Lace Cookies

These gossamer cookies have just enough flour in them to keep them from flowing off the cookie sheet. They spread enormously to become "cookies made of lace." Like snowflakes, they should be a winter phenomenon, as they will become totally limp in any but the driest weather.
Prep
20 mins
Bake
5 to 7 mins
Total
25 mins
Yield
4 dozen 3" cookies
Lace Cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment. (See "tips", below).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, oats, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the butter until it's just melted. Mix this into the dry ingredients.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the vanilla and blend it into the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Drop this dough in small spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet, allowing plenty of room for cookies to spread.
  6. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, depending on how large your cookies are.
  7. Let cookies cool just enough on the parchment so you can get a spatula under them without tearing them. If you wait any longer, your love affair with these cookies might sour, as they will stick tenaciously.
  8. Cool them thoroughly on a wire rack, and store in a cool, dry, airtight container for up to 5 days.

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