My grandma is a phenomenal baker that would make all kinds of cookies, but over the years I learned of a brand new type - lace cookies! They are delicate, crispy cookies with a caramel flavor that are truly reminiscent of fine lace fabric. They seem so fancy to me, so I decided to make my own Easy 4 Ingredient Lace Cookies!
Also called florentine cookies, these lacey cookies use a combination of sugar and honey to get that perfect, mesh-like texture with an almond crunch. And they are gluten free! Don't let the elegant appearance of these cookies scare you away. They are so simple and addicting, and I know you will love them!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- You'll only need 4 simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make these almond lace cookies!
- The crunch of these nutty, delicate cookies will keep you coming back for more.
- This easy recipe only has 4 steps and doesn't require any specialty tools to make the perfect cookie.
- This lace cookie recipe is proof that the ingredients are more than the sum of their parts!
- They are so versatile - add them to a Christmas cookie tray, whip them up for easy gifting, or serve these crunchy cookies all year long with coffee or tea.
- Almond flour - this is the main binder in this lace cookies recipe. Also called almond meal, almond flour can be found in the baking aisle near the alternative flours and is made from blanched, ground almonds that have their skins removed. Although it has flour in the name, this product is gluten free!
- Honey - the honey in this recipe helps make a caramel with the granulated sugar, creating the lace like appearance when baked! Because this is one of only 4 ingredients, using good quality local honey will make a difference in the flavor of your crispy cookie.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions & Variations
- The honey can be substituted in equal amounts with corn syrup.
- Turn these into cookie sandwiches by smushing them together with chocolate ganache, Nutella, caramel, or your favorite filling.
- Once cooled, dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate and let harden on a piece of wax or parchment paper. You can use dark chocolate, white chocolate, or half and half for a tuxedo version!
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Add the butter and honey to a a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Mix in the sugar and then heat for about 10-20 seconds.
Step 2: Stir in the almond flour until it's completely combined. Heat one last time in the microwave for another 10-20 seconds. Whisk again really well.
Step 3: Drop teaspoons of the cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 3-4 inches apart.
Step 4: Bake at 350°F until cookies have spread into thin discs and are the perfect golden brown color. Let cool completely on the cookie sheet placed on a wire rack.
- Don't skip any of the microwave treatments. Heating throughout the dough-making process will help them bake into crispy lace cookies.
- Because these cookies will spread quite a bit, it's very important to space them out on your baking sheet. If the cookie mounds are too close, you will end up with 1 giant lace cookie!
- These florentine lace cookies are likely to stick to your pan, so using a prepared cookie sheet is really important. While I recommend parchment paper, you can also use a silicone cookie sheet liner to make removing the cookies from the pan simple and clean.
Absolutely! Melt butter and honey in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and you see sugar bubbles, then remove from the heat and mix in the almond flour and sugar.
Sure! You can make almond flour from blanched, skinned almonds by pulsing them in a food processor until they are very finely ground, stopping before it becomes a paste.
These cookies are best eaten the same day but can be stored in an airtight container with wax paper between the layers of cookies to keep them from sticking together for up to 2 days. Be sure to store in a dry place as humidity can cause the cookies to get soft and sticky.
Store in freezer bags for up to 2 months.
Easy 4 Ingredient Lace Cookies
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- 3 tablespoons (42 g) unsalted butter
- 1½ teaspoons (10.5 g) honey
- 3 tablespoons (36 g) granulated sugar
- ¼ cup (28 g) almond flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat the butter and honey in a microwave-safe bowl until melted. This can also be done in a small pan over medium-low heat.
- Whisk the sugar into the honey butter mixture. Heat again for 10-20 seconds.
- Whisk in the almond flour and heat for another 10-20 seconds. Give the mixture a final stir.
- Drop 1 teaspoon balls of the batter onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (3-4 inches apart). Bake until the cookies are flat and golden (about 6-9 minutes).
The provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Accuracy is not guaranteed.