French Lace Cookies

French Lace cookies are sweet buttery confections.

Not a traditional cookie, they are thin and delicate. In this homemade cookie recipe, butter should be used, no substitutions.

These unique cookies are first cooked on top of the stove and then baked in the oven. Be sure to leave sufficient space between cookies as they spread. With a very short baking time, you do need to watch these cookies carefully while they are in the oven.

French Lace cookies can be left flat or they can be curled. To curl cookies, as you lift each cookie from the baking sheet, curl it around the handle of a wooden spoon to form a tube. Cool the curled cookie seam side down. If cookies cool too quickly to curl, return to oven briefly to soften.

Serve these fancy cookies, curled or uncurled, at your next party or for a special occasion.

Yield: 4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter (no substitute)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup ground pecans
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie baking sheet with parchment paper, do not grease pan or paper.

2. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and stir over moderate heat just until mixture bubbles. Remove from heat immediately.

3. Drop by half teaspoonfuls 4 inches apart on baking sheets. You will only get 4 or 5 cookies on each sheet.

4. Bake 6 to 7 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Remove from oven and let stand 1 to 2 minutes, just until cookies are firm enough to lift off sheet with a pancake turner. Place cookies in a single layer on wire racks to cool. When completely cooled, store in airtight container.

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