by | Apr 19, 2021 | Food | 0 comments

My friend, Ilse, has been baking for her friends and family all her life. Now that she lives in a senior residence, she bakes almost every day and gives her cookies or cakes to her fellow residents, the staff and anyone who happens to stop by. A lifetime of baking has made Ilse an exceptional baker. After one of my visits, and knowing I am related to the cookie monster, Ilse gave me a little bag of Lacy Cookies. One bite and I knew I had to have this recipe. Better yet, I thought, I am going to bake with Ilse. And so I did.

The American dream is to have a big kitchen with an island, a huge fridge, double ovens and every kitchen gadget every made. Ilse’s kitchen, with counter space the size of a postage stamp, is barely big enough to turn around in. Her bowls, hand held mixer and cookie sheets are worn with age yet she manages to bake the most wonderful things in her tiny space. I have also found this to be true in the homes of my friends in Germany and France. The kitchens there are very small but the results that come out of their kitchens are huge.

Lacy Cookies are delicate, light, crunchy little cookies that melt in your mouth. They look like Florentines, yet they are much simpler to make. It took Ilse and I less than 5 minutes to mix the simple ingredients in one bowl. While the dough was chilling, we had a cup of tea and shared stories about our youth growing up in Germany.

After the dough was chilled, we rolled teaspoon fulls into little balls, placed them 3 inches apart on a silipat covered cookie sheet and baked them for 15-16 minutes. Oh, the heavenly aroma coming out of the oven! After the cookies were baked, we waited for them to cool so they don’t break their delicate little selves before putting them on a tray. Honestly, I could eat six of these at one time…but I nibbled on just one while another tray was baking in the oven. Later I made them at home, wrapped the cookies in baggies and, following Ilse’s good example of sharing, gave them to my neighbors. What a happy day!

Ilse's Lacy Cookies

Ilse's Lacy Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen
Author: Pipka
Prep time: 1 HourCook time: 16 MinTotal time: 1 H & 16 M


  • 1 cup quick cooking oats ( or 4 packages instant oatmeal)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract


  1. Whisk together oats, flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Add oat mixture to butter mixture and stir until combined. With a spatula, scrape the bowl to form the dough into a ball.
  5. Chill the dough for 1/2 to 1 hour.
  6. Take a level teaspoon of dough and shape dough into balls. Place 3 inches apart on a silipat lined sheet. Bake at 325 for 15-16 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and leave cookies on the pan to cool. Then remove carefully with a spatula and set on a tray or plate. Only 58 calories per cookie! Enjoy!


      Have your butter and egg at room temperature.

            Use unsalted butter.

            Let the cookies cool completely before transffering to a plate or tray.

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