batch. (If you don’t use a fresh sheet of parchment paper, the cookies won’t be flat on the bottom).

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Makes about 32 cookies.

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I'm assuming you can use gluten free oats? Also, is the flour to thicken the cookie batter a little & could you substitute corn starch or something like GF Bisquick? That would make it gluten free.

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Hi, Beck. You’ll notice in the recipe intro that we suggest following the recipe precisely for best results. We see no reason not to swap for gluten-free oats, but otherwise you should stick with the ingredients listed.

Yes, you can substitute quick

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Yes, you can substitute quick oats for old-fashioned rolled oats. However, when recipes call for rolled oats they tend to include less liquid. You may need to add a small amount of liquid if you replace the rolled oats with quick oats. Keep an eye out as you are mixing the batter.

Can you use quick oats?

Can you use quick oats?