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Despite their delicate structure, these lace cookies are filled with flavor from sweet and spicy candied pecans.
What Are Lace Cookies Made Of?
With a foundation of melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla and corn syrup, this cookie recipe has a deep caramel flavor to it. Lace cookies can vary in their structure, but usually only with the type of flour used, as this is what gives it that lacy look. Some use the most common variations are with almond flour or oat flour.
To get that lacy look, I’m using extremely finely ground sweet and spicy candied pecans. The finer the pecans are ground, the better the cookie will hold its shape. If you choose to just make these with regular pecans, opt for pecan meal if you can find it.
These pecan lace cookies are great for a gluten-free cookie. The cook quickly, with only 8 minutes of baking time per cookie sheet, they require no refrigeration, and the batter is so quick to assemble.
Why Are My Lace Cookies Breaking?
The primary reason lace cookies break is because the pecans weren’t ground into a fine enough meal. Since the pecans are used as a flour alternative, they need to be extremely small like flour. This gives the cookies something to bind them.
In positive news, if you do get a bunch that break, they make an excellent topping for ice cream or hot chocolate!
How To Store Lace Cookies
As long as the lace cookies are appropriately cooked, the cookies should stay crisp in an airtight container for up to a week. I recommend keeping them at room temperature so as not to dampen the texture of the lace cookies with extra moisture.
If you don’t get the cookies cooked completely, where they seem done, but are moldable rather than crisp, they will turn into a sticky glob after more than a day. Especially if they touch.
How To Make Pecan Meal
The easiest way to make the pecan meal for these cookies is with a food processor. You can pulse the sweet and spicy pecans in there until they are finely ground. If you don’t have a food processor available, you can certainly use a knife or a nut chopper, it will just take much longer.
To get the really wonderful look of a lacey cookie, the cookie has small holes in it that look like lace, you want your pecan meal to have a slight variance in size. Don’t pulverize the pecans until they make a flour, make sure a few pecans are left chopped super small.
Pro Tips For Making Lace Cookies
- Dark brown sugar may make them look burnt. They may not actually be burnt, the deeper color from the molasses in the sugar may make them appear to be overly caramelized. Judge by whether or not they are crisp.
- Uneven parchment sheets will make your cookies lopsided. I recommend using a silicone baking mat or lining your baking sheets with parchment paper that is cut to fit the pan. If the sheet angles upwards in a rimmed sheet, that angle is likely to make your cookies become lopsided during cooking. The same thing happens if your pan is warped as well.
- If the butter is separated from the dough, it hasn’t cooled enough. As the batter for the lace cookies cools, the butter will congeal into it. If you stir it up and the butter is still separating from the brown sugar, give it another minute or two and try again.
- It is easy to use too much batter. Lace cookies spread a lot when they cook. As a result, you only need about a teaspoon of batter for each cookie. Each standard prepared baking sheet should fit roughly 6 cookies at a time.
- As the batter cools, you need to use less. As the batter cools in the pan, the ingredients begin to congeal. When the batter is warm, you only need a scant tablespoon per cookie. However, if you use that amount when the batter is at room temperature, it will make a cookie twice as large. Reduce the size of the cookie as it cools to keep them uniform.
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Sweet and Spicy Pecan Lace Cookie Recipe
Since the candied pecans already have the sweet and spicy flavor built into them, you don’t have to add any additional spices to your cookies. This makes these a cinch to put together, especially during the holidays where candied and spiced pecans are easy to find.
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Happy Cooking! 🙂
Sweet and Spicy Pecan Lace Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter
- ⅔ cup packed brown sugar, (dark or light)
- 3/4 cup sweet and spicy pecans, ground fine
- 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the brown sugar, salt, pecan meal, and corn syrup. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool for 10-12 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and drop a scant teaspoonful of cookie dough on the sheet, three inches apart.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and allow to finish cooking on the baking for sheet for at least 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.