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: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and honey and microwave until the mixture becomes bubbly.
Step 2: Stir in the almond flour and granulated sugar to the honey butter mixture until completely combined and thick. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and set the dough aside while the oven preheats.
Step 3: Drop teaspoons of the cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 3-4 inches apart.
Step 4: Bake 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.
Tip #1 - 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!
Tip #2 - 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 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 unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup almond flour
- Heat the butter and honey in a microwave-safe bowl until it starts to boil. This can also be done in a small pan over medium-low heat.
- Whisk the sugar and almond flour into the hot mixture until thick (2-3 minutes). Let it sit while your oven preheats to 350°F.
- Drop ¾ teaspoons of the batter 3-4 inches apart onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake until the cookies are flat and golden (about 6-8 minutes).