Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies are a Crunchy Caramelly Delight

Irish Oatmeal Lace cookiesIf you are looking for a simple crunchy cookie with a heavenly caramel taste, have I got a cookie for you: Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies.

For this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar post the theme was Irish or Green. I choose these simple cookies because I’d just posted about the Lemon Basil Shortbread cookies a few weeks ago and I thought going to shortbread again might be too soon.

Are these traditional Irish in origin? I have no idea. But, since I just got me Ancestry DNA test results that say I am 31% Irish, you can safely say these cookies are too. Or use Irish butter and oats to make them even more so.

When you look at the ingredients you might notice there is too little flour in these. The butter and brown sugar melt together and the little amount of flour just holds the oats together.  Just use gluten-free oats and flour and these are a simple gluten-free cookie as well.

I recruited my sous chef to make these while I snapped the photos. Yes, a 7 year old can handle this with minimal supervision (full supervision with the baking part).

I didn’t have time to soften the butter when he wanted to bake, so I had him slice it to make it easier to cream.

sliced butter

Then he added the brown sugar.

kid packing brown sugar

Creamed them together.

turning on mixer

Added the other ingredients and scooped onto the pan.

drop by teaspoonful

The first batch was a disaster! Far too lacy..

failed cookies

I learned a few tricks from this. First, I tweaked the recipe to what you see below. Then, I flattened the cookies so they would melt more evenly. Success…

oatmeal lace cookies on the pan

As for the first batch, we just broke it up to make a delicious ice cream topping.

caramel oatmeal ice cream topping

Be sure to scroll past the recipe to see what the other blogger’s came up with for our theme this month.

Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Prep time5 minutes
Cook time15 minutes
Total time20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Dessert
Occasion St Patrick's Day
Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies - a thin crunchy caramel oatmeal cookie.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal (gluten-free if desired)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour baking sheets
Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla;
creamed brown sugar and butter
Stir in flour and oats.
stir in flour and oatmeal
Drop batter by the tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets leaving plenty of room for cookies to expand - at least 3-4 inches. Flatten dough slightly with spoon or fingertips.
drop by teaspoonful
Bake until cookies flatten and brown, about 10 minutes.
oatmeal lace cookies on the pan
Let cookies cool for 4 to 5 minutes on baking sheets. Lift from baking sheet with spatula to cooling racks to cool completely

Until next time, happy eating.

23 thoughts on “Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies are a Crunchy Caramelly Delight”

  1. What a perfect cookie for a snowy day like today (and I’ll probably have 6-10 of them because I’ve shoveled enough snow to earn them!). Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

  2. Oh my…so delicious! I’m always get so excited to see what you have brought to our party! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Lou Lou Girls

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