Indulge in the delightful elegance of these Lace Cookies. Made with almonds, sugar, honey, cream, and dark chocolate, these crispy treats are a sublime addition to any dessert spread. Simple yet sophisticated, Lace Cookies are the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
Lace cookies are a worldwide favorite known for their delicate design. They're a popular choice for holiday gifting, especially at Christmas, and are often served at special events and tea parties due to their elegant appearance.
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Let's jump right into this delightful recipe.
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Ingredients for Lace Cookies
- Orange Zest
- Vanilla Extract
- Dark Chocolate
See recipe card for quantities.
Instructions for Lace Cookies
Pulse almonds in a food processor, then mix with flour, orange zest, and salt in a bowl.
Boil sugar, cream, honey, and butter in a saucepan, then stir in vanilla.
Pour the hot syrup into the almond mixture and combine well.
Bake tablespoonfuls of the mixture on a parchment-lined sheet at 350°F (180°C) for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Melt the dark chocolate.
Drizzle chocolate over cookies and let it set. Enjoy!
Hint: When baking these lace cookies, keep a close eye on them during the final few minutes of baking. They can go from perfect golden brown to burned very quickly because of their thin and delicate nature. The edges should be a deeper golden brown than the center for that classic lace cookie texture - crispy on the edges and slightly chewy in the middle.
For dietary substitutions: Replace flour with gluten-free blends for a gluten-free version. Lactose-free cream or non-dairy milk, such as almond or coconut milk, can substitute regular cream. Coconut oil can stand in for butter, and vegans can use maple syrup or agave instead of honey.
Keep in mind, making substitutions may change the texture and taste of the cookies, potentially impacting the final result. Always experiment with small batches when making changes to the original recipe.
- Add sea salt on the chocolate for a salty-sweet kick.
- Top with crushed peppermint candies for a holiday vibe.
- Sandwich two cookies with chocolate ganache, raspberry jam, or citrus cream for extra decadence.
- Food Processor: For finely chopping almonds. (or a sharp knife to finely chop almonds)
- Mixing Bowls: To mix almonds, flour, zest, and salt.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: To measure ingredients accurately.
- Saucepan: To bring sugar, cream, honey, and butter to a boil.
- Wooden Spoon: To stir while boiling.
Step 2 - Baking
- Baking Sheet: To place the cookie scoops on.
- Parchment Paper: To avoid sticking.
- Ice cream scoop: To scoop the cookie batter.
Step 3 - Chocolate
- Piping Bag: To drizzle melted chocolate. (or a resealable plastic bag)
Most Useful Equipment: Food Processor. It's key for getting the almonds finely chopped, which is essential for the texture of these cookies.
Note: If using a silicone baking mat instead of parchment paper, watch your cookies closely. Silicone takes longer to heat but retains heat longer, which might require baking time adjustments.
Once completely cooled, store your lace cookies in an airtight container. Layer the cookies between sheets of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together. They can be stored at room temperature for about a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Remember to leave enough space between the cookie dough drops to allow for spreading.
Absolutely, you can replace almonds with other nuts like hazelnuts or pecans.
Yes, if you prefer a sweeter taste, milk chocolate can be used.
Lace cookies spread a lot during baking, leaving a 4-inch distance will prevent them from merging together.
our batter might be too thick. Make sure to follow the recipe precisely, and remember that the cookies should be thinly spread.
es, you can freeze them in an airtight container, layered with parchment paper, for up to 3 months.
Yes, you can manually chop the almonds, though a food processor makes it easier to achieve the desired fine texture.
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1 cup (145g) Almonds
3 tbsp (22.5g) Flour
1 pinch (1g) Salt
Zest of 1 Orange
⅔ cup (140g) Sugar
2 tbsp (30ml) Cream
2 tbsp (40g) Honey
⅓ cup (70g) Butter
½ tsp (2.5g) Vanilla Extract
1 cup (200g) Dark Chocolate
Step 1 - Cookie mixture
- In a food processor, pulse the almonds until finely chopped.
- In a bowl, mix together the chopped almonds, flour, orange zest, and salt.
- In a saucepan, bring the sugar, cream, honey, and butter to a boil.
- Boil for an additional minute, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Immediately add to the almond-flour mixture and mix until well combined.
Step 2 - Baking
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the cookie batter and place each scoop on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Make sure to leave a 4-inch distance between each scoop to allow for spreading.
- Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Bake one baking sheet at a time for even cooking.
- Once baked, let the cookies cool down.
Step 3 - Chocolate
- Melt the dark chocolate.
- Use a piping bag to drizzle the melted chocolate over each cookie.
- Allow the chocolate to set, either at room temperature or by placing the cookies in the refrigerator for approximately 5 minutes.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Cookie
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: International
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: almond cookies, chocolate drizzle cookies, easy baking, homemade cookies, food processor recipes, melt-in-mouth cookies, dark chocolate treats
- Always wash your hands before preparing food and after handling raw ingredients.
- Never leave dairy products like cream out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.
- Be careful when melting chocolate, as it can easily burn.
- Remember, the cookie dough will be very hot after coming out of the oven. Allow them to cool before touching.
- Finally, store leftovers in a clean, airtight container.