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 time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 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.

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  1. Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    I love your Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies to #FillTheCookieJar this month. They look delicious and so easy to make. Great for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
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  2. Kris ~ Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

    I absolutely have to try this cookie! Honestly, you had me at crumbled up on ice cream. Perfection in any form!
    Kris ~ Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies recently posted…Irish Butter ShortbreadMy Profile

  3. Kim @ 2justByou

    My kids are huge oatmeal cookie fans. I bet that first batch made a really yummy ice cream topping too!
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  4. Michelle

    Oh, these look yummy!
    Michelle recently posted…Irish Cream Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for #fillthecookiejarMy Profile

  5. Kate @KateMovingForward

    I’ve never heard of these cookies before, but they look really good!
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  6. Cindys Recipes and Writings

    I might make extra just to have some for topping! Sounds good for yogurt too!
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  7. Susan

    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.

  8. Krista - TheQuinntessentialMommy.com

    These look delicious!! Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty! http://www.thequinntessentialmommy.com
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  9. Winnie

    I simply love cookies with oats, and these look very tasty!!
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  10. Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day great cookies Audrey and thx for sharing them at my Say gday Party pinned!
    Cheers! Joanne

  11. Saundra @ Famished Fish

    I see you have a wonderful sous chef! And the cookies—love oatmeal.
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  12. Cynthia L

    I love lace cookies! When I go to World Market, I always buy some. I need to make some of these for my family (or should I say myself)!
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  13. Crystal @ Castle View Academy

    Oh, I think Mom used to make these! I’ll have to ask her the next time we talk.
    They look delicious.
    Crystal @ Castle View Academy recently posted…St. Patrick’s Day CardMy Profile

  14. Mary

    I have to admit I haven’t had great success with lace type cookies, but Im going to give these a try and hope for a few good cookies and some ice cream topping too, lol they sure look good
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  15. Joan Merrell

    I love oatmeal cookies, and I remember these kinds of cookies from when I was a kid. I have been looking for a recipe to replicate those yummy oatmeal cookies. Thanks so much for sharing this!
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  16. Amberjane

    Well I am Irish and I have some of these in my biscuit tin 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.
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  17. Heather@ My Overflowing Cup

    These look delicious – so light and crispy!

    Love all that butter with the oatmeal – I can almost taste them.

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Pinning!
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  18. Rachel

    Well I just put this on the list for my little chef to make up for the family. Thanks for Sharing on Merry Monday.
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  19. Lou Lou Girls

    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

  20. Kelly @ Mum-bo

    These look fantastic! I am glad you gave them another go after your first attempt. Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday
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  21. Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at The Recipe Sharing Pin and Yum Party! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed.
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    1. Audrey

      Thanks for hosting the party, Marilyn.

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